It’s Sunday and I hope that everyone’s day has been as peaceful as mine. As I am writing this blog, I am sitting outside listening to the sounds around me. If I close my eyes, I can hear so much more. I hear the cars buzzing by on the main road, people talking a few doors down on my left, a teenager riding his skateboard on his newly built ramp two doors on the right and a man mowing his lawn across the street
I’m a bit disappointed, because these are not the sounds of inspiration for me. The good news is that I am alive on this beautiful Sunday, and I can create my own sounds for inspiration, or listen to some really good music.
I was born and raised in New York City. The city sounds are quite different from the country sounds. There are car sounds there all the time. You learn to drown them out. There weren’t lawnmower sounds where I grew up, so that was a different type of sound. I associate that sound with the country. More importantly, the sounds I wanted to hear were absent today. The sounds of birds chirping or the sound of water gushing over the rocks at a brook or stream are the sounds of inspiration for me. Rivers, lakes, brooks, streams are all places of deep inspiration for me. Still, overall, it was a peaceful day.
In the absence of water, I had to create my own method of inspiration. Playing the drums is one of my passionate pastimes. I usually spend my Sunday playing them with my headphones on. Today, I decided to practice one song that my drum instructor is currently teaching me and teach myself a new song. I decided to teach myself “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones. I just love that beat. The lyrics – not so much, but I just love the beat to the song.
I am also learning “Young Lust” by Pink Floyd. I have most of the song down, but I am still learning how to manipulate the high-hat cymbal between the open and closed position. It sounds really cool when it’s done correctly, almost like suddenly inhaling breath or smoke. It’s called a “sssip” or “splash.” I guess that’s weird for anyone who doesn’t know what I mean, but I’m sure drummers will understand. It’s a beautiful sound to me, and it is my goal to master it. The splash is used in “Young Lust” and my instructor, Jonathan, is teaching me how and when to play it.
After I gave some thought to both these songs, I realized the meaning behind both songs are quite similar. It was merely coincidence, however, that I had chosen to play them today. I enjoyed every minute of it! I love playing the drums. I love learning new ways to play the drums, and I love the sound of the drums. My favorite bands are Pink Floyd and Tool – both tied for the number one position. I want to learn all their songs. I’m a rock-n-roll kind of girl, so there are plenty of other bands I love to play as well. “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin is one of the first songs I learned to play. The beat to that song is also soothing to me. Just for the fun side of things, I recently learned how to play “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. I heard a live band playing it nearby, and thought, I want to learn how to play that song. I like that drum beat, so I learned that too!
Well, that was my Sunday. I hope you had a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow evening with another blog.