Let the drummer go

I am not a Calvinist. But this Christmas I listened to a lot of the band, Theocracy. Calvinism kind of fits with the darker themes of Heavy Metal. Anyway, I think their Christmas stuff is great. Sometimes it is hilarious. They have a song called Frosty and Rudolf that ends with Frosty having a meltdown and Santa eating venison.

It took me a long time to realize that I really like Heavy Metal. As an amateur historian, I started listening to Iron Maiden because they had songs based on historical incidents. The lyrics to Alexander the Great, read like a text-book. They did literature too, as in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

But as I went through difficult experiences in my life I discovered that this type of music often dealt with death and fear. When my wife was fighting cancer I found that earphones and high volume head banging to Metallica and Judas Priest helped me.

I have had several drummers as friends. I appreciate drums. I empathize with drummers. That is one reason I gravitate toward rock and metal music.

I am broad enough in my tastes that I like Classical, Jazz and Country too. I partly agree with the British philosopher, Roger Scruton, who laments that rock has caused people to dance at each other rather than with each other. That is one reason to like Country as well. You can always two-step.

Back to Theocracy, it has always seemed to me that in the song, Little Drummer Boy, you ought to unleash the drummer.



About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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