True Happiness

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Lazy Learners.”

I think I may have looked like this guy a couple of times while walking down the streets, metal banging deep into my ear drums – crazy enough that I would just not jump in the air to relieve the rush. It must have started in my toddler years when I started counting beats and moving my wrists and ankles to every beat.

I have no clue when this crazy habit turned into a long held and suppressed passion. Yes, I’m talking about drumming. Yearnings often have a strange way to fill voids around you. They just simply pop up when you are least prepared for them. You’d have no money, no resources, no motivation to start a new chapter. But this is how and when life throws you tests to check if you’re still that kid who’d give anything to hit a six on the first ball of every over, to take a wicket with the first ball that you bowl – to test your zeal.

It came and went by, multiple times – the opportunity to start drumming. I’d have no money or the studio would be far or I’ll simply be lazy enough to not let even an earthquake move me from my bed and each time it felt like I missed a train and with it, the journey to all good and adventurous things. And when I think about it now, all the while I was simply avoiding the journey to start finding myself and my truer purpose.

I have this crazy habit of killing myself and my ambitions before building new ones. It starts with a simple and an insignificant compromise made in the name of benevolence wherein I’ll give my chocolate away or skip a pizza to provide for a cab ride for my wife. You know it’s these kind of things that birth a lackadaisical attitude. I have a tendency to wait for opportune moments to arrive when I’ll best savor the pleasures that I indulge in. But sadly, it has never served me well, or that’s how feel right now – left behind, cowering from the harsh realities of this world.

I’m evolving as all things do. And with it I’m learning the important factor that governs all things – TIME. And as each moment passes me by, this incredible urge to finish all that’s yet incomplete is killing all the patience I’ve accumulated in my 30 years past. It feels that I must miss no train again. And if it means losing something precious, so be it, for all good things that you do for yourself compensate for other good things that aren’t really high on longevity.

So now when I play inside the jamming room and the calf muscles start to burn, I think about all the times I have ditched this pleasure – my pleasure in order to pleasure others. Now I don’t get scared when I hold those two sticks between my fingers. I’m just starting (3 classes young) but the encouragement I get from my teacher is enough to let me return to my home with a well earned smile. This, my friends, is true happiness. Nothing surpasses it!!!

Rockstar – Not So Much!

I was in real hurry but only to soak my body in a hot shower. I’m tired and I had made up my mind to not bother myself with today’s daily prompt but here I am writing two for it. I guess I misled people and this is the clarification.

Trust me when I say this, I’ve only held the drumming sticks once in my life and kicked the bass twice and that was back in my primary school. So if any of you are thinking that I’m a cool ass drummer, pardon me for my post in response to the daily prompt. I just tried writing a piece that enacted my imagination!

I’ve grown so much into listening and perceiving the songs that I so love, not much effort went into learning the instruments that made them. Not that I’m a complete douche at instruments. I understand the ABCD of it all. I learnt synth in my primary school and but gave it up and have never again tried it. Don’t really know why. Never asked myself that question. I’m so happy living with my music than playing it, learning the music never got much attention in my small little head.

My brother did. He learnt flute while in secondary school and was a part of the school band that won trophies in inter-school competitions. He learnt guitar and drums in college, was the lead guitar player in the college band, wrote a song on his own, recorded it, and got famous.

He often pushed me but I guess the fear of rejection pegged me. What if people made fun of me for my failures or bad tunes? Seriously? I now think what-the-hell was I thinking! Ashamed of what? People have a habit of laughing at people who want to follow their heart and they go to unimaginable lengths to suppress one’s desires by ridiculing their efforts. I think I am now ready to learn the instruments that I so love and practice in the air. It’s called “Air-Drumming”. I think I’ll do pretty well too.

But a few words still hold from my previous post – I wish I was Dave Lombardo!

