Even on the drum level, it’s all about stating your theme, going back to certain things that need to be emphasized, not doing fills for the sake of doing fills.

– John Otto


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“daddy says the world is
a drum tight and hard
and i told him
i’m gonna beat
out my own rhythm”
― Nikki Giovanni

The fact is, there are no rules and there never were any rules, and there never will be any rules of musical composition except rules of thumb; and thumbs vary in length, like ears.

– George Bernard Shaw Music in London,1890^1894.

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God and your heart both whisper – incline your ear – don’t just learn from your head…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain