I would say that a composer writes music to express and communicate and put down in permanent form certain thoughts, emotions and states of being. The resultant work of art should speak to the men and women of the artist’s own time with a directness and immediacy of communicative power that no previous art expression can give.
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It made no sense to ignore them and to continue writing as if they did not exist. I felt that it was worth the effort to see if I couldn’t say what I had to say in the simplest possible terms.
When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.
You may be sitting in a room reading this book. Imagine one note struck upon the piano. Immediately that one note is enough to change the atmosphere of the room – proving that the sound element in music is a powerful and mysterious agent, which it would be foolish to deride or belittle.
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.
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I’ve sung a lot of emotional songs, but when you’re writing it’s very difficult to decide what to reveal.
Whenever there’s a change with Jazz and its aesthetics, it’s almost always reflected with a change in the culture.
The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousnessI wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.