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An Idealogue's Idea Log: Entry #8

Oops, missed the weekend again. This might prove harder than I thought.

Anyway, today's list: Ways that I can find a new drummer for the band:

  1. Ask my friends and acquaintances on LJ and FB. (Hey, everyone! Do any of you know a drummer/percussionist who may be looking for a band to play in? We need someone who is versatile, reliable, competent, mellow, and easy to get along with. It would be awesome if they could sing, too. If you happen to know of someone, let me know. Thanks.)

  2. Advertise and check the listings on DrummerHunter.

  3. E-mail or otherwise contact my musician friends and ask for recommendations.

  4. Learn how to play drums myself (not bloody likely, unfortunately; you don't know how hard it is to play a drum kit until you try it for the first time).

  5. Advertise in Musicians Classifieds, San Diego Troubadour, San Diego City Beat, or (as a last resort) the San Diego Reader.

  6. Inquire amongst SCA friends and groups.

  7. Contact local music schools and drum teachers and ask if they have any promising students who might be interested—especially older students, since, with the departure of Craig, I am now the youngest member of the band. At 42. So yeah, thinkin' that most teenagers and 20-somethings probably won't wanna hang with us. ;-)

That's all I can think of for now.


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Oct. 31st, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Don't count out the youngsters...
You said, "I am now the youngest member of the band. At 42. So yeah, thinkin' that most teenagers and 20-somethings probably won't wanna hang with us. ;-)"
My daughter, Victoria, is 25 going on 26, and has no problem "hanging with" older folks (60+ in many cases). Don't count out those younger performers - if they're disciplined and interested, they could be significant contributors. (And yes, I recognize that your "wink" gave your comment a slightly different tone - but I cannot pass up the opportunity to remind people that the young have as much to contribute as us "old farts").

(Even if you are the answer to life, the universe and everything :-)).
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't count out the youngsters...
Yes, well, that's why I said "most". I happen to know quite a few young folk (as young as 20, in one case) who would probably love to join the band if they could play drums. My comment was more to the point that most young musicians prefer the company of those of their own age, since ... well, you know, there are aspects of the rock-n-roll lifestyle that the 20-something physiognomy can tolerate a lot better than that of those who are 40+, know what I mean? ;-)
Nov. 1st, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: Don't count out the youngsters...
Yes, but is there an actual correlation between that lifestyle and being any good as a drummer? Or do you just pay less attention to huge crowds of 20-somethings who have the same lifestyle and no talent? Not everyone spends their points from Compulsive Carousing on something useful!
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't count out the youngsters...
You have a good point. Drumming talent is not guaranteed amongst those who aspire to be drummers in bands. But statistically, I would say it's more likely to be present in that population than in either the general population or the population of young people who get along with older geeks. ;-)
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