I listen to Bill Stewart play the drums and when I have finished doing that, I listen to Bill Stewart.
Plus I am being hounded by all the fabulous new drummers, Bill Stewart at the head of the pack.
You learn so much about music from all the people you surround yourself with - good, bad and indifferent. It's extremely hard to be specific.
My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
Drummers haven't managed to develop their individuality quite as well as guitarists have. We can be so focused on the nuts and bolts that we overlook the importance of individuality - the broader picture, if you will.
And we'd drink huge amounts of scotch and coke, which is a ghastly sweet drink... And now people don't drink nearly as much, for good reason. We're all a little wiser.
We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
If I was hearing something I couldn't do, I would figure out how to do it.
The piano is kind of my second instrument.
A rock band used to be four guys and a drummer. Now it's five guys sitting around reading manuals!
Entertainment is about telling everybody that everything is alright but music is on the side of the upsetters and that's where I'm at.
Holding on to some of your uniqueness is the trick instead of surrendering it at the Academy of Contemporary We're Gonna Make You a Star.
One of the great things about having good players in your band is that you just ask them questions. You can pick up some good information that way.
People come with expectations and as a bandleader I constantly try to remind the audience to leave its expectations in the lobby.
I don't really remember a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, really.
I didn't write any music at all, and then, I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying that there were two kinds of musicians: the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't.
At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy.
Sometimes I had to room with Tony Kaye and that was awful.
Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind, Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise, all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.
I practice at home, in between phone calls, and have much to do.
The best practice you can get is on the bandstand, but in between gigs I feel I have to stay in shape.
I seldom play in a trio, but acoustic music is likely to be lighter, quicker, and quieter.
We were from totally different social backgrounds. This is what is very hard for an American to understand, but we could have been five guys from Mars.
So I have the classic amateur's technique; I know some very tricky bits and I have large gaping holes.
And I like messing around in the engine room of music. Seeing what happens in the rhythm section area.
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