Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.
The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve.
Once you're in a particular country, and you're surrounded by musicians who are so adept at traditional music, you suddenly realize how much there is to explore and digest and learn and experience.
Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.
Music is about communication... it isn't just something that maybe physically sounds good or orally sounds interesting; it's something far, far deeper than that.
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
I suppose I don't hear things, but I listen, if you know what I mean. And there is a big difference between hearing and listening. So it's like a conversation, you know. When you speak to someone, it's one on one, and that's exactly how I play.
I love out-of-the-way, rugged places. For me, holidays are about the experiences, and the people, and the memories, rather than sitting on a nice beach getting tanned. I try to plant myself where I am and embrace what is there in front of me.
I want to be able to say on my deathbed that I reached a few people. That would be very nice, just to be able to say that.
Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.
The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions that can be sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly, or sometimes sweet, sometimes as big as King Kong and so on. And so there can be a real riot out there, or it can be so refined.
I hope the seeds I have sown will be taken up by those who will follow me because the journey I have begun cannot be undertaken in isolation.
Percussion is physical, as most instruments are. The body must function well in order to play the instruments well. Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
As we live longer and healthier for longer, we need to keep ourselves busy... the diary is pretty full.
There are many collaborations I'd like to explore. One is to co-write a rap concerto with Eminem.
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