Thursday, November 29, 2007

Accompany this!

The flute was great, but I am wishing I had a long video of just this...

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Brian kept telling me that the drums weren't a solo instrument. They were more an accompaniment instrument. I decided to look up the word accompaniment. I know what it means, but I wanted to read an official definition.

accompaniment - part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts. Oh, I beg to differ...

How about this definition?
accompaniment - something added to complete or embellish or make perfect.

While that definition is more along the lines of "wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish" kind of thing I think it describes how I feel about these drums perfectly! And a good drum solo just thrills me. It completes the song...makes it perfect. Sigh.


nathan said...

i totally get the drums thing. i'm a drummer & i think that brian, though i don't know him, may be mistaken about drums being a solo instrument. i think that sometimes we get certain ideas about what things are or what they do or what they're for & we then have a hard time getting off those ideas. so, with the drums, we've dominantly seen drums as an addition to a larger piece of music. but they are, indeed, able to stand alone & provide the emotion & movement that music offers.
drum on brother!

Tamara said...

I love the duet. I think of accompaniment like a marriage. Each complements the other. They help one another and highlight the strengths of each other. Many times a vocal solo is made much more beautiful by the accompanying instrument. Each instrument (including the voice) elicits a different emotional response, so combining them (especially in an unusual pairing like the flute & drums) awakens us to new emotions. Viva la accompaniment!