Posts Tagged ‘music’

Help yourself to a few minutes of entertainment and try to figure out these 25 songs based only on their drum intros. This time I put the answers here in the blog. Scroll down to see them, but give it a try first. Let me know how you did!

The video: Drumtros – Part II

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Sometime around 2000, my friend Rich asked me if I wanted to go check out a performer named Dan Hicks. He was apparently legendary, and his latest album featured a number of well known musicians, including a few artists I liked, so it seemed like a safe gamble to go see him play. He was scheduled at the Cambridge, MA House of Blues, headlining the show for an act that I don’t recall – a guitar-playing singer-songwriter. I convinced my roommate Jeff to go with us – we dropped $20 per ticket and went inside. After grabbing a beer and finding a decent spot to stand for the show, we waited for the opening act to start.

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When I worked at Rational Software in the late 90s, they hired a new VP of Human Resources named Michael. My first impression of him was at our holiday party, where he shushed a few people who were talking during executive presentations, and then proceeded to look on and listen with an interest level I only wish I could ever have for executives giving speeches (yawn). The way he shushed the others kinda bugged me, but I thought “OK, the man got to be a VP – he must be doing *something* right.” My girlfriend at the time, who also worked for Rational, actually knew him from a previous job and said he was a really nice guy. But I hadn’t met him – I’d just made a snap judgment of him from his one action in front of me. I was just a lowly engineer, and he was at the top of the HR department – it was unlikely we’d ever meet on level ground.

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As a child in the 70s, I could easily blame my lack of vocabulary and crappy radio reception for misheard lyrics, but this one stayed with me into my 40s, where I now enjoy a much stronger vocabulary and the crystal clarity of digital audio. The song in question is Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind, & Fire.

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In my sophomore year of college, I took a philosophy class, probably to fulfill a gen-ed requirement. The class was full of all kinds of characters, but one guy in particular always chimed in – you know, the kind of guy you love to hate. His name was Graham Smith, and for the longest time, I just loved to hate him … until one day he showed up to class with a small box that said on the side “Thanks to Gravity – CDs $7.” Truly, what went through my head was that he was selling CDs of various national bands, and thanks to gravity, their price had come down to $7 instead of the sky high $15 that they cost at the mall. I really thought that. Turns out that he was in a campus band by that name. I gambled and parted with a five and two ones to see what his gig was all about. I didn’t know I was in for a ride.

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Being a bassist, I always have to lock in with the drummer if we’re to be a competent rhythm section. Combining that with my love of many types of music, I thought it would be fun to create a list of songs that start with just a drum intro and see if people could guess what the song is. When I consider a drum kit, I picture a limited set of ways to introduce a song, but it turns out that there are a LOT of ways that drummers have introduced songs over the years, and some of them are unmistakeable. Others … not so much. Watch this video and see how many you can guess. Oh, and share it with your friends if you enjoyed the challenge.

As my last band 49 Fingers was building up toward recording its first album, we had a smattering of songs that we did record but chose not to include for one reason or another. One of those is a song called Nothing You Can Do About Happy, or just Happy, for short. It was actually recorded in a couple hours on a whim as an attempt to place one of our songs in a movie. It didn’t make it, but I always think it would be a pleasant song to hear as ending credits roll.

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