Sunday, September 23, 2012

Because At Night The Sun In Retreat Made The Skyline Look Like Crooked Teeth



I know, it's not very good; maybe only 43 percent better than the original:



The Heir and The Spare play in a room with no heat; it doesn't even have electricity. If they play too loud, plaster falls on their heads. When they want to practice, they have to run an extension cord in there first. But somehow, they manage to play together every day -- often twice a day. The Heir has to sing through a practice bass amp, and it doesn't even have reverb. The Spare is only nine, and his legs still have trouble straddling the snare to play the high-hat and the bass drum, but he never falters, really; he's as reliable a timekeeper as most adult drummers already. These videos are just practices recorded on a Flip camera with an ambient microphone.

They've tried to play with a hearty handful of neighbor kids, but they always drift off; they can't seem to concentrate on any one thing for any length of time. Their parents and the schools have them doing forty things at the same time, as if they were polymaths on diet pills, but they end up being as reliable as electricity in India at everything.

My boys press on. They have no natural advantages, and lots of impediments. How can they fail?


7 comments:

julie said...

My boys press on. They have no natural advantages, and lots of impediments. How can they fail?

Human condition at its best, right there.

Also, I think they were at least 53% better than the original.

Thud said...

If I do half as good a job with my little uns I'll be a proud and content man.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure my parents would envy you having children who make more than annoying noises- that's all they ever got
I was gonna suggest "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees- seems like it would be right up their alley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5G9tIe84lE
Might shake off more of that plaster though...

Anonymous said...

Also, I would imagine you could generate some respectable cash building Strat and Tele bodies out of the beautiful woods you seem to have in abundance-

KMM said...

Hey! I really enjoy seeing your boys play. They're good...makes me smile! Thanks for posting and I look forward to more!

Sam L. said...

Well, Mr. Sippi, if you are natural (and not Mr. Natural), they do have an advantage

Les Cargill said...

The way to find a bass player is to ask the local piano teacher for the name of the kid with a good left hand that practices when (s)he is supposed to and doesn't talk much.