I have been a musician all of my life. At the age of five I was taught the basics of the piano. At age ten I learned the trumpet and by age 14 the French horn. In high school I completed my learning of the piano as well as the drums and a life time love of music began. I was in the school orchestra, band and jazz band. Also I was in a garage band.
My wife and I have sons that also have a love of music and are excellent musicians and singers in their own right. I try to keep up with current artists through them. One son introduced me to a group called the White Stripes. In fact one time on the way home from a family outing he put a disc in the car CD player and put on a song called “The Denial Twist” and I went crazy.
The White Stripes are a very unique group. Their sound is considered rock and alternative and they would give homage to garage rock, Blues and Punk.
The interesting thing is the simplicity of the band’s make up. Usually when you examine a band you are looking at their different instrumentation and the different vocals that are the composite of the band. When you look at White Stripes you have to look at it from a different standpoint.
White Stripes was formed in 1997. They are made up of Jack and Meg White. They were married but are now divorced and married to other people.
While they were married Meg White started, for whatever reason to practice the drums. Most people would say she is not very professional. However, she brings “comeliness” to the role by the way she holds her sticks. There is no question that she keeps incredible time with Jack who is amazing in his ability to employ the keyboard and the drums and guitar as well as his singing style. He says Meg brings out the best in him.
As they became more popular they divorced and Jack White was funny about the relationship sometimes saying they were brother and sister. His explanation was that it kept the focus on the music and not the relationship. I find this a little bit odd but you probably won’t find a musician that does not have quirks. I have linked to a couple of songs and you can see their operation and the simplicity of the drum work and the way that Meg White employs her actions. You can see it is not as much the technique of this group as it is the end result.
The group uses a consistency of three colors, red, black and white.
What makes this group unique?
There are two extremely diverse personalities. The courage for two people to play alone is amazing. Jack White does all of the music even playing different instruments at the same time. Their color scheme is unique. Meg White holds the drumsticks as a child might but gets a result that is of a great support.
They are great but they and they have what the iconic groups have; they are fun to watch.
I have also linked to show you Jack White with Alicia Keys working on a James Bond film.