Tag Archives: Drumming

Neil Peart: A Musician is a Guy Who Gets Up in the Morning and Goes to Work

SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story for this interview excerpt. I remember the room Neil, Claudia Fish, and I were in for this interview. But I can’t connect it to a place (New York City?) or to the published interview. … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity – The Rich/Gruber Drumming Videos

SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story on this tape from my Freddie Gruber interview circa 1982. This excerpt is, for me, a great life lesson: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. When Freddie first mentioned a … Continue reading

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Hans Zimmer: Music is a Conversation

SKF: I love this trailer. Everything Hans Zimmer says about writing a film score is in sync with my concept of playing drums. Having a conversation. Bingo!

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Jim Gordon on Derek and the Dominos

SKF NOTE: When Jim Keltner called me at Modern Drummer to ask if we would be interested in interviewing his friend, Jim Gordon, the answer was an unequivocal yes. It was a time when we MD Editors felt, to an extent, … Continue reading

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Paul Motian: Time is There All the Time

SKF NOTE: My first awareness of Paul Motian — which might be different from when I first heard Paul Motian — was the opening song, Victoria, on his 1974 album Tribute. This haunting, beautiful song written by Paul Motian, is … Continue reading

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Byron Nicholai: Where I Come From is Very Important

SKF NOTE: This young man has his head screwed on straight. What a great story. Living in the outer reaches of Alaska, Byron Nicholai falls in love with his native drumming and song. Then, using modern telecommunications and social media, … Continue reading

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Michael Carvin: Motown is the Bebop of Rock

SKF NOTE: I hate sounding like a broken record (no pun intended), but for the sake of readers visiting Life Beyond the Cymbals for the first time: I conducted a series of backgrounder interviews in the early 1980s for a … Continue reading

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