Drum Quotes

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Drum Quotes

The drums tell me everything. Everything else registers a millisecond later.

Adam Clayton

He that beats the drum for the mad man to dance is no better than the mad man himself.

African Proverb

Untouched drums are silent.

African Proverb

Less glory is more liberty. When the drum is silent, reason sometimes speaks.

Albert Pike

Part of Steve’s job was to drum into us how important what we were doing actually would be to the world.

Andy Hertzfeld

In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.

Archie Shepp

The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.

Arthur Koestler

You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.

Billy Higgins

When you’re going for a joke, you’re stuck out there if it doesn’t work. There’s nowhere to go. You’ve done the drum role and the cymbal clash and you’re out on the end of the plank.

Bob Newhart

In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the Deathless.


But, I don’t think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can’t create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that’s written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom.

Buddy Rich

Drums all have their own particulars – each drum has a place where they sound the best – where they ring out and resonate the best, and the head surface isn’t too loose or too tight, mainly so you get a good rebound off of the head.

Chad Smith

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.

Charles Baudelaire

Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried.

Charles Wolfe

It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all.

Chet Baker

I enjoy playing the band as the band. I be the whole band and I’m playing the drums, I’m playing the guitar, I’m playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that.

Chick Corea

A good drum does not require hard beating.

Chinese Proverb

Beat your drum inside the house to spare the neighbors.

Chinese Proverb

There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.

Chinua Achebe

Whatever music you beat on your drum there is somebody who can dance to it.

Chinua Achebe

Strike up the drum and march courageously.

Christopher Marlowe

Secrets stolen from deep inside….the drum beats out of time.

Cyndi Lauper

My version of a stress dream is, really, showing up on a concert stage with a drum set and not knowing the chart.

Damien Chazelle

Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic. It all depends on how you use the tools.

Don Henley

There is no music unless the drum and the drummer are one.

E. E. Cummings

With big tin trumpet and little red drum, / Marching like soldiers, the children come! / It ‘s this way and that way they circle and file— / My! but that music of theirs is fine! / This way and that way, and after a while / They march straight into this heart of mine!

Eugene Field

It’s the things that you notice when you’re not actually with your instrument that, in fact, become so interesting, and that you – you want to explore, through this tiny tiny surface of a drum.

Evelyn Glennie

My favorite instrument is the snare drum. In Scotland, the snare drum is very prominent in Highland bands. The Scottish style of playing is in my blood. It’s a very powerful instrument, but it can also be soothing, like velvet. It’s a real challenge for composers.

Evelyn Glennie

What’s really good is African drum music.

Fiona Apple

If thine enemy offends thee, give his child a drum.

Fran Lebowitz

There is no dogma that the organ or harmonium can be used in church, but not the drum.

Francis Arinze

Over there, over there, / Send the word, send the word over there / That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming, / The drums rum-tumming everywhere. / So prepare, say a prayer, / Send the word, send the word to beware. / We’ll be over, we’re coming over / And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.

George M. Cohan

I’m inspired by anyone who’s honest in their own expression, people who truly beat to the rhythm of their own drum.

Gillian Zinser

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

The heart jungle drum beat finds its voice in love and matchsticks.

Isabel Yosito

O the drum! / There is some / Intonation in thy grum / Monotony of utterance that strikes the spirit dumb, / As we hear / Through the clear / And unclouded atmosphere, / Thy palpitating syllables roll in upon the ear!

James Whitcomb Riley

Black holes can bang against space-time as mallets on a drum and have a very characteristic song.

Janna Levin

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.

Jean Giraudoux

The sound of the drum drives out thought; for that very reason it is the most military of instruments.

Joseph Joubert

In the jungle, drums are newspapers, radio, telephone and Western Union all wrapped up in one.

Jungle Jim

You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing.

Kahlil Gibran

To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder.

Keith Moon

He who marches out of line hears another drum.

Ken Kesey

A big drum makes a big sound.

Korean Proverb

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.

Levon Helm

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.

Levon Helm

How can you not love a man banging on the drums? He knows how to keep a rhythm.

Malin Akerman

The harder they hit us, the louder we become, kind of like the skin on a drum.

Michael Franti

If you’ve got a problem, take it out on a drum.

Neil Peart

When Mr. Ludwig invented the bass-drum pedal, that’s what made the drum set possible.

Neil Peart

There are methods to creating a mayhem that sounds different from your usual mayhem. Because mayhem and a heavy drum backbeat end up sounding like Green Day or something. But if you put a different beat within it to create some air and lightness, the chaos comes through better.

Nick Cave

Alber Elbaz is just a genius. He’ll be in a dinner jacket and he doesn’t care what time of day it is: I love that about him. He just marches to the beat of his own drum.

Pharrell Williams

Anything that broadens your musicality always moves the way you write drum or guitar parts.

Philip Selway

The big drum only sounds well from afar.


Music is the beat of a drum that keeps time with our emotions.

Shannon L. Alder

Drum is the most seductive musical instrument. Its rhythm reminds us of our beating heart. Its sound clears our mind. We let go of our rational self. Drumstick up – the heart flutters. Drumstick down – the mind awakens.


Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.

Simon Sinek

Music is like a conversation. One person says one thing that speaks with a harmonica, with a bass, with a drum. They’re all conversating, and we’re just trying to find a way to make conversation rather than blah, blah, blah. But it’s not really so hard a thing to do if you know the way to approach it.

Stephen Marley

The golden rule of drums is hands clapping and feet tapping, and when you are in and out of consciousness, you can’t do that to best of your ability.

Steven Adler

He is as melancholy as an unbraced drum.

Susannah Centlivre

The insignificant, the empty, is usually the loud; and after the manner of a drum, is louder even because of its emptiness.

Thomas Carlyle

See, the conquering hero comes! / Sound the trumpets, beat the drums!

Thomas Morell

Life follows a rhythm and we hold the drum.

Tom Althouse

Like a drum my heart was beating, And your kiss was sweet as wine, But the joys of love are fleeting For Pierrot and Columbine.

Tom Springfield

When you write, it’s making a certain kind of music in your head. There’s a rhythm to it, a pulse, and on the whole, I’m writing to that drum rather than the psychological process.

Tom Stoppard

The drums are about gravity. Your hand naturally falls down on the drums as you hit them.

Tommy Lee

The quad toms are a completely different animal than the standard drum set/trap kit. Playing wise and stylistically, they are two different beasts.

Tommy Lee

A drummer is never late nor is he early he hits his count precisely when he means to.


The drum is surely the lord of music, is it not?

Xun Zi

The day the drum begins to beat the drummer is the day he should seek another employment.

Yoruga Proverb

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