Keeping his fingers crossed,

Your’s Truly!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks –

  1. Accomplished | Rima Hassan
  2. Dhol (a drum) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Rockstar! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Sometimes you have to simply stop and think | From One Crazy Life To Another
  5. Harmonized Taps for JFK | Exploratorius
  6. The Man From Bug and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. One Crazy Mom » We Got The Beat
  8. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  9. I was picked last for family band camp | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Jamming | Knowledge Addiction
  11. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat- Music Performance | Journeyman
  12. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Photographer declares war on Food Porn. | Greg Urbano
  14. DP Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Sabethville
  15. If I Had The Courage | Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  16. My Band: a poem – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  17. I Wanna Be A Riot Grrrl | RinnyWee
  18. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Awl and Scribe
  19. Just call me Tabbycat… part of the T’Cats crew. | thoughtsofrkh
  20. DAILY PROMPT: Performance “I’m not in a band BUT…” | cockatooscreeching
  21. Performance | My Little Avalon
  22. Anyone For Polka | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  23. If We Could Be ‘The Batshit Crazies’ | jigokucho
  24. Daily post theme: Performance | The Wandering Poet
  25. Rockstars in the Making | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  26. I’m IN the Band | S K I P
  27. My Part of Heaven | Flowers and Breezes
  28. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat « Mama Bear Musings
  29. Drum Roll Please…. | Life Confusions
  30. One, two, three! | Life is great
  31. YO we got that BEAT! | My pitter patter wordfaLL 🙂
  32. Have I Ever?! | Forever Autumn
  33. We Got the Beat | I Write Therefore I Am
  34. CHOSEN | mnemosynesandlethe
  35. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Sued51’s Blog
  36. Pre-gig rituals | A picture is worth 1000 words
  37. Flash Fiction: The Cello | Sarah’s Typos
  38. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat, 25.02.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  39. Once upon a time I used to write music. | Simple Heart Girl
  40. Signs of Life | The Nameless One
  41. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  42. Make your child do this! | Parents Are People Too
  43. She’s got balls! I wish I could do that! | Mishe en Place
  44. This one time at Band Camp…. | Green Embers
  45. duets sssss (double acrostic/tanka) | peacefulblessedstar
  46. Daily Prompt: Being Musical! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  47. Daily Prompt – Performance | Nicola Kirk
  48. I’ve Still got the Beat, Grandpa | The Shotgun Girls
  49. Stop me? | martha0stout
  50. The Healing Process | melissuhhsmiles
  51. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Diary of Dennis
  52. Music, a Memoir. Kinda Like Dick and Jane only Sideways | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  53. A Lesson from my Piano Teacher, Advice I Didn’t take | Kosher Adobo
  54. HE LIFTS US UP: Song for Abuse Victims | ChristianBlessings
  55. SYMPHONY | hastywords
  56. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Po’ Girl Shines
  57. Daily Prompt: We’ve Got the Beat | Lady K’s Lounge
  58. The Fluting Mime | Kate Murray
  59. I Can’t Sing, I Can’t Play, I Look Awful… | Steve Says…
  60. landing is always | y
  61. What Sort of Music – Just Sing a Song
  62. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/daily-prompt-we-got-the-beat/ | Menimèse Creare
  63. Sing It With Peelings | The Book of Shayne
  64. Daily Prompt: Performance | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  65. Music: Enjoy The Beat… | Mirth and Motivation
  66. The Band of Books and Booze and Brilliance. | meg lago
  67. Performance | La Gatita Oscura
  68. BE WITH BEAUTY | Emotional Fitness
  69. We Got the Beat! | 365 Days of Thank You
  70. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat – I Wanna Rock! | SA:ME (사메)
  71. We Got the Beat! | Alexia Jones
  72. Punched pause | fifty5words
  73. You kick it into 4-wheel drive, and you go… til you hear the banjo. | thisblogisepic
  74. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Firebrands: a short tale of success, failure, and rebirth
  75. Sister, Let the band play on? | Lynne McAennyl
  76. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  77. I Thought I got the Beat | Inks and Scribbles
  78. Daily Post: Performance | Destino
  79. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Basically Beyond Basic

Beats Till My Heart Beats

Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo

I’m not doing this prompt! I have no time for it.

I have my bands jamming session to catch up to! So I’ll keep it really short. I do the opposite things in the band. I am either a singer or more preferably a drummer! Oh how I love those sticks in my hands when I vent out my anger on that poor set. I love playing.

It gives a rhythm to my heart. And that song. That song that I won’t write. I just give the one thing that a song requires the most – a beat. I’m that heartbeat that keeps a song rolling, never letting it die. I decide the pace or I keep up with the pace. Because if I slow down, I take matters in my own hands. That’s when a band looks at me and we improvise. That crispy sound, the clear cling from a cymbal, the thump from the pad, the crash from the crashes and the beat from the bass. I give it all. I love it all.

