Respect!

Last night I went over to Eric’s at 6.15ish. Andy was already there. In khaki’s none the less. He was off to his car to get the hell out of those nasty pants. I pray to the powers that be that I never have a job where I have to wear khaki’s. Anways… Eric getting all his gear together. And, so I learned, Patrick was running late as usual. I know he can drive, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him drive, so I believe in my twisted head that he’s totally not a driver and just has that ID card and not a license in his wallet.

So we all drive over to the practice space in Takoma Park just off of Maple Avenue. Historic District baby. It was like a quarter mile from our house. The house was beautiful. Pre-turn of the century. It looked like an old barn, but I doubt it actually was. The family had the practice space in the old garage. The walls were thick as hell. Almost as thick as our walls in our basement. I quickly noticed the drum kit already there was a Pearl Export and was set up for a lefty and with both toms mounted on the bass drum. Icky! So I quickly took off both toms and kept the 16″ floor tom. It’s funny that the floor tom there is as big as my bass drum. I set up my hi-hats/cymbals, my kick pedal and my 12″ yamaha snare. It’s weird playing someone else’s kit. I don’t really like it. I think next time, I will bring my own kit. And an extra snare. More snare, less tom. It’s a good equation.

So the rehearsal went pretty well, considering I haven’t really played drums in forever. I picked up most of the songs pretty well, I think. There was one song that was in 7/8, 3/8, 4/4 that kind of tripped me up a bit. I am not sure why 7/8 messes with my mind. I am totally cool with 5/8, 13/16, 15/16, etc… But for some reason 7/8 screws with my head. But after a few runs through it I got it layed down and it sounded alright. I think after a few more runs through it I’ll more of a sense of what I want to do with that cut.

It’s nice actually getting to work on songs. And playing with serious musicians. I am not sure where this is going, but it’s most definately a good time…

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