Cry Me a River.

Ok, get those violins out. Today I’m a bit under the weather AND I’ve got a bum wing…. well, wrist actually. I’m hopped up on flu meds, painkillers and I’m wearing a splint that makes me look like a professional bowler. I’ve actually been mistaken for Ernie McCracken three times today. Being a huge fan of Kingpin, I’m going to chalk it up as a compliment.

I was going to take the day off, get some rest and recover a bit, but then I thought about Rick.

Rick Allen - Def Leppard
Rick Allen - Def Leppard

On December 31, 1984 Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen, lost his left arm in a horrific car collision. Most drummers would consider this a career-ending accident, but Rick had the courage and strength to come back and learn how to play drums with one arm. If Rick Allen could overcome so many obstacles and make a triumphant return to Def Leppard, how could I sit around and watch Seinfeld reruns all day? I decided I must record with one arm. I decided the blog must go on.

Loop #19

With 75% limb functionality, I put my left foot to work and used it to cover the hi hat pattern. I then laid down a funky, almost New Orleans style groove between my left hand on the snare and right foot on the the kick drum. The Pseudoephedrine and Oxycodone took care of everything else.

Preview Here:


Download the Logic session here. (66MB)

Non-Logic fools, get your .wav files here.

100 BPM

2 thoughts on “Cry Me a River.

  1. Dusk

    This is a really cool blog. I just discovered it today and I think I’m going to learn a lot about drumming! Plus this is some really good audio material for sampling/mashing.

  2. ronnie

    Great post Ryan. Never cared much for Def Leppard really but I thought it was great that Rick was able to continue playing.

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