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Mon, Aug. 25th, 2008, 09:53 am

I watched the olympic closing ceremonies last night. When the tower of wire-flying acrobats became a spinning chrysanthemum, I immediately regretted being sober.

I play drums for exercise. As my conditioning has improved I've added weight to my drumsticks.

I finally added so much weight that the drums move out of place, so I got weighted gloves with little sandbags behind the palm. Much harder workout, less impact on the drums, win-win. Plus after working out for half an hour, then taking the gloves off and playing unencumbered I can make the drumsticks dance like Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The gloves are too small, and Nike doesn't make weighted gloves any larger. Another burden of my largeness. My son Bill and I were in a military shop where to my delight I found extra-extra-large shooter's gloves, which are warm but tight around the fingertips so you can use a trigger or a ballpoint pen.

I looked for two years for shooter's gloves big enough for my hands. Bill told me the Army's largest standard-issue gloves don't fit him, so the Army bought him special gloves. At least they match his size 15 boots.

That's my boy.

Mon, Aug. 25th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
sequentialscott

Are you familiar with bass player Tony Levin? He sawed off drumsticks, attached them to his fingers, and strikes the bass strings with those. One good example of the sound is "Big Time" (he's Peter Gabriel's bass player, among others). At one point he used to sell them on his web site.

Mon, Aug. 25th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
basilwhite: Yay scratchy intensity.

I've heard of him. Didn't he play with Yes?

Taping drumstick segments to my fingers seems like an overkill Edward Scissorhands solution, but then I don't have a pile of prog rock money. Sometimes I'll play my Washburn acoustic bass guitar with metal wraparound finger picks for volume and scratchy intensity.

Mon, Aug. 25th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
sequentialscott: Re: Yay scratchy intensity.

Yep, he played with their law firm: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe. That was where I first heard of him, but he's played with John Lennon, Tori Amos, Seal, and loads of others. He's also an in and out member of King Crimson (in at the moment), and I've seen him with his own band a couple of times.