Back when I was in the music business, I did some live sound mixing. It is normal practice in a recording studio to have a “drum cage,” an enclosed booth for the the drum kit that isolates it from the other performers. The drummer can wail away without leaking into other performers’ mics. That sort of isolation isn’t normal on stage, so if the drummer plays too loud (and they often do), it can be hard to get a good balance on the mix. Often the other instruments, especially electric guitar and bass, crank it up to 11 in an attempt to keep up. Then the vocal mics have to be turned up, and the system goes into feedback. If only the drummer would try to balance with the rest of the band …
So now we hear that rogue drummers are a problem for leaders trying to orchestrate Occupy Wall Street. I’m not surprised. Down twinkles!
BONUS JOKE—Q. What do you do with a musician who constantly plays the wrong notes? A. Give him two sticks and send to the back of the orchestra.
Q. What do you do if he can’t keep time either? A. Take away one stick and put him out front.