Tag: live music

Real Drums Are Better Than Electronic Drums

Real Drums Are Better Than Electronic Drums

It’s been too long since I’ve played an acoustic drum set. From my days in high school in the percussion ensemble, to the shows I played in the pit for, and the gigs out in New York with my band, I miss hitting things and making lots of noise. 

I attribute my hiatus from drumming on real drums to living in various apartments where, understandably, making loud noises with drums wouldn’t be looked upon too favorably by the neighbors. Thankfully, I’ve had an electronic drum set to get me by in the last few years. It’s not the same, but ’tis better than nothing. 

I found a rehearsal studio here in town that offers a drummer’s practice room; a small space which drummers can rent out for practice. It’s even “drummer budget friendly” also – $15 gets me two hours time – perfect! 

I went down the other day and had a lot of fun, and wanted to do it again; this time, I brought some recording gear with me and put together a little video. It’s not perfect by any means, but it sure did feel good to get back behind the real drums for a change. Perhaps it’s some motivation to find a band to play with now!

 

Favorite Music: Live Performances

Favorite Music: Live Performances

Music speaks to us in so many different ways.  It can make us laugh, it can make us cry, it can help to heal us during a tough time; it’s like the best friend that’s always there when we need it.

Periodically, I’m going to share posts involving songs or performances of songs that have special meaning for me. 

The first one, is one of the best live performances I’ve heard… but to simply refer to listening to this as “hearing” it, is just not doing it justice. This is the gold standard in live performance, because Whitney Houston takes an arena packed with people and transports every single one of them to a special place with her performance of “A Song For You” 

Listen to this with your eyes closed; it’s true beauty in simplicity. 

Since I’m specifically referring to live performances, I can’t neglect to mention Jennifer Holliday’s performance of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the Tony’s in 1982.  

I love to see people who truly connect with the material, and show it in their performance. This is another one of those performances that, if it comes up in a YouTube “watch this again” feed, I always stop what I’m doing and do just that. I think Jennifer Hudson did a fine job in this role in the Dreamgirls movie, but I can clearly see where she took her inspiration.  Holliday isn’t just singing this, she’s feeling it, which makes for a unforgettable performance.  Do you have any favorite live performances? Post a comment, let me know! 

 

Gimme Shelter – Playing For Change

Gimme Shelter – Playing For Change

Found this in my “New Videos” of YouTube… I’ve been following this for some time now, a group called Playing for Change, that takes a mobile recording studio around the world and records street performers playing together, and edits things like this. Phenomenal.