You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.
More quotes by Billie Holiday
Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you – and kill you the long, slow, hard way.
You can’t copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, you’re working without any real feeling.
You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave.
More quotes about Music
If a Jazz musician plays someone else’s song, he has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.
The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story.
By and large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
I just think swing is a matter of some good things put together that you can really pat your foot by. I can’t define it beyond that.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
What don’t I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain’t nobody here saying, ‘You’d better learn this.’ But I still think I’ve got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.
Now I need to take a piece of wood and make it sound like the railroad track, but I also had to make it beautiful and lovable so that a person playing it would think of it in terms of his mistress, a bartender, his wife, a good psychiatrist – whatever.