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I joined my high school marching band as part of the flag line, and not JUST because we marched at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid and in an early 80's Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade. (Yes, video of this exists. No, I am not visible in it. No, I'm not linking it because it makes it WAY to easy to identify me) A sucker for a good drum line even then, I wanted to be near the sound! Over the years, I've seen and heard a number of great drumline performances, but two recent online clips are what prompted this topic tonight:

Saw this on my Facebook feed and was in love. The group is Top Secret Drum Corps hailing from Basel, Switzerland. Drums! Drama! Fire! How can you go wrong?


A few "similar video" clicks later and I'm watching  this group of high school lads who call themselves the Hot Scots. Their performance was put together in less than a week. Yeah, I can't do that either...



Back to my musical journey through percussion. Enter my formative music years in high school and college, and while many my age were enjoying 80's pop I had a thing for Rush. The band, NOT the drug-addicted blowhard. Oh, and while the entire band is good, drummergod Neil Peart is why to this day I attend their shows and drool a lot while not blinking. Take a look at this solo:


Spent my honeymoon in French Polynesia, aka the Tahitian Islands. Aside from all that sun (I burned in under 20 minutes at 8 o'clock in the morning waiting for our room to be ready), snorkeling (I was afraid to go underwater and had to wear a T-shirt so my back didn't burn while Mr. Brillig swam with the fishies) and food (OK, this I liked, especially the all-Tahitian-vanilla dinner!)... there's a fine history of Polynesian drumming. There are plenty of "Tahitian drumming" videos on Youtube that mostly feature the dancers, but this little piece of a few drummers jamming in the backyard is drummers. Oh, and cute kids :)...


I went through a mid-life... well, it wasn't a crisis but I did decide I wanted to learn to play the drums. I let this goal slide onto my "next life" bucket list because mid-life is waaaay to old to develop the limb independence needed to play a drumkit without enough disposable time to practice incessantly. I am grateful to the various local drummers who graciously let me hang out off to the side and watch while they played.

One of the best experiences I had during this time, was going to see U2 with Mr. Brillig and K1, who was just Kid Brillig at that point, as K2 hadn't arrived on the scene. Everyone else may have been watching Bono and The Edge, but I had my sights set on Larry Mullen Jr!


Best percussion that is not instrumental percussion but IS in fact percussion has got to be David Stackhouse, when he was with the a capella band Five O'Clock Shadow. He was both beatbox and bassist, calls what he does beatbass. He's since gone solo to work on his singing-with-actual-words career, and is absolutely brilliant! If you can see either he, OR FOCS, do! Here's a clip of them covering the Jimmy Eat World song The Middle. For extra fun, this playlist link also includes a clip of them doing Black Dog. omGOD it's fantastic.


Lastly, the song that got me back into a "must listen to more percussion" mood, by the band Fun. I absolutely LOVE this song, and this live version with the The Cuddlers (made up of members of the Gay Men's Chorus of LA) is wonderful!


So, got percussion? Do share your favorites!!




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