Originally Posted by Womble
Interesting how you say 50 Ways revolves around the drum part, but that the drum part is in turn the perfect part for the song. It makes me wonder which came first, the chicken or the egg? Seriously, does anyone know how that part came into existence? My gut feeling, and hence why I may be disparaging about the part, is that it was a groove Gadd had come up with in his own time and wanted to play in a song, and found one he could fit it into to.
Paul Simon wrote the song around the groove. Steve was warming up, doing independence exercises, with left hand on hi-hat and closing the hi-hat foot on different beats, while playing this New Orleans funk pattern. Paul loved what he was playing and built the song over top of this groove.