So Monday night I went to a random open mic night in Baltimore with my new roommate Bert and my brother Tyler, who's in town for a few days.
I expected a few Bob Marley covers, an awful psych-goth band or two, and the requisite singer-songwriters.
What I got was a lesson in cymbal crushing.
When we first showed up at the club, I saw a kid walking around with only one arm. I thought that he must be a friend of one of the bands. Then the one-armed kid picked up a drumstick, so I thought maybe he was going to help the band set up.
Then the one-armed kid freaking taped a drumstick to his stump and proceeded to crush it on a drum kit.
Let me repeat that in case you missed it. The ONE-ARMED KID TAPED A DRUMSTICK TO HIS STUMP.
Man, I was blown away. My brother, Bert and I joked before he went on that he would only play Def Leppard songs, since Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen only has one arm.
He did not, but I found this awesome video of Rick Allen explaining how he relearned the drums after losing his arm. Epic.
I assume Monday night was the only time in my life I'll ever see a one-armed drummer. Anyone else ever seen one?