I’m diggin’ on Mick Fleetwood’s bio.
For those who don’t know, Mick Fleetwood is the drummer for the band, Fleetwood Mac.
I’m not even a full chapter in it, and already I picked up a tasty songwriter’s treat for ya.
Seems in the early days Mick was at a gig, and he got a bit of the shakes because then 18-year old Jeff Porcaro, drummer for Toto was side stage glarin’ him down.
Jeff was like this really schooled drummer, a session drummer. Session players are the best of the best.
And, old Mick was shakin’ in his boots because Jeff was just staring at him. Mick, he’s just a good ole boy rock drummer. And, he was feelin’ a little sheepish getting the eye by Jeff.
Well, it had to happen.
At a break Jeff came runnin’ over and said…
“Okay, I give.”
Mick is like… “What?”
“I give. I’ve been watchign you and watching you. And I can’t figure out what you are doing that sounds so great.”
Mick was dumified. He thought this kid was laughing behind the eyes at how he played, instead he was envying it.
Don’t make assumptions about you’re writing or playing, and what you think other people think. Just boldly be who you are.
Something in Springsteen’s book mirrored this, but I won’t go into that now.
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