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Drum Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Drum

Please enjoy these Drum Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Set Life's Rhythm with Your Heart-Drum
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Today is my day to paint in bold colors,
set today's rhythm with my heart-drum,
walk today's march with courage,
create today as my celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

March to the beat of your own drum.
- Proverb

 

I set today's life-rhythm with my heart-drum.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Part of Steve's job was to drum into us how important
what we were doing actually would be to the world.
- Andy Hertzfeld

It's been years and years and years I've been playing the drums,
and they're still a challenge.
I still enjoy using drumsticks and a snare drum.
- Charlie Watts

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I got heavily into the drum-and-bass scene,
which is really wicked.
- Ajay Naidu

Led Zeppelin was pretty much what made me pick up drum sticks.
- Jon Fishman

In the morning on Sunday, a drum is sounded at about 8 o'clock.
- William Brewster

What's really good is African drum music.
- Fiona Apple

There's a couple of tracks on the new record which
is sort of using similar sort of rhythms as the drum
and bass tracks but playing it all live.
It's a new approach to it.
- Tom Jenkinson

But I've gravitated more towards the drum set.
- John Otto

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery,
my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
- Charles Baudelaire

And on the war, I think my numbers would be a lot higher
if I were out there beating the drum for this war.
In fact, I don't think it, I know it.
But I can't be for the war.
- Chris Matthews

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs,
I became basically a singer.
I was a drummer who did a bit of singing,
and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
- Robert Wyatt

For better or worse, I've always tried to march to
my own drum and tell it like it is,
while preserving some integrity and style.
God, I'm fabulous!
- Michael Musto

There is no dogma that the organ or harmonium can be used in church,
but not the drum.
- Francis Arinze

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

When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines,
and I used to practice to that quite a bit,
just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.
- John Otto

I quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them.
I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove
over the drum set and we got into a fight.
- Steven Tyler

I don't like drum solos, to be honest with you,
but if anybody ever told me he didn't like Buddy Rich
I'd right away say go and see him,
at least the once.
- Charlie Watts

My drum sticks are in the "Hall of Fame."
I know that.
- Jimmy Carl Black

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back.
Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux

An uncle gave me a side drum and my mother decided I should have lessons.
- Humphrey Lyttelton

I remember in the early days when we played six nights
a week for a month and I was doing my long drum solo every night.
My hands were covered in blisters.
- John Bonham

We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves
be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door,
simply because he has a drum major's uniform on.
- Robert Benchley

I'm not going to do the Ben Harper house record or
the Ben Harper drum 'n' bass record.
- Ben Harper

I have a simple life.
I mean, you just give me a drum roll,
they announce my name, and I come out and sing.
In my job I have a contract that says I'm a singer.
So I sing.
- Tony Bennett

Sometimes I hear a drum groove in my head and I rush down to my studio.
- Billy Sherwood

Then I tried out for the Fontana High School drum line,
in Riverside, and I did really well.
I got second chair, and played snare in that drum line for three years.
- Travis Barker

You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
- Billy Higgins

I try to keep my ear to the streets without sacrificing who I am as an artist.
If a song needs a drum machine I'll use a drum machine.
If it needs a drummer, I'll use a real drummer.
- Teena Marie

Anytime I switch to another instrument,
I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so
that I can understand it better.
- Levon Helm

I can think of a lot better things to do with my hands
than to cut them up on the rim of a drum.
- Buddy Rich

Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else
asked me to program something for a project.
I really liked programming and I was really interested
in using the drum machine.
- Ikue Mori

In all the music that deals with experimental repetition,
drum and bass, dub, various kinds of house music,
there's always been a quality of atmosphere and ambience.
- Bill Laswell

I got tired of different drum sounds so you buy different
effects for more manipulation.
- Ikue Mori

I love the way Pharell is laying down great drum tracks.
He is a great drummer.
- Matt Cameron

Just the same way I'd say a prayer before going onstage,
taking that even further and using the drum to inspire people.
And using that as a vehicle for the intention.
- Rick Allen

But unfortunately, in my unrelenting drive to get back on that drum stool,
the major casualty in all of it was that I really forgot about me.
- Rick Allen

Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic.
It all depends on how you use the tools.
- Don Henley

Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas,
and I eventually destroyed it.
I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum.
Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other.
- Keith Thibodeaux

