Well, Friday night I had the chance to play the tubs. There is a younger Airman in the shop that plays in a couple of local metal bands. He called and asked if I wanted to jam. We met at 10:00pm at the jam pad. After some small talk with a homeless guy (I've posted before about the characters that are found over by my jam pad which is in the old part of town), we went up to my place and cranked for about an hour. I've been sick as a dog for over a week, so I couldn't play any longer than an hour.
It was great fun... However I got got an ego check too. As we were making small talk outside by the cars, he jokingly made a comment that I need to listen to some "newer" music. I asked him what he meant, and he replied, "Your drumming has 80's hair metal all over it". LOL! I knew exactly what he was getting at, because about halfway into our jam session it occurred to me that my technique wasn't fitting a lot of the riffs he was playing.
So he gave me a couple of CD's to listen to; Sevendust and Killswitch Engaged. Man, the drums in this new music is so different than the bombastic "2 & 4" beats of my Motley Crue, KISS, 80's technique. This new stuff is very fast and choked double down beats with a slow tempo on the hi hats. For all you non drummers, it's a far cry from what I'm used to.
Ok enough on that...I want to send a shout out to all of "the regulars" who stop by. It re-affirms my belief in humanity when total strangers take time out of their lives to offer encouragement and ask about my well being when I haven't posted in awhile (thanks Wendy). I also enjoy being let into the lives of these same people. Phil, Mom, Wendy, Dave, Jen, Addict, Pnut, Mr. Schprock (Forgive me if I left anyone out) I look forward to getting home every day and seeing how your lives are going. I hope to continue this blogging relationship with all of you for a good long time.
Well, I live on a cul de sac where everyone keeps a well manicured lawn, and once again I seem to be the last to conform (it's my effort at being a rebel), so I must go take care of at least the front yard and shrubs. I also spent 75 bucks on accent lighting that I should try to install today.