So Phil Collins has been big in the news the past few weeks. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that the former Genesis drummer and mega-selling solo artist would be coming out of retirement. Fans rejoiced, and so did Internet trolls.
There's groove, and drums that range from Bozzio big to DeJohnette diminutive, but let's check out some simple playing. Here are five of my favorite drum fills, elements which fit outside of the song's beat and are not orchestrated with other instruments.
Genesis' new anthology, R-Kive, is an overview of the musical creativity of not only Genesis but it includes the works of each member of the band as well. Here Mike Rutherford explains how it came together.
Philip Bailey : "We just did a survey of the most popular holiday songs and then we thought about flipping a couple of Earth, Wind & Fire songs like 'Happy Feeling' into 'Happy Seasons' and 'September' into 'December.'"
From the Baby Boomers who experienced the British Invasion firsthand to the scores of alienated youth who found salvation in the sounds of Robert Smith's Fender Jazzmaster -- some of us owe our lives, for better or worse, to British rock guitar.
"I sort of buried the emotion of 'Mad World' under a whole heap of percussive synth, if you see what I'm saying. For me, it always worked as an up-tempo song. But the way that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did that is just straight to the jugular, it's just amazing."
Disney has had such a long winning streak with its animated comedies and musicals that it's almost possible to forgive the problems with Frozen, which opens in Los Angeles today and in wide release on Nov. 27.
Odds are, the word that pops into your mind when I mention Phil Collins is probably something like "Sussudio." It's highly unlikely that the first word you'd think of would be "Alamo," but that's about to change.