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baggage • scouting • acoustic
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  1. The band has a Latin-Caribbean sound.
  2. A lot of his job is for members of commercial bands.
  3. I the first socks I found, and they don't even match.
  4. There is a lot of negative that goes with being a lawyer.
  5. This radio station plays only music on Sundays.
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#526 Music Man

Tres talks about his love of music and the drums.

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negative baggage

And for all that negative baggage that comes with that term, yes I am a drummer.

In this case, 'negative baggage' refers to the negative ideas that people normally have about drummers.  Notice the following:

  1. She had so much negative baggage about his profession that she really couldn't believe he was a good person.
  2. I have a lot of negative baggage from those years of my life.


I grew up playing in punk bands, mostly because those were the only bands scouting for drummers at the time.

To 'scout' for something is to look for it with a lot of energy and effort.  Notice the following:

  1. We are scouting for a new car.
  2. He scouted the neighborhood looking for his dog.


Usually if I’m doing a jazz piece or a very soft acoustic set, I’ll use brushes.

'Acoustic' music is not changed or enhanced using electronics.  It is music as it sounds naturally.  Notice the following:

  1. The acoustic version of this song is the best.
  2. After the show was over, the band came back and played an acoustic song.


A lot of Western drummers have picked up the drum, and have fused Western rhythms along with African and Latin poly-rhythms.

If you 'fuse' multiple ideas together, you are combining them and making a mixture of all of the different parts.  Notice the following:

  1. The company wanted to fuse the love for peanut butter with the love for ice cream, but the result was terrible.
  2. The author fused mystery and romance together perfectly.


You have extra sticks that you can grab when you need them.

To 'grab' is to take something that you want or need.  Notice the following:

  1. If you want something to drink you can grab a Coke from the refrigerator.
  2. Will you grab my jacket from the closet?


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