May is International Drum Month, and here are ten quotes from women drummers who know how to get people moving. As one of our esteemed musicians says below, the drums are a song’s backbone. So download these ladies’ works and stretch your fingers to tap out beats on the nearest tabletop. You should also check out the talented Nandi Bushell, who inspires drummers of all ages with her YouTube channel.
10 Quotes Women Drummers
“Don’t get too caught up in the typical ideas of what makes a good drummer. Those things are sort of unattainable, and they’re not always creatively your most useful things to know.” ~Janet Weiss
“The life of music is bigger than all of us.” ~Cindy Blackman
“I picked up a pair of sticks, and it was the most natural-feeling thing I’ve ever done.” ~Karen Carpenter
“It’s the emotion of it that hits me, more than anything technical.” ~Meg White
“We do it because we love to play music, and that’s what we’re all about.”
“I mean, all the record companies said no, you know, say ten record companies, whatever. But one said yes, and it took only one to make The Go-Go’s happened.” ~Gina Schock
“You have to really go through a journey of really connecting to other people’s voices before you can find your own. You have to be mentored and introduced to other people’s paths, and then you can choose to do what you want.” ~Terri Lyne Carrington
“The youth are very important to me, they’re the next generation, but I want to instill in kids, even in playing, that it’s never too late and there’s no right or wrong way to do anything.” ~Sheila E.
“Everything comes as a great surprise. I’m very thankful that I’m accepted as a girl drummer because, one time, there was no such thing.” ~Viola Smith
“The drums are what drives the whole thing. It’s the backbone of the song.”
“I love playing drums, and I love playing loud.” ~Kate Schellenbach
Compiled by Erin Prather Stafford
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