Re: Charlie Watts Dies at 80
Date: August 25, 2021 00:47
Let me say that Charlie has touched me in a way that only another drummer can understand. I have been playing the drums for 50 years. From the time I was 7, Charlie was one of my favorite drummers. When I was a kid, I used to play to Stones records. As I got older and started to play with bands, I started to understand how difficult it is to come up for something different in every song. When I listen back to the first 4 Rolling Stones records, I realize what a great blues feel Charlie had. Songs like; Confessing' the Blues, Heart of Stone, Look What You've Done, Cry To Me, Down the Road Apiece, It's all Over Now, Time is On My Side & so many more have such a great bluesy feel. Then you have a rock N Roll feel that he provided in songs such as; Mercy Mercy, The Last Time, Paint It Black, Get Off My Cloud, Satisfaction, Street Fighting Man, Brown Sugar, Bitch etc...Then we have the ballads; Wild Horses, Fool To Cry, You Got The Silver, Sister Morphine, If You Really Want To Be My Friend, Beast of Burden, The entire Side 2 of Tattoo You & So Many More. His playing on these songs taught me to develop a groove, and taught me that it's not all about fills and flash but groove when your playing honest Rock N Roll. Charlie's timing has always been compared to a Swiss Watch; and with good reason. Charlie had great timing and a great groove. What impressed me most about his playing was how he came up with something that fit every song. The Stones have covered many different styles of music during their career. Whether it was a hard driving beat for "Dance Lil Sister, or a pair of mallets on songs like 'Moonlight Mile" and " I Just Wanna See His Face, or a reggae beat on songs such as, "Cherry Oh Baby and "The Harder They Come" or Charlie's Mystery Drum on " Moon is Up "Charlie Watts always played what was appropriate for the song.
That is a talent in it of itself. Couple the ability to innovate with great timing and great groove, and you have yourself one great drummer.
Thank You Charlie, Thank You For Giving Me Drum Lessons and Joy over the last 50 Years.