The music we hear as teenagers is the music that becomes ours. I haven’t listened to a lot of new stuff. I know it exists. Last year with my granddaughter, she’s into electronic music. She educated me. It’s synthesizer based…resembles R&B with a synthesizer. The thing I find sort of sad about it is this sense of the beat…in a band with live musicians, it’s a shared responsibility…It’s a cooperative pulse that we’re all constantly aware of. Tapping our feet to it. Each of us has a responsibility for respecting that beat, keeping it steady, yet capable of slowing down or speeding up a little when the need for that overtakes us all. The beat is breathing, alive. It’s something we are creating together right there on the spot and in the spirit. We are co-parents of the beat.
I’m proud to say that I myself refused to ever use a drum machine or a click track on any recording session where I had something to say about it.