There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
More quotes by Duke Ellington
By and large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It’s not an occupation or profession, it’s a compulsion.
I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line.
More quotes about Music
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
We’re more popular than Jesus Christ now. I don’t know which will go first; rock and roll or Christianity.
I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can… But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
[In 1972] At the moment, we’re getting the same thrill from seeing the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Jo Jo Gunne, and Judee Sill happen It’s as hard to do it with Jackson Browne as it was to do it with Joni five years ago.
The blues was bleeding the same blood as me. The blues didn’t have to explain the mystery of pain that I felt; it was there in the songs and voices of singers like Lonnie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, in the cries of their guitars.
I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
Dizzy used to tell me I’m playing too hard. He’d say to not give everything. Miles told me that too.
On my album Here, that’s the first time that I’ve really understood how I could put all the things that were happening in the world and in my life and in our lives as just human beings into one body that was just so powerful and really had a perspective. That was an opening for me and I think that naturally, there is just so much to talk about. I don’t see me getting quiet anytime soon.