Quotes ~ Drumming & Music

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  1. For us personally it’s a way for us to share our own thoughts about the world. It helps us show through music that all our problems are not needed, and that we can come together as people because we can come together to play music.”

-Mamady Keita on the power of drumming

  1. “The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed…which hasn’t gotten us anywhere – now’s the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants.”
    -Babatunde Olatunji
  2. “The rhythm is in your blood.”
    -African Proverb
  3. “Be patient with your drum, the night is long.”
    -Zimbabwean proverb
  4. “Rhythm is a heartbeat. It’s the first drum, a story in sound that reveals our imagination and celebrates our power. Rhythm is the multi-culti common ground of the human family.”
    -Tony Vacca
  5. “Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous”
    -Yehudi Menuhin
  6. “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”
    — Babatunde Olatunji
  7. “Rhythm and harmony enter most powerfully into the inner most part of the soul and lay forcible hands upon it, bearing grace with them, so making graceful him who is rightly trained.”
    – Plato
  8. “Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm.”
    -Baba Tunji
  9. “A good drummer listens as much as he plays.”
    -Indian Proverb

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Quotes From Drumming Master Babatunde Olatunji

I LOVE TO DRUM TO THIS BABATUNDE PHRASE: I AM THE DRUM…YOU ARE THE DRUM…WE ARE THE DRUM…BOOM BADA PA TA… (PAUSE & REPEAT) PLAY IT AS YOU SAY IT. GOOD STUFF, ALWAYS A GROUP FAVORITE.

“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm.” – Babatunde Olatunji

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” – Babatunde Olatunji

“I am that I am, I am beauty, I am peace, I am joy, I am one with Mother Earth. I am one with everyone within the reach of my voice. In this togetherness, we ask the divine intelligence to eradicate all negatives from our hearts, from our minds and from our actions. And so be it….ashe.” – Babatunde Olatunji

“The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed….which hasn’t gotten us anywhere – now’s the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants.” – Babatunde Olatunji

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“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” – Jules Combarieu

“Music is organized sound.”  ~Artdrum.com

“Music is patterns of sound and silence.”  ~Artdrum.com

“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” ~Plato

“Music is the best means we have of digesting time.” ~W.H. Auden

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

“Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below.” ~ Joseph Addison ~

“Music is the arithmetic of sounds
as optics is the geometry of light.” ~ Claude Debussy ~

“Music is the prophecy of what life is to be;
the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.” ~ Lydia M. Child

“Music is a universal language.  Where speech fails, then music begins.  It is the natural medium for the expression of our emotions – the art that expresses in tones our feelings which are too strong and deep to be expressed in words.” ~ Charles W. Landon ~

“Music is enough for a lifetime –
but a lifetime is not enough for music.” ~ Sergei Rachmaninoff

“Music is the language of the soul.” – Unknown
He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes

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“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in
rhythm.” ~ Babatunde Olatunji

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” ~ Babatunde Olatunji

“A good drummer listens as much as he plays.”
-Indian Proverb

“The rhythm is in your blood.” – African Proverb

“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm.” ~Babatunde Olatunji

“Rhythm and harmony enter most powerfully into the inner most part of the soul and lay forcible hands upon it, bearing grace with them, so making graceful him who is rightly trained.”  – Plato

“He who makes a mistake is still our friend;
He who lengthens or shortens a melody is still our friend;
But he who violates the rhythm unawares can never be our friend.”
-Arabian Proverb

“The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

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“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, or if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” – Confucius

“If you are able to discover your own keynote or chord and play it over gently to yourself, you will revive as if by magic. Your keynote can be ascertained by listening to some good music. When the note is played it will send a thrill right through you.” – Vera Stanley Alder

“Rhythm and harmony enter most powerfully into the inner most part of the soul and lay forcible hands upon it, bearing grace with them, so making graceful him who is rightly trained.”  – Plato

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Berthold Auerbach

“Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture.” ~Joseph Addison

“The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ~ Nikola Tesla

“There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.” – Montaigne

“I knew a very wise man who believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.”  – Andrew Fletcher, author and orator, (quote was recorded in Scottish Parliament in 1704)

“Music can be soothing or invigorating ennobling or vulgarizing, philosophical or orgiastic.  It has powers of evil as well as for good.” ~ Dr. Howard Hanson, Directory of the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American clergyman, brother of Harriet Beecher-Stowe

“Music making makes the elderly healthier…. There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons. (Human growth hormone is implicated in aches and pains.)” ~ Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999

“At that elusive moment when we transcend our ordinary performance and feel in harmony with something else—whether it’s a glorious sunset, inspiring music or another human being—our studies have shown that what we are really coming in sync with is ourselves. Not only do we feel more relaxed and at peace, but this entrained state increases our ability to perform well and offers numerous health benefits.” ~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin

“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm.” Babatunde Olatunjii

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” – William Congreve

“The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication.” – Oliver Sacks, Awakenings

“I think music in itself is healing.  It’s an explosive expression of humanity.  It’s something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ~ Nikola Tesla

“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.” — Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

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In the beginning, there was noise. Noise begat rhythm, and rhythm begat everything else. Mickey Hart
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Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are. Mickey Hart
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There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it. Mickey Hart
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Egyptian drumming happens to be a favorite of mine. It’s a really simple instrument, but it’s really difficult to play. You can take it anywhere with you – you can play it in your room, in an airport. It’s very quiet, so you explore the quiet side. Mickey Hart
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Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author Unknown

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes

Play the music, not the instrument. ~Author Unknown

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence. ~Robert Fripp

Music’s the medicine of the mind. ~John A. Logan

Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. ~Alphonse de Lamartine

Hug a musician. They never get to dance. ~Richard Niehoff

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. ~Jean Paul Richter