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There is no doubt that drumming started with the hands, the ears, and a desire to say something with music. Today, there are so many types of drums, cymbals and percussion instruments, that we as drummers have a ton of different sounds at our disposal. Almost as vast is what we can hit our instruments with.
Frank Zappa appeared on the Steve Allen show in 1963 to perform an improvised piece for bicycle, "pre-recorded electric noises" and orchestra. Although his spot on the show was clearly intended as comedic relief, it's interesting to wonder if this kind of performance would be perceived differently today.
As we’ve traveled to play concerts this year, we’ve been reminded that So is in it’s 10th year. It has made me think of what has happened over those past ten years. A lot has happened, a lot has changed, and a few things have remained the same since we started as grad school students.