"sitting in"

St John defrosterz@yahoo.com
Fri Nov 19 14:12:01 EST 2004

hiya guys and gals....it was myself who posted the 'drunk-0-meter' in the first place, mainly as a joke post, and thanx to all who are participating in the 'sitting in' discussion...I feel honored to have stimulated a great conversation between us all with such a stupid post and everyone brings up some interestingly good points about sitting in. But I gotta tell ya, just last night...at my jam session here in McMinnville,Oregon(pop. 20,000) 35 mi from Portland....jammers are one thing, buttinskies (sp?)  are another.....we were coming up on 11:45 cut-off time and a local organized band of youngsters were doing several 'Stones-type tunes to close the jam, when some guy comes up and asks to 'sit in' on the drums....he was an 'unknown player' to me and I  told him this was the last tune of the night and to return next week earlier in the evening and sit in....well this guy wouldn't take no for an answer and walked up on the set and asked the drummer, right in the middle of a tun
 e to
 'take over', and of course the drummer said no....the guy starts argueing with the drummer for several minutes and finally walked away....came over to me muttering about the drummer being a 'dick'.....I just looked at the guy and repeated what I had told him earlier.....and added that if he wanted he could even bring his own drum kit next week and sit in.....he said "I don't have a drum kit, I just know how to play the drums"...I'm thinkin' (ya, right...AIR drums, maybe)...afterwards I thanked the drummer for not allowing the guy to 'take over'...of course the local band guys were grateful too and said they would be back next week to jam......we have a pretty good little jam going, in a small town where there aren't a lotta great players, and it always works pretty good.....hope to keep it working that way...and next week if the 'no drum kit' guy shows up ...guess I'll have to deal with THAT! .....thanx to Brown for the space to rap about music and "see ya all on the 'zell!"
 the blues alive!"

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