What anyone who expects me to be an easy listening listener might not grasp is that my husband put himself through college as a drummer in a band. They never made it big. They had a little interest from minor labels but no solid offer. But they did play a ton of clubs in N.Y.C. and surrounding areas. We used to see the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the Doors, you name it. (I never saw the Beatles live. I wish I had.)
To this day, a song with a powerful drummer on it can hook me in regardless of the lyrics. I like it when the drums really pop. Not in that embarrassing candy way like on George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You" but like some of Dave Stewart's playing. I think he is an underrated drummer and a really great producer.
Here is an example, I love Carly Simon and think she is one of the country's finest songwriters but the reason she first caught my ear was the drummer who plays on "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be." That is what made me pay attention to that song at first. And she has had some great drummers, like on "Anticipation" or "Memorial Day" or "Come Back Home" (which may have been a drum machine, actually).
My post title is from Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On."
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: