I’m no expert, and maybe my fondness for the underdog is showing —
— but as I listen to Sirius XM’s new Beatles channel, I find Ringo’s drumming especially appealing.
Ringo does what great movie/theater designers and crew do: create the ambience and environment that let the stars appear at their best. In the Beatles’ case, the stars were the melodies and lyrics, and the performances thereof.
But Ringo does more. As a song progresses, and its melody and rhythm repeat over and over, Ringo tosses in inventive fills and other touches to keep the song fresh.
Since, as I said, I’m no expert, and maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about — but dang, I think Ringo was good.