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Old 04-07-2010, 07:22 PM
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Monica, thanks. Very interesting examples.

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The phrase probably predates Gadd. I believe it is military in it's origin. It means to not try to help something when it is already too late. Or to not ignore present danger and dive right into something.

It's sound advice like don't fry bacon naked.
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"A true master is full of compassion for those just starting out, for he knows the perils of the journey."
The inimitable Jim Blackley. Nice.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:17 AM
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John Bonham's intro for The Ocean.

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Old 06-04-2010, 02:26 AM
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"To be a drummer you also have to be a musician." - Ian Paice
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Louie Bellson once told the story of visiting Buddy Rich in the hospital a few days before he passed away. Apparently Buddy was visibly sick and depressed about the whole situation, so Louie tried to cheer him up.

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Smile Buddy you'll be up and cursing people in no time.

According to Louie this made Buddy smile.
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“Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.” - Max Roach
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He said:

Smile Buddy you'll be up and cursing people in no time.

According to Louie this made Buddy smile.
Love that one, Matt....thanks for sharing.

Funny, it actually made me a little sad.........What?? Me, sad?!?!? Perish the thought!

Still, it did remind me of what we've lost.

Great quote.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:44 PM
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"Take your time. It takes years to build the speed and chops that a lot of these guys have today. Thats why you're watching them TODAY. Because they started YEARS ago."

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Old 08-16-2010, 11:55 PM
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I think it was Duke Ellington that once said, "if you have a great band with a mediocre drummer, you have a mediocre band. If you have a mediocre band with a great drummer, you have a great band!"
Not from a drummer but from Neil Peart's book "Roadshow"...a young boy watches a great band on tv one evening and afterwards runs in to tell his mom, "when I grow up I wanna be a drummer!" To which the mom replied, "now honey, you know you can't do both!"
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"Drummers are not musicians"--about 1000 mothers to their engaged daughters.
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I think it was Duke Ellington that once said, "if you have a great band with a mediocre drummer, you have a mediocre band. If you have a mediocre band with a great drummer, you have a great band!"
Wasn't that Phil Collins?
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Swiss--Phil Collins might have used the "great drummer" quote, but I distinctly remember an older big band leader--I think it was Ellington--talking about drummers, in particular Gene Krupa and or Louis Bellson. If I'm wrong, sorry.
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I've always liked this quote by Jabo Starks, although he was paraphrasing what some more seasoned band members told him when he started to play professionally:

"They taught me: "I don't care what you play, I don't care how you play, I don't care if you don't ever play fancy, I don't care if you don't ever play the greatest solos in the world, all I want you to do is remember this: Play time. Play the time. Hold the time. You're the heartbeat. Once that time starts, you hold it right there. Whatever anybody else does, don't you go there. Make them come back to you."

This quote doesn't come from a drummer, but it relates to drumming, and I really like it. It's from Thelonius Monk:

"Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time."

Also from Monk:

"You got to dig it to dig it, you dig?
How true, I am always pointing out that everyone in the group is the rhythym section. Many I have played with don't get it, very frustrating.
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:09 AM
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This one may have been mentioned already as I assume it is quite popular. It may already be on this thread but I don't have the time to search the entire list.

Anyway,

At some point in Buddy's career, someone had asked Buddy Rich when he was going to get a bigger kit. His reply was, "As soon as I finish learning how to play this one."

The volumes that this speaks is staggering!!

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"I found that to really make money, you had to give up music. So I gave up money."
-Mel Lewis, quoted in Burt Korall, Drummin' Men: The Bebop Years
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:06 AM
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"Love every minute of it. Enjoy every minute. Appreciate it and try not to get carried away because it can be a short career."................. Topper Headon [The Clash]
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Check out the "Drummers Anthem" on Itunes. Its under my solo cd's and the name of the cd is "One beat off" you might get a kick out of it.
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'I told people I was a drummer before I even had a set, I was a mental drummer.' - Keith Moon of The Who

'We just ignore the rest of the world and concentrate on breaking Manchester 'coz we wanna be the biggest band in our street' - Reni of The Stone Roses

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It's sound advice like don't fry bacon naked.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:21 PM
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A man goes up to Buddy Rich, after a show, and ask him "how do you play SO fast?" Buddy takes his drum sticks and lift the right stick up and do a very slow beat, then he lift the left stick up and do a very slow beat with that one too.. and then he says: "like that... but faster"
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:34 PM
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When Buddy Rich was at the hospital to do his scheduled heart-operation (the one he died at..) he was asked if he was allergic to anything and he shall have said: " Yes.. Country music."
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Big one for me was from my one and only drum teacher (not sure if he had gotten it from anywhere): "Good enough, isn't."


This one is from when Brann Dailor filled out a survey for Meinl. The questionnaire asked what drumming meant to him, and he answered, "it means hit circles with pieces of wood in an orderly and fashionable manner." I like that.

