The same day that I recorded a drum cover for “Locked Out of Heaven”, I also had some time and recorded a cover for the title song for The Greatest Showman – then I forgot about it for two months. I finally stumbled across it today and wanted to share it with you!
If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman, you’re missing out on a really underrated movie with an awesome soundtrack! My daughters really enjoyed it and the songs will definitely stick with you afterward!
I hope you experience the same joy in watching this video as I had recording it!
I’m honored to be taking part in the Drumming Up Hope Foundation’s 3rd annual Drum-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals. On Friday, May 25 at 6 pm, I’ll be doing my part to carry on the 81 hours of continuous group drumming over 4 days, and am looking for generous souls to sponsor me in this cause. 100% of your donation will go towards St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Any amount, no matter how small, will go a long way towards supporting this great cause.
Donate $10 – Request A Drum-along Song
While drummers are taking various approaches to their hours, I am dedicating my time to playing along with requests made by donors. For every $10 you donate, you can request any song and I’ll add it to my drum-along mix and will send you a video later on if you’d like. Do you have a favorite song that has an awesome drum part? Perhaps you have a song that you’d like me to give my take and provide a drum remix? Maybe you’ve always wanted to hear a heavy drum remix to one of your favorite Disney songs? You could even just mess with me and throw me a curveball in the form of a classical song – I’ll play anything you’d like!
I only ask two things of your request:
That it clocks in at less than 5 minutes or so (no In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida unless you’re willing to donate $40)
That there’s a clean version of the song since the event is family-friendly.
Use the button below to donate and write your song request in the “Special Instructions” or email it to me at romeyinfc [at] Gmail [dot] com. If you’d prefer not to use PayPal, please email me and we can set up alternate arrangements.
[Removed the button since this is now over – thank you to all those that helped!]
Also, I’d love for you to come out and join me at the Drumathon at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre in Loveland. Admission is free and I’ll be there Friday, May 25 from 6pm-7pm, but the drumming start 10 am Thursday, May 24 and carries forth through Sunday, May 27 at 7 pm. Bring your own ear plugs!
Thank you so much for your support! I’m super pumped for this awesome event!
Last week I played a gig with a three-band bill on a small stage, so the conditions were ripe for the “backline sharing” suggestion. You may know my stance on backline sharing, but just to refresh: I absolutely hate it and avoid it at all costs. At the same time drummer get put into situations where you’ll look like a pretty big jerk if you don’t backline share. This typically comes when you don’t have a good staging area for gear, a tight stage, and finally a tight schedule that doesn’t allot much time for transition. Even with this all being the case, I wasn’t planning on backline sharing when a last-minute mix-up forced the issue.
What makes backline sharing awful are all of the unknowns associated with it. You don’t know what kind of setup each drummer has, what gear they’re planning on supplying on their own, the differences in quality and tone between kits, as well as how they set up and position all of the equipment. After setting up and tearing down my kit countless times, I’ve come to master the position of every element in my drum set. This is in large part enabled by having memory locks and various heights/lengths pre-set from your usage. All of that goes out the window when you backline share. Rather than focus on moving your kit on and off the stage, you’re stuck having to re-adjust everything that was there before, which is not often corrected until a few songs into your performance.
This leads me into how to suck at backline sharing:
Don’t over-adjust someone else’s kit just because you have some crazy posture. Look, I know we’re all not the same height and build. I know we all approach things differently, but do you seriously need to raise my throne 8 inches (as well as all of the subsequent drums and cymbals) to enable your technique? You’re not eight inches taller than me. If you know your approach is that different and will need to adjust every piece of equipment: don’t backline share.
I liken playing someone else’s drum set to driving someone else’s car: while you’re not familiar with all of the intricacies of the car, every car roughly drives the same and thus you should be able to get from point A to B without much resistance. You’re not going to win any races driving someone else’s car for the first time, but at that point, you need to adjust your expectations. This is the same with drum sets: you might not be able to do any crazy-ass solo on someone else’s kit, but for the most part you should be able to hold the pocket and drive a short set on without heavy drum adjustment.
Don’t treat the drumset owner like your drum tech. Granted, there are parts in drum setup and teardown where you want to be personally responsible (basically any point that something could break, or you’ve got a mental checklist that ensures you’re not forgetting anything), but if the drummer has cases then the least you should do is help load in and load out. I didn’t let you play my drum set just so that you can have a night off from schlepping gear.
But most importantly…
Treat their gear with respect!
I mean come on.
Look, I know drum heads are meant to wear out and be changed. I know that they’re relatively not expensive (although $12-15 per head still isn’t chump change). I know there are drummers go through heads in 1-2 weeks – but that’s not me, AND IT’S MY DRUM SET. Others may disagree with me, but over 25 years of drumming has taught me that you can get a great, loud sound out of your drums without pounding the shit out of it. If you are that drummer, then how the hell do you not notice this after playing on someone else’s kit?? If there was an apology and an offer to help replace the head, I probably would have even let this slide, but now you’ve left me in an uncomfortable position of being a collection agent.
Moral of the story: don’t backline share, but if you do, don’t be a jerk about it.
This weekend I’ll be recording with Amy and the Peace Pipes, so I thought I’d make the mundane task of every drummer – breaking down your gear – a little more fun by doing a time lapse video. Of course everything is a little more comical with Yakety Sax playing in the background. Enjoy!
After a busy couple of weeks, I finally got the opportunity to sit down and do some meaningful drumming and recording some new covers.
I went back to the John Butler Trio well again and brought up my favorite JBT songs: I Used To Get High.
With this cover, I went ahead and played around with some new angles. I turned my kit around 180 degrees and moved the main camera to capture the view from the front. I took my second camera and placed it next to the floor tom looking up. I then took my little web cam and placed it on one of the overhead mic stands to capture a view of the hi-hat and snare. After going through the whole recording process, I ended up only liking the angle that was on the lowest-quality camera (the overhead). I still had a lot of fun recording the cover and decided to go ahead and post it.
On Saturday I had some alone time after my daughter went to bed and did something that I had been wanting to do for sometime: drum while she was sleeping. It turns out that she slept through the whole evening of my drumming, which made me happy – thus I decided to cover “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to celebrate my opportunity to drum some more:
I did some more tweaking of the camera angles and was a bit more satisfied with the result. I’ll need to continue to adjust things for the next video a bit, as it looks like one of the cameras had a tough time focusing.
I’d love to get any feedback on the covers, the video, or anything else: I’d definitely love to hear from you.