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It brings a music lover great pleasure to come across something really different and entertaining every now and again. YouTube is a catalyst for creation that allows great musicians and innovators to do just that; produce something mind blowing, fun, and/or just zany, out of this world. Rob Scallon's cover of "Raining Blood" is the latter.

Rob is an independent musician who creates music videos on YouTube, which allows him to incorporate his audience in a big way. His audience is able to contribute lines to write the lyrics in his "Mad Lib" series, as well, Scallon tries to tab out the music that he creates so that others can follow along and keep the sweet sound flowing.

Finding Rob Scallon was a treat. After a viral video of him playing Slayer's famous "Raining Blood" on a banjo through eBaum's World, I dug a little deeper to find out who the man behind the mysterious (and hilarious) bluegrass rendition of a famous heavy metal tune was.

The way we reset the tempo, the instruments used, and the personal stylistic choice can drastically alter the movement and the effect.

Scallon's work is full of creative and interesting pieces, including songs expertly played on 8-string, Spanish, and various other acoustic and electric guitars, but the banjo cover certainly tops the list for this writer. Incredibly, it's not just entertaining because it's so completely outside what we expect to be a Slayer cover, but also because it demonstrates the fluidity in music.

A great musician and an average player alike could play the song on a piano, a pipe organ, a saxophone, and various other instruments, playing the same notes and melodies, and getting completely different results. This illustration of creativity shows us that not only is music a timeless art, but the way we reset the tempo, the instruments used, and the personal stylistic choice can drastically alter the movement and the effect.

Which brings us to Patreon; a site which, much like Subbable for artists, allows contributing fans to "patronize" the great artists and creators that inhabit YouTube. By doing so, fans get to become a big part of the community, helping to sustain the creative process and showing they actively support the arts.

We'll be doing a full profile on the man behind the wood and strings later this week, but for now, take a gander through Patreon and see if there's anything you wouldn't care to help keep from floating out of focus.

Like what you hear? Support Rob Scallon by contributing to his Patreon page and keep this artist going.

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