Drumming Differently, A Blizzard of Styles Flurry in the Philly “Snowlo”

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By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

               

3.5.15: Global – (Music): My bass drum was replaced with a recycling bin stuffed with snow and a cinderblock and my cymbals were slightly muted from the heavy snow falling in Philadelphia, but that didn’t diminish the flurry of styles that played throughout my “drum snowlo.”

 

Award-winning journalist, Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris, takes a #SnowDaySelfie in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2015)

Award-winning journalist, Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris, takes a #SnowDaySelfie in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2015)

 

 

I played the drums in the snow once before, but it was only for a few seconds and I didn’t venture into multiple rhythms as I did in this session.

Some who saw the less than the thirty second video I posted a year ago loved it; others questioned why I would risk ruining expensive drum equipment for views on YouTube, among other platforms.

Well, for starters, snow won’t ruin drums – at least not the flurries that dance when I play. And, more importantly, the quick video wasn’t about views, it’s about producing a visual representation of self, in this case,  a person who marches to the beat of his inner drummer.

 

 

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Much wiser now than when I first started recording myself playing drums, I no longer compare myself to others drummers on the web or stage, because uniqueness isn’t to be compared. Instead, I watch others and celebrate what makes them special, while working diligently to ensure my playing differentiates itself.

If I had to think hard about the reason why I, instead of playing traditional 4/4 drumbeats indoors, would rather play in natural environments and drum differently, it’s because I’m rebelling against the idea of predictability and normalcy, and embracing a lifestyle of spontaneity.

Just like I refuse to be limited to one style of writing in my journalism trade, I refuse to be boxed in as a particular type of drummer – for example, a funk drummer, a jazz drummer, or a hip-hop drummer.

At the end of the groove, I’m all of the above and more. But most importantly, at the end of the day, before being a journalist, drummer, or CEO, I’m a human-being destined for, if nothing else, individuality.

I AM MAN, HEAR ME DRUM!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, I’m Flood the Drummer® & I’m Drumming for JUSTICE!™

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About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

 

A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

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Reaching million of people across channels and platforms, Techbook Online Corporation (TBO Inc), a 2015 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship, publishes socially relevant content that informs, engages, educates, and empowers communities. For more information visit www.techbookonline.com.

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