For all you health freaks, it’s a better exercise than anything you’d want to believe.

Nope I’m the drummer. Fuck the singer! I wish I was Dave Lombardo from the “Skeleton Christ” or “Cult”! 😀

Lets see who is what in a band

  1. Accomplished | Rima Hassan
  2. Dhol (a drum) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Rockstar! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Sometimes you have to simply stop and think | From One Crazy Life To Another
  5. Harmonized Taps for JFK | Exploratorius
  6. The Man From Bug and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. One Crazy Mom » We Got The Beat
  8. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  9. I was picked last for family band camp | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Jamming | Knowledge Addiction
  11. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat- Music Performance | Journeyman
  12. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Photographer declares war on Food Porn. | Greg Urbano
  14. DP Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Sabethville
  15. If I Had The Courage | Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  16. My Band: a poem – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  17. I Wanna Be A Riot Grrrl | RinnyWee
  18. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Awl and Scribe
  19. Just call me Tabbycat… part of the T’Cats crew. | thoughtsofrkh
  20. DAILY PROMPT: Performance “I’m not in a band BUT…” | cockatooscreeching
  21. Performance | My Little Avalon
  22. Anyone For Polka | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  23. If We Could Be ‘The Batshit Crazies’ | jigokucho
  24. Daily post theme: Performance | The Wandering Poet
  25. Rockstars in the Making | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  26. I’m IN the Band | S K I P
  27. My Part of Heaven | Flowers and Breezes
  28. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat « Mama Bear Musings
  29. Drum Roll Please…. | Life Confusions
  30. One, two, three! | Life is great
  31. YO we got that BEAT! | My pitter patter wordfaLL 🙂
  32. Have I Ever?! | Forever Autumn
  33. We Got the Beat | I Write Therefore I Am
  34. CHOSEN | mnemosynesandlethe
  35. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Sued51’s Blog
  36. Pre-gig rituals | A picture is worth 1000 words
  37. Flash Fiction: The Cello | Sarah’s Typos
  38. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat, 25.02.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  39. Once upon a time I used to write music. | Simple Heart Girl
  40. Signs of Life | The Nameless One
  41. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  42. Make your child do this! | Parents Are People Too
  43. She’s got balls! I wish I could do that! | Mishe en Place
  44. This one time at Band Camp…. | Green Embers
  45. duets sssss (double acrostic/tanka) | peacefulblessedstar
  46. Daily Prompt: Being Musical! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  47. Daily Prompt – Performance | Nicola Kirk
  48. I’ve Still got the Beat, Grandpa | The Shotgun Girls
  49. Stop me? | martha0stout
  50. The Healing Process | melissuhhsmiles
  51. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Diary of Dennis
  52. Music, a Memoir. Kinda Like Dick and Jane only Sideways | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  53. A Lesson from my Piano Teacher, Advice I Didn’t take | Kosher Adobo
  54. HE LIFTS US UP: Song for Abuse Victims | ChristianBlessings
  55. SYMPHONY | hastywords
  56. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Po’ Girl Shines
  57. Daily Prompt: We’ve Got the Beat | Lady K’s Lounge
  58. The Fluting Mime | Kate Murray
  59. I Can’t Sing, I Can’t Play, I Look Awful… | Steve Says…
  60. landing is always | y
  61. What Sort of Music – Just Sing a Song
  62. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/daily-prompt-we-got-the-beat/ | Menimèse Creare
  63. Sing It With Peelings | The Book of Shayne
  64. Daily Prompt: Performance | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  65. Music: Enjoy The Beat… | Mirth and Motivation
  66. The Band of Books and Booze and Brilliance. | meg lago
  67. Performance | La Gatita Oscura
  68. BE WITH BEAUTY | Emotional Fitness
  69. We Got the Beat! | 365 Days of Thank You
  70. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat – I Wanna Rock! | SA:ME (사메)
  71. We Got the Beat! | Alexia Jones
  72. Punched pause | fifty5words
  73. You kick it into 4-wheel drive, and you go… til you hear the banjo. | thisblogisepic
  74. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Firebrands: a short tale of success, failure, and rebirth
  75. Sister, Let the band play on? | Lynne McAennyl
  76. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  77. I Thought I got the Beat | Inks and Scribbles
  78. Daily Post: Performance | Destino
  79. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Basically Beyond Basic