I’m… a rather simple person with a limited talent and perhaps a limited perspective.
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To the person who uses music as a medium for the expression of ideas, feelings, images, or what have you; anything which facilitates this expression is properly his instrument.
I say this because it’s a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to. You hear musicians playing with great fluidity and complete conception early on, and you don’t have that ability. I didn’t. I had to know what I was doing. And ultimately it turned out that these people weren’t able to carry their thing very far. I found myself being more attracted to artists who have developed through the years and become better and deeper musicians.I believe in things that are developed through hard work.
Its performing without any really set basis for the lines and the content as such emotionally or, specifically, musically. And if you sit down and contemplate what youre going to do, and take five hours to write five minutes of music, then its composed music. Therefore I would put it in the classical or serious, whatever you want to call it, written-music category. So theres composed music and theres jazz. And to me anybody that makes music using the process that we are using in Jazz, is playing Jazz.
More quotes about Music
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don’t have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.
I cringed when I heard myself described as a Jazz singer. I’ve always thought of myself as a Jazz vocalist.
We in the Western world suffer from too many categories and classes; weve forgotten that we all still have diapers on. Weve separated music from life.
By giving the public a rich and full melody, distinctly arranged and well played, all the time creating new tone colors and patterns, I feel we have a better chance of being successful. I want a kick to my band, but I don’t want the rhythm to hog the spotlight.
I am a writer – that is what I am before being a performer or musician. I love waking up in the morning and then going to sleep that night with something that did not exist.
Most of the soloists at Birdland had to wait for Parker’s next record in order to find out what to play next. What will they do now?
A movie and a stage show are two entirely different things. A picture, you can do anything you want. Change it, cut out a scene, put in a scene, take a scene out. They don’t do that on stage.
There’s always this sound out there that’s just a little beyond my reach and that just sort of keeps me going.