What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Bang a Drum


Oregon Symphony

If you ask Beloved why she doesn’t go to concerts anymore, she’ll tell you that in the early eighties, at a Fleetwood Mac concert, Nick Fleetwood did a 10-minute drum solo that ruined live music for her forever. (For a while, I tried to get her to concerts of performers we adore, but either she was miserable or fell asleep. I eventually gave up.) While I am a big music fan, I also don’t want to sit through a 10-minute instrumental solo, no matter what the instrument (but especially drums).

I confess percussion is not typically my favorite thing, and when I was young and exploring music, it took only one lesson to convince me that banging on things was not for me. I have the rhythm, but not the interest. However, the drummers in today’s videos have forever changed how I think of percussion. Today, I bring you a fascinating mix of percussion videos. Some are more creative than others, but all made me appreciate percussion more than I ever have before. I don’t think I ever fully understood how much joy goes into it. These performers have really helped me get it. I haven’t enjoyed percussion this much since Sheila E!

And just for fun (but not fun for Beloved)…

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Bang a Drum

  1. WOW, what great memories today. I was there by invite when Krupa and Rich had one of their ‘drum battles’. Here it is: I miss the old days and the swing bands. Living in St. Louis, I got to hear a lot of them at the various dance hulls. Hal

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  2. This was great, Donna. But Will Ferrell…more cowbell!!! 😆

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  3. I enjoyed a couple of these videos and look forward to watching the rest. I think percussion is one of those elements of music that we laypeople only notice when it is really good or really bad. Your reference to Fleetwood Mac amused me as my husband and I went to a Fleetwood Mac concert a few years ago and Mick did indeed perform a ten minute drum solo that has become part of my husband’s repertoire of quips now because it was so bonkers.

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  4. I woildn’t call them music but they do have their place. I really like the big druns from Japan. The deep sound is great.

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