Subject: Bang the Drum Slowly
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Sat Jan 16, 1999 at 11:31AM

Bang the Drum Slowly

Drums are a key to rhythm
For little music has a system
Without a driving beat behind
That gives the melody time

And so we honor all the drummers
Who've given us those numbers
The 2-4, the 3-4, the 4-4, the 5-4 ...
And all those mixes played evermore

Without whose talent we could not
Have all of the music we've now got
For so very much of it all relies ...
On the beat of the skins, by and by

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:21am Friday, Jan. 15th. 1999

In Honor of Gene Krupa
(Born on this day in 1909)