#8 Apt 33 Again - The Ruff Pack (circa 2013)

The drummer in this clip is Daru Jones. He’s also Jack White’s (The White Stripes) drummer. He has the unique approach and skill to find that in-between-strict-adherence-to-the-math…vs. swing. It’s a funk all to its own. Notice how you’ll hear multiple interpretations of the space between the notes from each section of the trio. It almost hurts your brain. It’s an incredibly untapped universe, I believe. And just when you think no one on stage is paying attention…things are getting “sloppy”…bam: locked in on the ‘a’ of 4 for the groove takedown. Amazing.



#7 Disappear - Army of Anyone (circa 2006)

The guitarist and bassist from Stone Temple Pilots were on a break due to their vocalist, the now deceased Scott Weiland, being dysfunctional.  Vocalist, Richard Patrick (former NIN member), was breaking from his band Filter.  Drummer, Ray Luzier (currently with Korn), was taking a break from the David Lee Roth band.  So guess what happened next?  A super band of sorts.  They made one album.  Great musicianship happening here.


#6 Dusty Trails - Lucius (circa 2016)

I'm not sure this is relevant to our lessons, other than our consistent topic of BELIEVABILITY. There's a soul to this which cannot be ignored.  Music is churned out by the machine at such a rate, artists who create their own material are often overlooked or swallowed whole due to their lack of hip relevancy.  Maybe just consider this a shoutout to the original and authentic content creators.  Enjoy.


#5 Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police (circa 1983/2007)

Police:  LIVE in 2007 playing their 1983 hit.  Hit?  That sounds weird.  It almost devalues its significance.  Hit:  entertainment fodder.  I digress...It could be said that our approach at VM is derivative of Stewart's style.  For years I pondered why we can't or why we don't play marching percussion like Stewart.  So, behold:  this is where it came from.


#1 State of Independence - Jon Anderson (circa 1981)

Yes.  The band Yes.  The lead singer from the band Yes.

He wrote this beautiful song with Vangelis (film composer:  Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, etc).  Almost 30 years later, he was a guest of the Cleveland Youth Symphony.  This video is of that performance.  However, the audio is clearly from a controlled recording environment.  It’s been done many times by different artists, including Donna Summer, Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), etc.  Enjoy!