I put up a tribute to our drummer (Balot) on our band website. If you want to check it out, just click on the link below.
However, this post in my own personal blog is to talk about how much Balot has meant to me because of the music that we have shared over the years. He has given me many gifts in terms of learning timing and creativity. And he has shown me how utterly enjoyable it feels to be a percussionist.
Below are two versions of our cover of Sade's Smooth Operator from last year and one of his last gigs just recently. The band tacks on a Santana riff jam at the end of the song, which allows Balot and I to play around and jam to our hearts' content. Check it out below. along with a few pictures of past gigs that show Balot and I onstage.
Ayuyang Bar, BaguioBela Bar, San Juan
I will surely miss this guy. I've been his percussive wingman for the entirety of my musical career so far. Take care in the land down under, Balot.
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