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Old 18-04-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default The name of the drummer

I know a little bit about drumming, and in the car I’ll play the 9 minute version of this classic.

Often while speaking to patients over the age of 70, some of whom were really struggling with memory, the subject would become old songs. I had Benny Goodman on my computer nearby and I would ask who was playing the drums, and they almost always knew. But the trumpeter, even the clarinet player, were often beyond them.

In the long version of the song the drummer plays a number of solos and what you see him do at the end requires strength and endurance beyond imagining. I would know.

He didn’t lift any weights or run long distances. According to the movie, he behaved rather badly. But what he did lasts, and, in my opinion, has never been surpassed.

And those of us old enough always remember his name.
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It was this song that possessed me during my senior year of high school.

I'd play pool at a friend's house and we'd play it loud - especially the drum solo.
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When ever someone brings up drumming I always go to this TED presentation by Evelyn Glennie (she is deaf). Barrett you have brought her up before here.

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Thanks for remembering this. There’s a bit of this around the seventh minute where Glennie makes clear the difference between technical skill and the sort of thing a human might do.

I think that this is often lost on therapists who would rather it were not so.
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her first teacher must have been quite something too, if only I had the vision to learn physio in such a way before picking up all the verbiage

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