Don, that was a classic story! I'm impressed as hell with your priorities. Since you're a teacher let me tell you what happened to my fourteen year old today. First and foremost, Hunter, my son, is always wearing a tee of one of his favorite bands. One of Hunter's favorite bands is the Ramones. The principle of the school had a chat with Hunter and mentioned in passing that the Ramones were one of his old favorites, too. Well, today, the principle gave Hunter an old tee which he had purchased at a Ramones gig back in the day. How priceless is that?
I gave one of my students, who is one of the better young guitarists I have heard, some TYA and Alvin Lee tapes that I purchased on CD. He was was intrigued wih Alvin's music when he heard me playing it on my stereo in the classroom.
Well, the kid has potential. For one thing, he recognized great guitar playing when he heard it.
The second thing is the way the kid plays - a very mature sense of dynamics, attack with both left and right hands, vibrato, sense of what to play where, and very melodic in his playing. He started out playing flamenco, so is able to both finger and flat pick. Unlike most kids, he is not obsessed wih being flashy - although he has the ability to turn on a bit of flash - but is more interested in making things sound right.
He's 16 and is already working in clubs. I went to see him a while back. He's playing second guitar to another guitarist (probably in his late twenties) but it is obvious to me he's already a better guitarist than the older and obviously more experenced guy, However, it's probably pretty good for him to pay his dues for a while in this situation while he learns and gets hi "stage legs" under him.
Hey yeah - Don's girlfriend could have just waited for Hobbit - and then he still would have gotten lucky when he brought her home!
Jun 6, 2006 - 8:06AM
Re: Re: Drum solos
I think you are all being very unfair to drummers. Seriously, how would you feel left alone on stage, trying to concentrate on what you're playing, and all the time you're thinking....
"I wonder what those b*****ds are doing back stage. They had better not be talking about me.....I hope no one finishes the last slice of gingerbread.....THAT'S MINE!"
(SSSHTT! Gotta concentrate on what I'm playing.....bangbangb-boomboom-tisssshhh. Where the hell are they?....my arms are seizing up and my ars* is in a cramp....banga-banga-trrrrum-tish-tish......Ow!...F*ck! There goes my calf muscle now....banga-bangbang-boomba-boom-tissssh....Oh..here they come now...at f*cking last!
"About f*ckin' time too....Hoi! You!......YOU....fancy-dan-flash guitar player! Look at me, let me see your mouth. I knew it...crumbs round your mouth...I just f*ckin' knew it...you ate the last slice of gingerbread, didn't you? I was saving that for after the gig with a generous spreading of fresh dairy butter on top, and a steaming mug of milky tea! But no-o-o-o, you have to help yourself to what's rightfully mine....regardless of the hurt and pain your actions cause. What right have you deprive a man of the simple pleasures he enjoys?"
"Do you WANT paid, drummer-boy?"
"S-s-orry, boss...I don't know what came over me for a moment".
Jun 6, 2006 - 9:53AM
Re: Drum solos
Drum Solos????......Does any band still do drum solos?....For those of you that are going to see Fogerty this summer, watch this guy Kenny Aronoff on drums....No solos!....Just good, hard driving rock and roll.
Jun 6, 2006 - 1:24PM
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I think Hobbit is what made her have to pee! However, I wouldn't have left and given up my spot front and center (right in front of Alvin) if Ric had played Hobbit twice!
Actually, all things considered - including her behavior and the direction the relationship was headed - I think I got lucky that night. I just didn't have sex.
Aronoff is and has been one hell of a no-nonsense drummer. One of my favorites no matter who he plays with - and he's played wth a lot of geat ones.
By the way, you guys know te definition of a band meeting don't you? It's when the rest of the band goes back stage during the drum solo, drinks all he beer, an b*tches about the drummer!
I used t work with a great drummer with a great sense of humor named Gary Baez - if you're out there Gary, how ya doin'? - he used to pretend to be offended every night when we introduced him demanding to know why we made the Mexican sit in the back.
He hated drum solos, and occasionally, in smaller clubs, he would invite a couple of women up on stages to sit on his lap and bang on his drums while he drank a beer - "the rest of the band is just drinkng beer and not paying atention anyway - why shouldn't I get a beer break?"