What makes someone great at what they do? I’ve been thinking about that while enjoying NPR’s daily feature this week on drums and drumming called Beat Week. Monday it was the funky drummers for James Brown, John “Jabo” Starks and Clyde Stubblefield. Tuesday was Neil Peart from the band Rush. Today it’s the beats used in Afro-Cuban Santeria ceremonies.
I can relate the most to Neil Peart. As a drummer, when I was a kid he’s who I wanted to grow up to be. That to me is one definition of greatness.
It will be fun to listen to the rest of NPRs Beat Week and hear about the other drummers and beats that planted the seeds for future generations.