If you have a couple hours to kill one evening, click over to YouTube and search for song covers made my amateur musicians. Sure, you’ll see a lot of junk, but if you’re patient and your search-fu is strong, you’ll find some amazing performances. I went YouTube prospecting a few weeks ago and found a few drumming videos that I’ve gone back to watch several times. They’re that good!
Okay. First up, a six year-old kid playing Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”. No, don’t you dare skip over this one. Keep in mind he’s six and trying to play a song that vexes even the greatest living drummer in the explored galaxy.
Like that? Here’s another drum cover of the same song, edited a bit for time, by a young lady whose videos fascinate me. Her name is Meytal Cohen and she’s out in Los Angeles, by way of Israel. She is very, very good and obviously loves what she does — an irresistible combination.
Yes, I noticed she’s a knockout. Oddly enough, the more I watched her play, the less I noticed what she looked like. Skill and enthusiasm holds my attention a heck of a lot longer than a cute smile. Check out how well she handles Rush’s instrumental “YYZ”. Also, go ahead and try not to be blown away at the 2:14 mark and utterly charmed at the 2:20 mark. I dare you. She’ll get your attention back on the drums at 2:30.
One more from Meytal, who I hope gets into a band that can showcase her incredible chops very soon. This one’s Zeppelin. “Black Dog”. Oh, I see your skepticism over there. Yes, you giving me the “oh please!” look right now. Peart and Bonham, you say? Hell yes, I say. She doesn’t have Bonham’s heavy bass drum foot, but she has his patience and his rock-solid tempo, which is what you need to handle Zeppelin. Also, she sings along silently to some of the vocals, a musician thing with which I identify strongly. Very strongly, actually.
No go forth and find your own amateur cover tune goodness!
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