Friday, September 26, 2014
My life as a drummer
Once upon a time, I was recruited into a band called Isabella. The members were some of the best musicians I've ever played with. We were writing and rehearsing for our self-titled debut album when events directly related to Hurricane Katrina halted my participation. Although they completed the album with another drummer, I managed to record three songs with them that weren't released. They were 'Choppy Suite,' 'Unicorns' and 'All the Flies.'
As far as the song goes, 'All the Flies' was very tricky, being odd metered with a 9/8 signature. Other parts were in 6/8 so I focused on sub-divisions of three and triplet feels. I wanted an "up and down" feel to the song. It's very easy to get carried away in more technical pieces, so the key was trying to stay as musical as possible and just play for the song with no ego.
My playing, at that time, was some of the best I'd ever done, so I always lamented not being a part of the final product, but such is life. I've played with a lot of bands, some of which actually WENT somewhere, but for me this band was the most like that proverbial girl that got away.