Murray - Questions and Answers
Where were you born and when did you discover
Virginia. There was always music in my house, especially since
my father played drums professionally and my mother played piano (at
home). Iíd say my parentís album collection was my first
introduction to music. Things like Blood Sweat & Tears,
The Beatles, James Brown, Buddy Rich and many more.
Musically who or what inspired you to play and who do you admire as
my father was my first inspiration. Every now and then he
would set up his drums in the house and I got to play on them.
His band even rehearsed there a couple of times. Later in life when
I discovered RUSH, Iíd say Neil Peart is my hero. Besides his
great lyrics, his precision on the drum kit is nothing short of
Do you have any formal training??? If so, where did you study and
who have you studied under?
ďformalĒ training I guess Iíve had is in band class from grade 6
through high school. I also took a year of piano lessons
somewhere during high school. Otherwise, the rest of my
ďtrainingĒ was from my dad and playing in various different bands
including playing in a few my dad played in when they needed a
drummer and he wasnít available.
How did you arrive at your current
be easy to tell from my previous answers. Of course my
father was the main reason. Other than that, I suppose the primal
emotional release you get from beating the crap out of something is
When you write/play what are you trying to do or say with your
For me, I
play a lot by feel. Just sensing the rhythms and where I feel
the music is going kind of comes natural to me. Iíve only
written one song, a long time ago. It was for my first
fiancťe. But that didnít work out and I havenít written
What other interests outside of music do you have or
Fiction and Fantasy books, movies or tv shows. Oh, and I play
a lot of poker.
What do you consider your greatest
house. (I know, lame right?)
What are your musical goals?
To me, my
main goal is to have fun. Other than that, maybe convince
myself to write something again.
Any words of advice to anyone, about
the small stuff. And almost everything is small stuff.
If you could have lunch with three people, living or dead who would
they be? Why?
(do I need to explain?), Jon Anderson (again, do I need to
explain?), My Mother (because I miss
If you were stranded on a deserted island what 5 albums would you
take with you?
Yes - Close
To The Edge
Rush - Hemispheres
Heart - Dreamboat Annie
Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full Of
Blues (I donít know why, but this album always picks me
If you could play another instrument what would it be?
I just love that low
Rapid fire questions, one word or short answer.
Favorite Song? Natural Science -
Drummer? Neil Peart
19. If you were to have any superpower what would it
20. Favorite Food? Peanut
Movie? Lord Of The Rings (all of
23. Favorite TV
Show? Big Bang
Actor/Actress? Samuel L.
27. Favorite place to
vacation? Atlantic City
(havenít been to Las Vegas yet though)
28. Motivational phase that you love? Too much of anything is not good for