Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move.— John Densmore
The most mind-blowing John Densmore quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
The first drum beat we all heard was our mother.
When an ensemble is really tight or playing as one, it's a transcendental experience. It is spiritual. It goes beyond the ensemble. Ray and I and Robby and Jim were pretty tight, musically and spiritually.
Fortunately, an extremely sexy, pixie-voiced blond named Ronnie Harran, who booked the Whisky, saw us...She had an ear for talent...the Whisky was finally a gig we could be proud of.
I was raised Catholic. I didn't appreciate the guilt and sin part of it.
Why is there such passion for any sort of gossipy, provocative sensual stuff? It sells!
In your twenties, everything makes you crazy.
When I wake up in the morning, I meditate immediately, before I even get out of bed.
If you're playing live, I like to think of the ensemble, whether it's the duet or a forty piece orchestra, as one person. And the entire audience, whether it's twelve people or twelve thousand at Madison Square Garden, is the other person. The two of you are going to dance together tonight.
The more the ensemble, the duet or the forty piece orchestra, plays as one person, the more it makes people dance, because you're back in the womb. You feel mom's heartbeat. It makes you move. It reminds you of that warm, groovy space you were in.
People forget that public people and celebrities, they too have to go to the bathroom and get divorced.
I don't play just one-two-three-four. I try to play melodies.
We have our own little heartbeat, too. We already have what I would call polyrhythms going on.
If an ensemble - I don't care if it's a duet or a forty-piece orchestra - the musicians, the two of them or the forty of them, are all trying to play as tight as possible, as one person. They're trying to play like they are one person.
I've been a longtime supporter of all sorts of environmental groups.
I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that.
Maybe what I mean by that is love.
Those who go ahead provide a little light into the unknown.
Being in a band is like polygamy without the sex.
I've been very blessed to make a living in stuff I love and am totally passionate about, music and writing. So I'm eager to see what the day will bring, how I will feed that passion.
Going first is courageous. I'm just talking on a spirit level now.