Monday, February 26, 2007


Yep. Learnt that myself. Real quick.

I've been listening to Dream Theater religiously for close to five years now, but for some reason, I never got the idea to play along with the god of thunder himself. So, I cranked up the iPod, duct taped the earphones in and rocked out on my six-piece Yamaha with double-bass pedals to "Honor Thy Father" and "Blind Faith."

My leg hurts. That's all I have to say.

Dream Theater is releasing a new CD in June, by the way. Track listing is up on their Web site. Too bad their forum is no more...probably because so many whined and complained that Octavarium and Score wasn't anything like Awake. Makes it tough to talk to Dream Theater fans. There were some good people on that forum, and I don't know where they went. Also, there were some jerks on that forum, and I hope they didn't pay their electric bills.

Still, the band probably canned the forum because there was too much complaining. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking. Does Dream Theater have such a thin skin that they can't handle criticism? Probably, but Dream Theater fans are irritatingly picky about music. An entire CD can be ruined because of one chord to some fans. But, the band just started a MySpace page. What the hell do band members think they are going to see there?

What's this, you say? Never heard Mike Portnoy or Dream Theater? Enjoy:

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I respect you as a drummer, you know this, but I could've told you you're no Mike Portnoy. XD

Just the same, from the experiences of another drummer I know, keep practicing with him and eventually your leg will stop hurting, you'll gain muscle tone you didn't think you could find again with a chisel, and you'll surprise yourself with what you can do.

As for nit-pickers on Dream Theater, why is it that that band more than so many others seems to pick up the obsessive fan that has no artistic flexibility? I'm always reminded of the Star Trek fans and how they get upset if William Shatner can't remember the number on the trash dumpster from episode #... well, you get the picture.

If you ever meet Mike and the thin-skinned boys, tell them that there are those of us out here that love their exploration of their genre, their commitment to excellence, and for challenging the listener to open their ears and their minds to new experiences.

Keep bangin' away at that double-bass.
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