Stewart Copeland (b. 1952)

  • A collaborative artistic experience is a minefield.
  • Making music has gotten easier; selling it has gotten harder. Making music has been democratized, but the market is in the hands of fascists.
  • The great opera composers were so good at their job, that the whole genre came to be built around the concept of the composer’s vision.
  • In a film score, the last thing you want to do is take people out of the movie. The music is secondary. In opera, the music is the main event.
  • That whole thing of replicating what others do is a siren call. The sirens lure you to the rocks of unoriginality.
  • Drummers shouldn’t just think of themselves as drummers. If you’re going to be a musician, you should expand your horizons, compose things, and work with other instruments.
  • There’s no better way to liven up a dinner party than to dump on jazz.
  • There’s nothing wrong with opera that a new opera couldn’t fix.
  • Jimi [Hendrix] was Mitch Mitchell’s guitarist.
  • A teen-aged daughter that would be charmed by Mom writing her a chanson would be an anomaly in the cosmos.
  • It’s only music! There’s really no penalty for sucking.
  • Do NOT hit undo. Even the most random spranglings will contain gems that you won’t discern until later. Riotous abandon will become a habit and you will spill over with music.  Judge not! The best stuff is behind your conscious mind so let it be revealed!  Point yourself at your instrument and crank it out. Soon the genius within will reveal herself!
  • What happens when you play rock music to lions? When they’re on the outside and you’re in a cage? Well, they didn’t like my music very much, but they fancied me. Complete Philistines, those lions!
  • Rhythmatism is the study of patterns that weave the fabric of life.