Drum Diary 23 May 2019

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Drum Diary 23 May 2019


Howdy howdy.  Here’s today’s diary.  Got started super late, been one of those days when everything in the world was getting in the way, but that’s life.  In good news, I found a bunch of new “drumless” songs to add to my library, so I’ve got about 135 tracks with no drums that I can play along with now.  Today’s playlist all comes off of those.

Pre-show stats

Not available this time; been running around like crazy, so I had no “resting” heart rate to measure.


  1. Pearl Jam – Jeremy
    • Not much to say about this one, other than it’s fun to play and I haven’t done it very often, but I found a drumless version of it today so I went with it.
  2. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name Of…
    • All kinds of fun, of course.  I need to set up a kit program to do those bells at the beginning
  3. Soundgarden – Fell on Black Days
    • This is one of a lot of songs, many of them that still surprise me, that I’ve heard a bajillion times but never sat down and learned and have rarely played.  I faked it okay though, caught all the breaks and most of the fills right, so I’m gonna feel okay about that.
  4. Toto – Rosanna
    • One of the all-time classic drum songs.  What makes this track is the hi-hat and snare groove, a variant of what’s called the “Purdie Shuffle.” Originally created by legendary timekeeper Bernard Purdie, this is best known to non-drummers through this song and Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain.”  I make no claim to being able to actually play it the way Jeff Porcaro does, but I’ve got my own little variation that plays a lot more with ghost notes on the snare rather than triplets on the hi-hat (and thus it’s not technically the Purdie Shuffle).  Super-fun syncopated beat to fool around with, lots of sixes-inside-of-fours, fun to fill, fun to noodle with.
  5. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird
    • Another new track in my “drumless” library.  This is a rather odd song for me because I don’t have the religious attachment to it that you find throughout the south, but – without going into my whole bio – it was my brother-in-law’s band’s signature cover in the 1970’s.  My brother in law was the closest thing I ever had to a drum teacher, and watching him play this was one of the things that really got me into drums as a kid, so it’s got a very special place for me that’s rather different from the average.  Yes, I played the nine minute version, and yes it’s a hell of a workout.
  6. The Police – Synchronicity II
    • This is one of my personal idiosyncrasy songs.  I’ve always loved this tune in spite of the goofy lines about the loch ness monster, and spent years trying to convince various harder bands I was in to cover it.  I finally did so with The Actors in the early 2000’s, but of course we broke up and while I did have a couple of recordings of our version of this they’re long gone.  “My” arrangement of the song is a bit heavier than the original, and I do this tom pattern in the first half of the bridges (“Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration/but we all know her suicides are fake…”) and then repeat it in the choruses (“Many miles away…”), and it comes off much more Stephen Perkins than Stuart Copeland.  Super fun.
  7. Metallica – Sad But True
    • And a bit of straight up mainstream Metallica for cooldown.

Post-show stats

  • Pulse:110
  • Blood Ox: 96%
  • Steps Taken:6574
  • Calories Burned: 416
  • Time: 50:06

As always, most of these numbers are ballparked with my Samsung Health app.  So the playtime doesn’t add up to 50 minutes; that’s how long from the time I started the app until I shut it off.  There’s a bit of gap between each song as I write it down, select the next one, etc., and always a little warmup and noodling in between.

Sorry so late today, I’ll try to get these posted earlier in the future for the half-dozen of you that actually dig them, but I didn’t even sit down until after 9:30 tonight.

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