a sad day for metal

Drummer Louie Bellson died on Valentine’s Day. He was made famous drumming and composing for Duke Ellington. The reason it’s a sad day for metal is that Bellson pioneered the double-bass drum setup. He came up with it in high school at the age of 14. He grew up to play stuff like this:

That double bass idea gave way to stuff like this:

Thanks Louie. Rest In Peace.

and sometimes you have to wonder

I think Noah is smart. But I think Noah is smart the same way every parent thinks their kid is smart.

“My son looks at me when I call his name. He’s a genius.”
“He’s seven.”

But Noah does do some awesome stuff. Maybe it’s more cute than intelligent, but now, when you put pants on him, he’ll hold up his foot to help you get it in the pant leg. This goes for socks and shoes too. Not only adorable, but highly convenient. Which is nice, cause convenient actions and kids are a rare combination. Very rare.

But then, yesterday, he did something that struck me as a little less intelligent. As I was leaving for work, and Noah followed me out into the garage, he noticed the box for his drum set. He bangs away on his drum set all the time (seen climbing it in this video), so I was surprised to see him that excited about the box for it. Then he found a drumstick…

and proceeds to beat on it, like it’s the real thing.

So this means one of three things in my mind.
1) Noah thinks he now has two drum sets, and this one just sounds “boxier”.
2) Noah has little-to-no depth perception
3) Noah is actually intelligent and was doing a “Hey, heh, look! Heh, heh. I’m playing the drums!” joke.

Here’s hoping it’s the third one.

Note: Please forgive the quality of the cell phone picture.

noah loves drumming

Teresa tries to play it off, telling me that other moms say their kids like to drum too. Other moms are stupid. This kid, this one below, yeah, he freakin’ loves drumming.

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