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    • Hard Hitters vs. Smashing?
      lol. growing older gracefully on us? Funny comment about people not liking Neil. I suppose as many people don't like Neil, I imagine there are even more that do! The thing that people need to be educated on is that Neil is not a Shampoo but a Pea. Anyway, great points! Listening to R40 on XM, Neil still kills it. As a 60 year old dude, all drummers can learn a lot about his powerful drumming at any age.
    • Hard Hitters vs. Smashing?
      Well, that isn't what you posited at first which is the source of my annoyance. You have changed your tone somewhat and have rephrased things to be more of a sociological/psychological/historical question: which is awesome. If you are simply curious: "Although I don't like it, why do you like this type of music?"  would have sufficed and would have brought about a potentially interesting discussion rather than an opening salvo alienating folks that enjoy music that you do not agree with. I take issue with this sort of stuff and believe it has no business in this forum. If you think that it's cool to do so, take it elsewhere. We don't necessarily believe in a polite society but we also take into account that we try to be respectful. With that said, there are many reasons why I like hard hitting drummers/ing. Some of it could certainly be what you reasoned as a de-sensitization of what one would consider "out there." I think that's part of the evolution of things. Part of it is also the tools that people now have access to which enables sounds that couldn't be conceived of 20+ years ago. Metal and its ilk have certainly used those tools to great effect I think. I like that anger and it resonates with me. Not that I am an angry person... when I get drunk, I just fall asleep, not get belligerent so I think that's my true state. Sleepy.  I liked the rage and aggression in mosh pits but I also liked the fact that (for the most part) mosher's had a code of ethics.  As I mentioned, athleticism has evolved and the edginess of performance has changed along with it. Why? Does it look cool? Does it give the impression that the drummer is hitting harder than they are? Expectations of performance change? Probably a little bit of everything. Are we headed towards a modern day "fall of Rome" scenario? I don't know. It's an interesting question that I have pondered here and there but it's too heady for me.  At the end of day, if we are talking about music... Respect all, Enjoy all, and Learn from all of it. If it speaks to you great. If not, that's equally great.  
    • The Invention Thread
      Just happened to become curious about what yt would have if I typed in "inventions." Whoa. So, how about an "invention" thread. Post them here. Some of you tech guys might already be familiar with this stuff. I was pretty blown away.          
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