In the current issue of Modern Drummer, Omar Hakim talks about making music in wonderful, philosophical ways. For instance, in discussing melodies he says, "If I can sing them, that means I am connecting my heart to the intention."
Nowadays it seems like most discussion about music is very technical. It is about equipment, solos, song structure, etc. And I like to read about and discuss those topics as well. I can geek out on gear as well as anyone. But I thought it was cool to read about Hakim expressing his approach to music in almost ethereal ways. Because I do think that music stretches into that spectrum. It can connect with your soul, your emotions.
Hakim also has some great comments on going with the flow of the music. "I've almost always applied that concept to playing grooves, but also to being in the moment and just letting the moment unfold. I don't have to make it be something; I just have to be in it and then let it unfold, and energetically I start to feel that pulse." It's a great perspective.