It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.
More quotes by Ella Fitzgerald
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.
More quotes about Music
I’ve studied all my musical life, but learning is only good if you do something constructive with it.
I don’t do something because I think it’ll sell 30 million albums. I couldn’t care less if it sells just one.
Jazz music is a style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge.
Early on, I figured out that when the top of a guitar is vibrating and a string is vibrating, you’ve got a conflict. One of them has got to stop, and it can’t be the string, because that’s making the sound. So in 1934, I asked the Larson BrothersChicago instrument makersto build me a guitar with a half-inch-thick maple top and no f-holes. They thought I was crazy.
I think the one thing that I’ve learned is that you cannot predict what’s going to happen. You can’t sit back and try to figure out what people want or leave it up to them to decide. When we all started in this business we would dictate to the audience what was great and they picked up on that based on the fact that we believed that it was great. But that’s all changed. What’s happened in the last ten years or so because is that the technology now means that everyone with a computer can make music and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.
You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.