Drum Diary 04 June 2019

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Drum Diary 04 June 2019

A bit longer playlist today.  I added another bunch of songs to my practice playlist, should open things up a bit.  Hit the go button on the list above and read on below for commentary and such on each song.  With the exceptions of “Ticket To Ride,” “In The Flesh,” “Plush,” and “Red Hot,” I’ve never played any of these songs before today.  I haven’t learned any of them, so it’s all faking my way through.  With the exception of “Puppies,” though, I did all right.  You just don’t fake Primus.

  1. Audioslave – Last Remaining Light
    • Most of the songs on today’s list are pretty slow movers, and this is one of them.  Very fun to lay back into.  Believe it or not I can do the vocal on this about 40% of the time.  Hopefully when I get my guitar back I’ll be able to work this up as an acoustic tune and dazzle y’all with it.
  2. Pearl Jam – Rearviewmirror
    • One of PJ’s most popular live songs, has some great, driving energy, not so complex that I can’t fake my way through it.  Another of those songs with that six-stroke snare fill that is fun to hit, and when you get sunk into the groove you end up playing a lot of steady quarter notes on the bass drum, which makes it a great little workout.
  3. Beatles – Ticket To Ride
    • This has turned up on some of my playing before, needs no introduction nor explanation.  Interesting how Ringo changes up the syncopated accent in the last verse though, if you’re a drummer.
  4. Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride
    • This is a fun song to play, really has that early 70’s power pop vibe that hits that sweet spot between rocking and danceability.  It’s a shame people got too “cool” to write songs like this anymore.
  5. Pink Floyd – In The Flesh?
    • Big, thundery drums here, which you know if you’re at all familiar with it, and then the “heartbeat” bass pattern in the quiet parts.  Nick Mason is one of the great overlooked drummers of all rock music, and it would do any of us a big favor to study his work more closely.
  6. Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
    • Just a good old classic/southern rock jam, with a neat little pattern on the open hi-hat.  Another one of those mellow groove tunes that you could probably jam to for half an hour if the band smoked enough pot and the audience would put up with it.
  7. Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
    • Straightforward grungs.  The first time I saw this video my first thought was “what the hell did Eddie Vedder do to his hair?!”
  8. Primus – Too Many Puppies
    • Yeah, I’m an idiot for even trying to play this without taking the time to learn it…but there you have it.  Primus has never had less than a virtuoso on the throne, and even in this, one of their more basic songs, you can’t just sit down and BS your way through it.  Nice little homage to Bonham in the breakdown, too.
  9. Cracker – Low
    • Another grunge/alt-rock classic from the former Camper Van Beethoven singer and his childhood bud.
  10. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
    • One of those “drummer” songs, for obvious reasons.  I’ve never learned it – the tom/bass pattern in most of the song is tasty and fun, with Fleetwood’s classic pattern switches and consistency evident.  I didn’t bother even trying the little drum solo break.  Also one of the only rock songs I can think of to feature a straight-up marching band (the USC Trojans, if I remember right).
  11. Tom Petty – Breakdown
    • And bringing it back down to mellow.  Petty’s been turning up a lot in my playing lately, there just doesn’t seem to be an end to the songs by this guy and his fellow Heartbreakers that are well-known, easy to fake, and fun to play.
  12. ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
    • I wish I knew what these drums were, but even Jeff Lynne hasn’t said for sure.  The engineer for the album says it’s a slowed down loop from another song on the same album called “On The Run,” but I can’t find any info about what was used for drums on that.  Very synth heavy, and I don’t know if there’s some kind of early electronic kit involved here, or if the beats that sound electronic, particularly the snare, are augmented by a synth playing separately.
  13. Run DMC – King Of Rock
    • There is none higher.  Took me a minute to suss out the bass drum pattern on this, mostly because I started playing along right away rather than listening to it a little first and I haven’t actually even heard this song in probably fifteen or twenty years.
  14. Motley Crue – Red Hot
    • When I was coming up in metal bands in the early 80’s as a pre-teen and teenager, this was THE song to “prove” you could play.  Consequently, everyone learned to play it.  I haven’t touched it in a long, long while, but it’s a great little double-bass workout to get/keep the left in shape.

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