Most people who know me now may not have the slightest idea that I used to be in a band back in college. Yes, I was one of the vocalists in a 5-man band and we did play a few gigs back in the late 90s. No, I don't have an amazing voice, but more than enough to keep people entertained and having a good time. These days, it seems I lost touch probably because of things I went through after I left the band. My family didn't even know I was in the band and I don't think they believed me. *LOL*
I remember spending hours with my bandmates singing Alanis Morissette songs, among others. But, one of the things I've wanted to do back then was play the drums. I felt like it's one of the coolest things I can ever accomplish because of how complicated it was, for me, to play this percussion.
For some people, when they see bands performing, they zoom in on the vocalists or the lead guitarist. Me? I focus on the drummer. You may not know it, but playing drums requires power, musicality and style. How should I know? I've dated like 4 of them and was even in a long-time relationship with a drummer who can play as bad-ass as Lars Ulrich of Metallica, like he's got octopus-arms and legs.
He tried to teach me how to play the drums. Turns out, I'm not that coordinated. It was an exciting experience though. I miss those jamming sessions with him and my bandmates. I even had plans of buying Roland electronic drums so we can all jam at home without worrying about a pretty bulky drumset. My ex-boyfriend's band didn't have their own equipment and studio so they rent out this place whenever they need to practice for a major gig. He planned on buying his own drumset too, but his parents wouldn't let him.
When I got to talk to my ex-boyfriend a few months ago, he told me he hasn't played the drums for over 6 years and he seriously miss it. He was truly talented so I honestly thought he'll be well-known. If only I can help him rekindle his love for music and playing percussion.
Nowadays, I just enjoy playing loud music at home, but my taste for music has changed. From metal / rock music, I now prefer anything acoustic and R&B. What a change, eh? But, whenever I go out with friends and a band plays, still, I always, always channel all my attention towards the one behind the drums - an obsession that I think will stay with me forever.