Monday, August 27, 2007

Maybe I'm just a proud dad, but...

... it sure seems like the kid's got talent.


13 comments:

Johnny! said...

Hey, Neil Peart, less is more!

I can see this video being part of a retrospective of the career of a very accomplished and talented drummer.

Gret job, Sam! You really...



...wait for it...



rubbed the funk on it.

Johnny! said...

"Gret?"

Hendrick Family said...

That's INCREDIBLE!!!

Way to go Sam!

You are a rock star.

Heather

RR said...

Please tell me he's coming with you next week!

Robert Conn said...

Ross, that was amazing. I mean you told me he was good and I believed you... but I never...

Sam is my new best friend!

rk said...

I have to explain (for the non-musicians) and respond to (for my own piece of mind) Johnny's comment.

For those who don't know, Neil Peart is the drummer for Rush, a ridiculously influential (and difficult to label) prog rock band that's been around since I was a wee lad. Peart is an amazing drummer (and all-around artist), but he plays a pretty massive, obnoxious kit. Johnny's making fun of the fact that my 3-year-old has a 5-piece kit with two cymbals.

That's pretty fair. I mean, he's 3. What's it gonna be like when he's 16? Johnny's just messing with me, but it is kind of obnoxious.

So here's my defense, Johnny. Sam's old kit (a much more "kiddie" kind of thing) got beat to death by the sheer volume, consistency and power of my kid's playing. The first thing to really go on it was the cymbal, which was a poorly constructed hubcap mounted on a pencil-thin piece of molded aluminum. Sam sheared that thing right off about a month after he got the kit. We didn't want to buy him the "big kid kit" yet (the one that you see in this video), so the great Craig Weaver gave me an old splash that he wasn't using (how could I turn that down; Craig used to play fr SHANE and SHANE!), and i bought a cheap stand for it. Sam played the old kit with the cool cymbal for a while, until the kit pretty much fell apart.

At that point his ever-generous Gee (that's "grandmother" to you) bought him the current kit, but he still wanted to have the old cymbal (having seen the multi-cymbal set-ups that certain, ahem, drumer friends of mine use). So we, like the firm parents that we are, said yes.

There, now the public is educated and my conscience is cleared. All is well.

rk said...

thanks, everybody. I'm glad Sam can't read (I mean, all his brain power goes to hitting stuff with sticks). I want him to keep thinking that he's normal.

Jenni said...

I meant the fills...man, did my joke fail.

I'm a big-kit guy, out and proud! Get that boy some more stuff!

His time is amazing. He really picks up on your quarter note. I'll fight Craig to see who gets to teach him!

Jenni said...

Dang! I'm my wife! I forgot to log in. This is Johnny. Wow, I've pretty much wrecked your thread here. Delete me!

Alex Burdine said...

When does the "King Family-Starship" band go on tour?

I'll work on the t-shirt.

Todd Wright said...

Sam plays better than some of the grownups I've played with.

Sorry, Johnny. I thought your comment was funny, then Ross went all "VH1 Behind the Music" on us.

Of course, the commenting as your wife thing was excellent.

And yeah...Sam is SO going to play Prog Rog. Can't wait to see how THAT influences the folk-pop stylings of his dad.

kathryn said...

He did awesome! You can check out both songs Sam did here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bZgq9lblBMc

david said...

I'm glad you finally found my replacement. :)

That's awesone!

I miss you guys...

Pez.