Indian music is very soulful and the only other school that develops improv to the high degree you find in Jazz.
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One very important thing I learned from Monk was his complete dedication to music. That was his reason for being alive. Nothing else mattered except music, really.
I learned to play guitar on my lying back while I was bed-ridden. I only thought to record the songs because sometimes I would I couldn’t remember what I had just done. Eventually I started singing, because I thought if I sang it that would help to remember even more. But I wasn’t trying to sing. And then one day-this is really weird -I just wrote a song. It came out at a rapid rate and I recorded it and I listened back to it and was like ‘Wow, it’s a tune’.
You don’t know what you like, you like what you know. In order to know what you like, you have to know everything.
I do the best I can with any instrument I get attracted to. But they’re just tools in order for you to express yourself and that’s really the upshot of it.
Music was our wife and we loved her. We stayed with her, clothed her and put diamond rings on her hands.
I’m too busy playing. When I’m playing I don’t pay attention to who’s listening. When I was listening I listened to symphony orchestras, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky. You don’t listen to one instrument; you listen to music.
I don’t do something because I think it’ll sell 30 million albums. I couldn’t care less if it sells just one.
I worked until I could play and do changes at any tempo in any key and said ‘What else is there?’ Now I’m finding out.