I have never been able to play a musical instrument. I tried a couple times when I was little, like most kids do. I originally wanted to play a flute, of all things, however I had an awful overbite and physically couldn't play the darn thing. I settled on a cornet, and drove my parents crazy with that for a few years. That was pretty much the end of my musical career.
But I have always listened to music, and lots of it. I appreciate just about every type of music, except those types of music that don't take too much talent to create. Like almost all pop music. But I even sometimes enjoy those types of songs as well.
One thing I have always been able to do is separate the different instruments in my head. In other words, if a song is playing, I can isolate the bass, guitar, drums, and vocals if I want, or just listen to the song as a whole. Typically I will "separate" out the drums. I have always loved drums and percussion - but never have laid a stick to a skin.
As I am wont to do during my battles with insomnia, last night I was perusing youtube. I swear there is more to see there than I will ever be able to digest. What a great time waster. Better than TV imho.
I stumbled upon this kickass video:
That is one "Machine Gun" Smith, drumming over Iron Maiden's "The Trooper". I dove a little deeper into Smith and found that he has spent a lot of time doing these types of videos. Here is a link to all of his stuff, check out what he did to a famous Kelly Clarkson song (it is on page 2 of the profile) and don't miss what happens when Charlie Brown meets "Machine Gun" Smith on page one. Awesome.