Church, Music, and some other stuff

“No You Cannot Play my Drumset!” A Unique Look Into Sharing Our Equipment!

pearl_drums_by_metallica666dreI can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the church and found some random person who just took it upon themselves to play on the drums. Or how many times I’ve heard a drummer upset because someone had been messing with their stuff.

Before you click away and think that all this post is going to be is a nag-fest in the drummers favor, don’t do it. I know a little about drums, but I don’t claim to be a drummer.  So I’m right here with you.  I would just like to do a little mediating today so that no one ends up getting their head bashed in by a 22″ Zildian Crash-Ride.

It’s a tough situation. Drummers don’t have the luxury of being able to easily pack up their stuff and take it home every week. And for non-drummers, I know just how tempting and awesome it is to get to wale away on sweet drum set…no matter who’s or where it is.

I mean, it’s a glorious thing! You’re up at the church during the week dropping off some papers or leaving Bible study, when you notice the open door to the worship center. You peak inside and take a glance around the lowly lit room. That’s when you notice it… a beautiful, all alone, perfect, DRUM SET!

The feeling of anticipation and excitement begins to rise up inside of you.  You start to feel like a little kid on Christmas morning! Its just sitting there…all alone.  It’s almost as if its calling your name and begging you to come explore it’s wonders.  For a second you think, “I’m an adult, this is nonsense” But not even Abraham Lincoln could withstand the urges of pounding away on a beautiful drumset.  This is a God send, right?

So you sneak your way over, knowing that someone could walk in and interrupt this divine appointment at any moment.  You make your way up the stage,  completely ignoring the guitars and keyboards sitting around.  Who needs that stuff when you have a drum set right within your reach?

You step up to the throne, but what’s that? You notice that the drummer has been smart enough to take his sticks with him!  For a moment you’re hindered… then a thought crosses your mind and you laugh to yourself as you think, “that’s not stopping me!”

You immediately begin to scavenge the entire room in search of something, anything that could be used to beat a drum.  You manage to scrape together the back side of a broken drum stick and a couple of pencils you taped together.  You then return to your throne to claim your prize.

For a second, the thought of the drummer being upset at you crosses through your brain.  You know you shouldn’t do it, but this is too golden of an opportunity, and you’re way too committed at this point to care. Besides, no one is ever gonna know.

You take a deep breath as you once over this masterpiece.  You start by tapping a cymbal.  Then you softly hit a drum. But It’s like a drug and you just want more.  A tap becomes a hit, a hit becomes a bang, a bang becomes a smash, and before you know it, you’re not even yourself anymore.  You’ve broken your taped together sticks, but who cares! You’re in pure ecstasy. That is… until someone walks in.

At my church, that someone would most likely be me. And I would have to awkwardly ask you stop out of respect that it’s not your stuff.

And yes, this is all assuming that your church isn’t boring and doesn’t have an electric drum set.  Because by all means, if your church has an electric drum set, beat on that thing until it breaks.  Your church will be much better off.  (Excuse my personal opinion)

Sorry, but there’s no big finale to this post.  I really just wanted to lay this issue out on the table and ask that you guys share your points and views in the comments.  Keep it civil.

Do you let other people play your stuff? Leave your answer in a comment below!

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  1. Thariq

    You would think that people that are such big fans of this, would not turn anuord and talk trash about a fellow master of the trade. They are completely different styles, and I’m not comparing them, but to those talking trash about buddy, just leave it alone, have some respect. But to those that say Travis isn’t even in the same league? I’m dissapointed Why can’t people just admire and respect the talent on both ends. Any of the haters I’d like to see what you can do.

  2. Rob

    I agree… however the part about electric drums? I understand what you’re saying but they do have their place… especially in a small church setting or new church getting started. A lot easier to setup and pack up each week and not to mention easier to control in sometimes ‘unfavorable’ room conditions, form the sound tech’s point of view. However there is nothing like acoustic drums in praise and worship. Love your blog man, God Bless!

    • Shalon

      Hey Rob, thanks for sharing! That’s some good info!

  3. Matt

    I totally understand. I play guitar and if someone were to just jump on stage and start playing it i tend to not be too happy about it. I want to be a good steward of my equipment and take really good care of it and when it’s “open to the public” there are many who won’t treat my equipment as well as I would. There is a guy who plays drums for me often and I always try to help him move his stuff around and get set up. My view is to always try to treat everyone else’s equipment like my own: leave it better than I found it. Accidents happen, but if you aren’t messing with an instrument or equipment that isn’t yours, it won’t break in your hands either. If I would want someone to ask permission to play my guitar, I would assume that everyone else would want me to ask them to play their gear too.

    • Shalon

      Those are some great points Matt. And that’s true. There’s nothing selfish about not letting others “play” on your equipment. Thanks for sharing that with us!