Above an entrance to the c. 1920 Newman Scoring Stage at 20th-Century Fox is a simple declaration set in large gold letter bas-relief:
“IN TIME AND IN TUNE”
The statement is a reminder to all musicians; but it is studio musicians for whom it has special relevance, because their very livelihood depends on exemplifying this goal!
Surely it is a simple maxim worthy to inspire any musician. I use the remark often to my violin students, also adding an important additional suggestion, “In Time, In Tune & In Tone” (stressing the importance of discipline of rhythm and tempo, impeccable intonation, and beauty/quality of sound).