Nowadays I get complaints about long drum solos,
but in those days they wanted me to keep on going so
they could go over to the bar and have a drink.
- Aynsley Dunbar

Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo,
so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest.
- John Bonham

Once at the White House I was asked to conduct the Drum and Bugle Corp.
The man just handed me the baton and I finished the song.
It was great.
I got to keep the baton.
- Dom DeLuise

Come to think of it, the way I play is like a drum machine-
very mechanical.
- Ikue Mori

I'm super serious about that stuff.
I mean, it's rare that I sit down at a drum set when I'm not touring,
because we tour so much.
- Travis Barker

For live you need a microphone for the snare and the high hat,
the kick drum, a nice stereo overhead and one for the toms -
you can get away with using four mikes.
- Chad Smith

I never pursued Hollywood banging my drum,
because I was never in a film big enough to do that.
- Armand Assante

I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that.
I was never really into the percussion thing.
- John Otto

Every time I talk about this, I say:
when the singer is singing,
he must be respected, you must be able to hear what he's saying.
You can't put a trombone and a drum up there,
and a microphone on the drum, microphones on everybody.
You can't hear what he's saying.
- Compay Segundo

I am a relatively new Member to this Chamber,
and it is troublesome to me and I can tell Members
it is getting very troublesome to my constituents when
they hear this repeated consistent drum beat of a corruption
of the democratic process.
- Jay Inslee

I had wanted to play drums since the age of 9 when
I saw a drum set in the window of a music store for the first time.
We took lessons at a local music school and began playing
together after about 6-9 months of lessons.
- Jack Irons

I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play.
Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat,
and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you,
so I do that too.
So my snare tilts away from me.
- Travis Barker

That's the thing that we said about the horn before:
it's a focus issue.
It's like a singer versus a drummer.
If a drummer's playing a drum beat, and a singer starts singing,
what do you think the audience is going to do?
- Charlie Hunter

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

In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong,
so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance.
Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.
- Archie Shepp

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to
collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My place in Scotland is in the middle of nowhere,
so you've just got a keyboard, guitar,
a little drum machine and you know if you can work stuff out like that,
if you can hammer out songs that sound good just with
those three things and a voice,
you're on your way.
- Jay Kay

I learned how to play the drums.
When we were in pre-production, when we were still in LA,
I had a couple of drum lessons and then some in Toronto.
I got the one beat down and that was it.
- Mary-Kate Olsen

People say I play real loud.
I don't, actually.
I'm recorded loud and a lot of that is because we have good engineers.
Mick knows what a good drum sound is as well,
so that's part of the illusion really.
I can't play loud.
- Charlie Watts

I used to have friends come on tour and work as my drum tech,
but they get bummed out when I have to tell them what to do.
This time I'm just going to fly them out and let them hang.
It's all good.
- Travis Barker

Playing along with records is key.
And as far as equipment goes it has gotten so much
more affordable and the drum sets are of great quality.
I play Pearl; their Export Series is great for a beginner.
- Chad Smith

I've been playing with Blackwell over 20 years.
We used to play when I first went to Los Angeles.
Blackwell plays the drums as if he's playing a wind instrument.
Actually, he sounds more like a talking drum.
- Ornette Coleman

So I'll set a cycle in motion and pop it into record
and I'll lay down a drum pattern,
a bass line, a keyboard and guitar part,
and once the groove is going I launch into the song
and sing my song over the top.
- Thomas Dolby

Yeah, my drum programming especially is based on my
knowledge of playing a drum kit.
For the bass too, definitely.
It was the first thing that I translated any sort of ideas through.
It must have shaped it somehow.
- Tom Jenkinson

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.
- Buddy Rich

Drums all have their own particulars -
each drum has a place where they sound the best -
where they ring out and resonate the best,
and the head surface isn't too loose or too tight,
mainly so you get a good rebound off of the head.
- Chad Smith

I play a percussion instrument, not a musical saw;
it needs no amplification.
Where it's needed, they put a microphone in front of the bass drum.
But, I don't think it's necessary to play that way every night.
- Buddy Rich

I think at one time every drummer wanted to play like
Krupa or wanted to win a Gene Krupa drum contest.
This is the big inspiration for drummers and naturally
it has to be the same way for me.
- Buddy Rich


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