Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
More quotes by Charles Mingus
Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions.
I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is ’cause I’m changing all the time.
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?
More quotes about Music
I feel that Jazz improvisation is the ultimate. You have to create on the spot, the essence of this music.
I don’t think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues is sort of a mixed-up thing. You just have to feel it. Anything I do sing is part of my life.
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.
The expression of freedom that is Jazz improvisation mirrors the ethos of the best parts of society.
When you’re on stage you have a very strange knowledge of what the audience is. It isn’t exactly a sound – it’s a hum, like the streets.
I never stop being amazed by all the different ways of playing the guitar and making it deliver a message.