The Conga Player’s Union
Hit Haul and Hang starts its third show with a little follow-up about the NYC marimba schlep anecdote from Ep 1 and fleshing out the concept of instrumental “doubling“. Early on, a guest musician’s appearance challenges the guys’ ability to stay on track.
The conversation takes a random side trip to answer the perennial question about what a movie set “key grip” is and Pete throws out the concept that musicians tend to fall into one of two categories: readers or practicers. That idea gets explored through Andy’s performance watching preferences, tangentially through Josh’s show-learning abilities, and Andy’s part-assigning technique, hammer dulcimer and vibraharp experience notwithstanding.
Finally, our guest, non-brush-using conga player makes a brief, on-mic appearance!
This particular episode would have been a) out a lot sooner and b) noticeably longer, if not for some career-conscious edits that we reluctantly needed to make. Malcolm Gladwell’s notion, “self-consciousness is the enemy of interestingness” really comes to mind here, so we’ll share some of what was left out one of these days 🙂
- We couldn’t find a sharable recording of Andy’s song “The Way You Say” featuring cimbalom (a close relative of hammer dulcimer) but you can still hear and see the instrument in action with his band Cordis
- Legendary Hollywood percussionist Emil Richards
- Beetlejuice on Broadway (w/ Josh on percussion!)
- Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (w/ Pete on drums & percussion)
- Andrew’s musicals:
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