Every had a trainwreck?
Keys is on keys. Leader slipped in on drums. The drum cage is behind Keys' back. We have in-ear monitors, and Keys has a hearing aid. So, unless the drums are up on the in-ear monitors, Keys can't hear 'em.
Ever had a drummer try to assert a tempo when the main harmonic element can't even remotely hear him?
There was some key slipping, too. All the guys on guitars and bass stepped back to let them figure it out.
And wouldn't you know, some folks came up and said "you guys sounded great"?
I tried to explain what happened to Medium, using things he might have heard and might understand. In passing, I mention Otis Redding, using the drummer's insistence that the song is MUCH faster than you might think as first as an example. And I, after much looking, find my Otis in my stacks. Then I play it for him, to show the wonder of Otis.
He looked at me like had grown a third eyeball in the middle of my forehead.
- let the musicians face each other if at all possible
- get to EVERY song in practice
- kids today don't know nothin'!