There's nothing wrong with large drum sets. Sometimes a song calls for a long, involved fill. Especially if you’re in the band Rush, and the song is “Spirit of Radio”. (Warning: There is long pony-tail in that Rush video.)

I’m at a lake northeast of Atlanta right now called Hartwell. People in Georgia escape to lakes to cool themselves because the oppressive heat is so oppressive, you can’t even eat cream cheese. I heard a guy in a parking lot say, “It’s too hot for cream cheese.” He wasn’t talking to anyone in particular. He was getting out of his midnight black Mustang. It was a 175 degrees.

Lake Hartwell is on the border between South Carolina and Georgia. It's 56,000 acres in size extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo River, and 45 miles up the Seneca River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the lake during the Hartwell Dam project for flood control and hydroelectric power.

Lazy skies above greenish water slur words with beer. Nothing moves quickly. People here boil peanuts, race tractors in mud, and watch insects fly into bug zappers, a.k.a. electrical-discharge insect-control systems. The zappers use a fluorescent light or black light to attract insects. Bugs fly toward the light and hit wire grids or screens surrounding the bulb, and are fried. It’s most unfortunate for them. It makes a zapping sound.

The group I’m with went to a local bar last night. There was a band playing. The drummer had an extremely large drum set. His drums took up half the bar. There were many toms, and splash cymbals powerfully mounted on a rack system. There were roto-toms. The band played three songs while we were there, Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me”, Ratt’s “Round and Round”, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. I really wanted to see him get on the roto-toms, but they were not hit a single time in those three songs. The band took a break and I was able to ask the drummer how often the roto-toms are actually played. He said never. They weren’t his. They were his friend’s, who likes to jam. Skynyrd’s “Call Me the Breeze” came on the jukebox as we spoke. I always forget how good a band Lynyrd Skynyrd is and was. Ronnie Van Zant was and is a King.

* Here's a drummer in his basement playing "Spirit of Radio". Tagging it pretty well.