It's been a few days since my last entry, but I've been busy! Busy searching - searching for a drum set.
As I mentioned previously in brief, I did have a drum set in my teens, but my father put a stop to that once he realized how loud they were - he didn't know what he got himself into. So after a few months he ended that experiment. I don't blame him entirely, because my zeal didn't allow me to play at opportune times (like, I don't know, daytime).
Begrudgingly, and emotionally, I had to let them go. In that short period of time, I realized just how much I had learned without taking any lessons, with only listening and viewing my favorite drummers when I could. I was the student of the pro. No, I didn't immerse myself in building my chops, or being technically adept, but just to have fun, and to challenge myself to see if I could at least air drum what I thought the drummer was doing. So when I actually got a kit, I was playing songs like "Tom Sawyer" from Rush, not to perfection of course, but very close for someone who hadn't taken any lessons. It was somewhat of a revelation. I could really play!
Alas, there was no time to develop things like "groove" and "timing", nor was there an opportunity to join a band or the like. Relatively soon after that I had my own family, and drums just were not a priority.
But the passion was still there. I always was checking videos of drummers and finger- and air-drumming, feet and all, just for the fun of it. I figured that someday when I revisited a real set of drums, I'd be somewhat ready.
And that day has arrived. I've set a strict budget, and off I go to find the right combination of pieces, cymbals, and brand. I believe brand is important, not only from a reputation point of view, but usually in any industry brand names tend to give better support if you need it.
There is an issue about the neighbors, though. I've thought about that, and soon silencers will be a part of my equipment list, but I will not be all googly-eyed and need to play them 24-7 (I may want to, but I won't). Subsequently, I'll let you all know what I got!