I was brought up in Florence, a beautiful medieval town whose rhythm is completely in antiquity.
Daddy says the world is a drum tight and hard and I told him I'm gonna beat out my own rhythm.
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr.
The focus of my playing is the groove, and every time I find a new rhythm, I find I can write a bunch of new songs. Learning how to dance, or drum, or to swing my body in a new way is the fundamental way I find a new riff. Because when you learn to swing your body in a new way, you begin to swing with your instrument differently.
Well we really meant you to visit Paris in May, but the rhythm required two syllables.
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.
Intimacy requires an ability to both merge and be separate, to come together and be apart, like oscillating on a giant swing from oneness to separateness, creating a constant rhythm.
Drums were my first instrument, my first love. I need rhythm, something that moves.
Fall Out Boy
I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues - the blues background was my big inspiration.
To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in thorough unison with the others in that particular group, and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament, rhythm or technique; she may phrase, accentuate or actually interpret differently.
It used to be called boogie-woogie, it used to be called blues, used to be called rhythm and blues...It's called rock now.