If it doesn't come from your heart, music just doesn't work.
New York, it was an adult portion. It was an adult dose. So it took a couple of trips to get into it. You just go in the first time and you get your ass kicked and you take off. As soon as it heals up, you come back and you try it again. Eventually, you fall right in love with it.
Songs don't wear out. Good songs are good now. If they were a comfort during those hard times in the past, they'll be a comfort in today's age.
Those bad times are important. They give you a chance to practice, listen, take stock, have a life, get your feet back on the ground, and maybe you'll live to tell the story.
The power of music just kinda kills all those ills; it cures everything and you’ve got more energy just from the music. And, I’ve never seen it fail. It’s good for ya; real good for ya.
If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out.
Music is the language of heaven.
The crowd is just as important as the group. It takes everything to make it work.
Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me.
We're all dealt with the same hand here, so to speak. I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people. I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.
I'm not in it for my health. I'm a musician and I wanna live the way I do.
I don't fool with a lot of things that I can't have fun with. There's not much reward in that.
I don't hear record companies coming up with any good ideas or suggestions. Historically, if it ain't their idea, it ain't no good, so you got that to contend with.
Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it.
Anytime I switch to another instrument, I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so that I can understand it better.
Good times don't last long sometimes.
Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it's hard for me to resist.
When I was younger, I used to drive up to a bunch of turkeys, roll down the window and say something. They'd all gobble back at once.
A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that I should get in the musicians' union. He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job, son.
Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs.
Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times.
With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.
You can either make it come around or you can't. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
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