The Black Napkin Volume 1 Issue 3 - Page 11


Not That Traditional

by Kevin Rabas

Bandleader Doris says, “The minister says she wants our services to have a more traditional feel,” and I know what she means, no drums, or drums set to a Sousa march. Or worse, tap tap tap, brushes on hi-hat or one big brush swish circle on snare, sound of the turntable arm cycling, idling on the LP’s inner ring, monotony of background click, nothing doing, and so I say, “You mean like we get a goat and sacrifice it on an altar and raise the burnt offerings up to the heavens?” And Doris says, “Not that traditional.”