Just Sitting Here-February 15, 2009
Wow, do I ever waste time online. Some of it's productive. I learned more rock n' roll history, specifically about Skiffle and it's grand daddy, Lonnie Donegan. It made me wonder if a poor economy might do wonders for musical talent and ingenuity. Skiffle musicians played tea-chest basses made of broom handles and string. Guitars were hard to come by. Teens formed bands trying to imitate American rock and roll and they did it: in the streets, schools, garden parties, almost anywhere they could grab an audience (even better if there were cute girls to impress). John Lennon's group "The Quarrymen", was a Skiffle band. There was a hunger, I think, to make music any way they could. Is there the same hunger today? Is it easier to play Rock Band and guitar Hero and pretend you're a musician? Here I go sounding like an old fogey, but there didn't seem as much competition for my time when I was a teen as there is now. We didn't have cable TV, there was no internet, and video game consoles were limited to pong (but not until later in high school). Many of my students have plenty to keep them away from drum practice: video games galore, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. However, there has to be a hunger to play drums in order to progress in a substantial way. I really don't think today's situation hampers a student's progress any more than 30 or 40 years ago. If the desire is there, they will find a way to excel.