According to that same questionnaire, Brann was born in the lost underwater city of Atlantis, and has been with Meinl since Lincoln was shot.
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I can answer a few of those Pol...... ;-)


Was Macarthur Park about a dying relationship or young people dying from smack ODs?
The former.


Was the "turn me on dead man" line in Revolution 9 meant to fan the flames of the Paul-is-dead rumour?
This is the infamous backwards message line - double entendre

Is the love in All You Need Is Love platonic, intimate, theistic or ...?
It was the Beatles' answer to Woodstock (and recording the song was the excuse why they couldn't be there)

Was All Along the Watchtower about the Counterculture coming to sweep away a hubristic Establishment?
We will not know until Bob releases the final verse of the song..... - revealing what happened when the 2 riders arrived?


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I really like this one from John Robinson is his interview with MD.
"Nowadays you could go find a plumber working on somebody's house and have him play drums for a minute and make him sound good."
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I've studied all my musical life, but learning is only good if you do something constructive with it.
-Tony Williams, the greatest drummer who's ever lived.
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I feel the need to bump this, so I will.
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I feel the need to bump this, so I will.
That's cool, but why not add to it? That way it'd be at the top again anyway.

Last post was only yesterday....it's not like the thread has been lost in the darkest depths of the Congo. :-)
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"I'm such a bad host, I haven't offered you anything! Do you want a pad?"
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"My names John Bonham, I'm a drummer and I'm potty about cars."

"Bollocks this for a game of soldiers"

John Henry Bonham.
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"Dude, just one of these days I'm going to get on a bus, and then when it stops I am going to get off. And I'm going to run, and run into the woods and never come back, and when I come back I am going to be the knife master!" -The Rev.
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"But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom."

"You only get better by playing."

-Buddy Rich

"Playing well with others is important - not being too flashy, just keeping good time and of course coming up with cool beats. A good snare drum, kick drum, high hat. Just getting good at the hand feet coordination."

-Chad Smith

"I've always liked Dennis Chambers, he's real flashy."

-Travis Barker


"What is the best music is impossible to define. Just because it's played by a virtuoso player, doesn't mean it's great music. It might not reflect the soul of a people, which is really my criteria for great music."

-Mickey Hart

"That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end."

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I love this one from Paul Motian:
There's a specific tempo that's stated in the very beginning, and that's already there. I don't have to force it on to everybody else and myself included. I don't have to enforce it. It's happening already. I don't have to do shit. I could have just stayed there and not played a fuckin' note. They're playing along, they're playing that speed, you know? And so, what I'm doing is trying to add some kind of music to that.
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Just digging around the site and found this cool thread. Here's a quote from a hand drummer that I think still very much applies to all drumming.

"Groove has a relationship to the whole area of trance, repetition, meditation and hypnosis. One view is that by repeating things beyond a certain point, the listener`s mind is forced to jump off to a new place. But rhythm goes very deep at instinctive level too, and has become increasingly an antidote for me to excess infomation. Losing myself in playing a hand drum gives me a route to shedding all the clutterings and clammerings of a world over-rich with media, and finding a more wholesome space."
~ James Asher

Also I've been searching for a quote I used to have about drumming/drummers. I'm not sure who it was by. It talks about all musicians having rhythm but that drummer's are the ones called upon to anchor this rhythm to the earth. Something along those lines, does anybody have or know of this?
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My drum teacher gave me one of my favorites:

"I can't teach this to you, you are going to have to catch it"

He was talking about groove and feel.
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From Tommy Clufetos:

It's that playing is not the only ingredient to a successful working career in music.

Tommy adds, "It's the showing up on time, getting along with people, having an upbeat attitude, and you must maintain a strong work ethic. You have to be willing to go to any length to be the best you can be."
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Could someone please make me feel really stupid by explaining the meaning of Steve Gadds "never pet a burning dog" quote?
I've heard it in business contexts before. For instance, if people are in a tense moment because they're trying to work out a specific problem and tempers are getting heated up, don't go in and throw in your two cents to stir the pot. In a musical sense, if the producer and the writer are going at it, chill out and do your job with cool professionalism.
That's my take.
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Thanks Spreggy.

I heard a great quote from the great drummer Winston Churchill

If you're going through Hell, keep going.
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Not a drummer, but still:

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"For me, that’s what’s so self-defeating about being in a band - that people tend to over-talk the situation. There’s no need to be a fucking method actor. If you trust the end result, and hopefully everyone in the band does, then it’ll work out. But I think sometimes they just don’t get it."
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I've heard it in business contexts before. For instance, if people are in a tense moment because they're trying to work out a specific problem and tempers are getting heated up, don't go in and throw in your two cents to stir the pot. In a musical sense, if the producer and the writer are going at it, chill out and do your job with cool professionalism.
That's my take.
I think I got a real answer to this never pet a burning dog thing. This makes the most sense out of anything I've seen so far. From Yahoo answers:

It means not to jump into a situation blindly, without assessing it thoroughly - otherwise you could get hurt or cause more damage.
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