After a recent post about drum sounds in The Boxer, I was thinking that remarkable drumming is something we might not have discussed for several weeks. There was one a while ago about drum fills, but in this case you need to imagine me as TV’s Lionel Blair drawing a circle in the air. Yes, that’s right -(he’s touching himself and pointing to you because you’ve got it!)- I’m talking about the whole thing.
And now – just now! – this remarkable Missy Elliot song appears on the film (called Vivo) the family are watching. I instantly love it. I hope we all agree by now that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius but this is brilliant not just for aggressive drums but how the lyric rolls so beautifully. If you have seen Hamilton you will know how skilful he is at this kind of thing – speaking simple words in a rhythmic and natural way.
And back to Paul Simon – The Obvious Child drums are wonderful too. Ringo on Tomorrow Never Knows – bloody amazing.
So let’s hear it for the drum track. What songs should we be aware of that owe everything to the man at the back (or the man at the front or you’re the “Sky High” hitmakers, Jigsaw!).