I usually don't post personal stuff here, but this time I just have to. After one and a half years of braces - no popcorn, no Twizzlers - I finally got them off. Hoo-ray! However, I was quickly saddled with something that I never imagined could be worse than braces: retainers.
The orthodontist was right. I sound like a fool talking with these things on. Good thing I married a linguist who is able to analyze the fine points of my messing up training sentences like: "Seven silvery slippery snakes slid slowly southward."
Speaking of retainers, you might enjoy recalling Ben Affleck's scene in Good Will Hunting about a different kind of retainer. [335k .mp3]
And now for something completely different.
Do any of you play musical instruments? What made you choose the instrument you chose? What musicians inspire you?
I've been drumming since 4th grade & even then wanted a drumset. But it wasn't until I was a high school freshman that I heard the cool upperclassman playing Living Color's "Cult of Personality" on our jazz band's Tama kit that I realized that yes, I must get a drumset, and I must get one now. That, and when my father had me listen to In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida on his new Walkman back around 1980...
With that I give you the following two lists:
Drummers so good they make you want to play drums
Gene Krupa: "Sing, Sing, Sing," baby!
Neal Peart: Rush, Moving Pictures, "YYZ"
Manu Katche: any of his work with Peter Gabriel
John Bonham: Led Zeppelin, .. uh, gosh do I have to pick one?.., Led Zep IV, "When the Levee Breaks"
Max Roach: Clifford Brown & Max Roach, "Jordu"
Joe Morello: Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Take Five" (here's a free video of one of his drum solos)
Carter Beauford: Dave Matthews Band
Lars Ulrich: Metallica (honest!)
Drummers so good they make you want to quit playing the drums
Mike Portnoy: Dream Theater, Metropolis 2, "Overture 1928". free video of another song
Dave Weckl: Chick Corea
Gregg Bissonette: I don't suppose you've heard his solo on Maynard Ferguson's "Coconut Champagne"?
Buddy Rich (don't even get me started - see for example "Stick Trick")