I was almost ten years old. The coolest kid in school played the drums. I needed to do that. She sat me down at a drum set. My mother sat of to the side and watched.
“Play a three beat. Boom Chack Chack, Boom Chack Chack.” She said, “And I’ll play the piano and try to through you off. You Stay steady.”
She had a calm manner. Large woman in my eyes, but nice. She played the piano and I sat at the huge drum set. Bass drum on one, snare on two and three, repeat….She got up and approached my mother.
“OK. He can be a drummer.”