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Katie Byrne: the G-word

We need to define our concept of God before we abandon it

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne

I fell on my feet earlier this year when I discovered a virtuoso drumming teacher who does house visits. Even better, he brings a full drum kit along with him. The kit changes each week with the introduction of a new snare drum. He says he wants me to understand how the depth of sound varies. It's also an opportunity for him to show off his new toys.

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"Today we're going to play the Black Beauty," he announced last week. A short history lesson followed as he carefully removed the drum from its case. It's from the 1950s, he explained. Handcrafted. They don't make them like this anymore.

I nodded along, oohing and aahing where it seemed appropriate, but the truth is that I had already zoned out. The drumsticks were dangling temptingly from his hand; the cymbals were winking at me and I had waited a whole week to whack the hell out of something.

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