Born Sunday 26 May 1940, died Thursday 19 April 2012
You can either make it come around or you can't. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.
Well, somebody's got to sing. They won't hire you unless you sing.
We're all dealt with the same hand here, so to speak. I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people. I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.
We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.
There were no rules, other than that the song should sound good and be fun to play.
The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can. You can either get it to breathe or you can't.
The rock star stuff never came up for us. The Band was never attacked by groupies before, during or after any show that we ever played.
The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group, but we had a pretty good time while we did.
The crowd is just as important as the group. It takes everything to make it work.
The Band never really played big concert tours. We never sold millions and millions of albums.
My dad and I played music. He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home.
Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it.
Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it's hard for me to resist.
If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it.
If things are going slow, I'm itchy.
I've had all the lessons I could get. I've learned from everybody I've ever met.
I was in high school, trying to get out of high school. The only thing slowing me up was grades.
I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot. And I like the Yamaha people a lot too. They've been really nice to me and The Band.