The death of Charlie Watts this week put me in mine of an obsession I festered a few years back: Drummers!
Then, by accident (or maybe guided by the speedy, ghostly hands of the Stones drummer himself), I clicked on a Netflix documentary last night, entitled "Count Me In," produced and directed by Mark Lo, that attempted to explain my fascination. And there they were, clips of my drummer heroes: Max Roach, Art Blakey, Alvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Sandy Nelson, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Topper Headon, Nick Mason, Nicko MrBrain, Ian Paice, Chad Smith, and, of course, Charlie Watts, and a few others showing and in some cases attempting to explain just how they did it. And, of course, the answer is what I had finally determined in following my obsession way back when: It's simply crazy, amazing magic!
Charles Farley is an author who lives and writes in Huntsville, Alabama.