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