Post by bernardjenkins on Apr 30, 2007 13:24:52 GMT -5
Ronald "Pigpen" McKernan was a founding member of the rock band Grateful Dead. His musical contributions to the Grateful Dead included vocals, Hammond organ, harmonica, percussion, and a little guitar.
A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. The term usually applies to an object used in a rhythmic context and/or with musical intent.
The word, "percussion", has evolved from Latin terms: "percussio" (which translates as "to beat, strike" in the musical sense, rather than the violent action), and "percussus" (which is a noun meaning "a beating"). As a noun in contemporary English it is described at Wiktionary as "the collision of two bodies to produce a sound". The usage of the term is not unique to music but has application in medicine and weaponry, as in percussion cap, but all known and common uses of the word, "percussion", appear to share a similar lineage beginning with the original Latin: "percussus". In a musical context then, the term "percussion instruments" may have been coined originally to describe a family of instruments including DRUMS, rattles, metal plates, or wooden blocks which musicians would beat or strike (as in a collision) to produce sound.
To say that Pigpen never played drums is just wrong. Now maybe a wrong impression was given by someone else but any and everyone knows that the drums were played by Micky and Bill. No argument here. Just saying! Peace
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2007 13:42:22 GMT -5 by bernardjenkins
They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator. David Attenborough, on crediting God for the wonders of the world.