...that I wasn’t a very good drummer because all I do is play “four in the floor”. Four in the floor is when you play the kick drum on 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the snare on the 2 and 4. OK, I give, I’ve been playing drums for thirty nine years, much longer than he’s been alive, but I’m just gonna take his word for it, I suck. I ain’t got it right, ain't GONNA git it right and at this point in my life I should just give up,despite HOW many people move their asses when I play.
No, no, wait a minute…now that I think about it, I remember that time that I was cutting a track with Marti Jones, when Don Dixon (her husband/producer) put a metronome on the track after I was done recording it, sans click track. It was astonishing how the metronome, once set, never wavered from the beat on playback. I was as true as the setting the sun. And let’s see… that was about 21 years ago, so I’m pretty sure I haven’t gotten worse.
Look, Goddamn it! Number 1: I DO play other beats but it’s ridiculous to even go there, it ain’t about the damn stupid ass beats you play! It’s about the song, dumb dumb! Don’t play the drums, play the song! If the song wants to be driving and pumped up, maybe the four in the floor is exactly what it needs. If the song is sassy, swing that bitch! If it’s sad, drag it! Jeez! Rock stars! Get it together! It ain’t about you or me, it’s about the damn song! Fuck being a good drummer! LIVE the fuckin’ moment on your instrument, whatever it is…don’t act it!
That’s when it works!