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Wednesday, August 31   >>

MY BAD -- DRUMMERS AREN'T THE ONLY IDIOTS ON EARTH

By now, most of you know that I'm a music major, therefore I am at the epicenter of ultra high egos and Star Search divadom.

Luckily, I somehow remain humble. I stay quiet, to myself, and reserved (with the exception of a very few number of people I rarely speak to).

One of the most irritating things in the world is hearing a musician talk about their musicianship.

I know I'm going to get an Amen to this one.

Often instructors ask, "So what do you play?"

And then lots of idiots reply with, "Well, I mostly play trombone, but I can play piano, guitar, xylophone, drum set, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and some tuba."

But what they're really saying is this: "I know how to operate other musical instruments."

There are, at most, probably 500 people in the entire world with such incredible talent that they know how to master a number of instruments. To me, "playing" an instrument far exceeds knowing how to USE it, and actually knowing how to really play it.

I don't think it's a hard thing to understand. After all, ANYBODY can operate an instrument -- it's just a matter of "CAN THEY PLAY MUSIC ON IT?" that should be raised with these dorks.

The reason I bring this up is because I know of several people at other schools who are in music programs and feel the same way I do about the issue. Well, it really isn't an issue as much as it is a trivial argument, but still -- it bothers me. And many others.

This is a good, mass-therapeutic vent. Feel me on this one, brothas. Feel me on this one. Figuratively, thanks.

"DUHH I CAN PLAY 309 INSTRUMENTZ"

I knew a guy who used to be a good acquaintance of mine and bragged about his collection in instruments. He used to get one left and right, but was never really consistent with one of them. In fact, he recently quit the entire musical scene for whatever reasons I am not even going to question.

Oh what the hell -- let the kids "brag." They'll be the ones playing shit for tips.