A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside… I’m going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.
More quotes by Ella Fitzgerald
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.
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.
The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story.
More quotes about Music
I got a chance to listen to and watch Thelonious Monk and his quartet play two shows a night, for six weeks. It was a great education. There was my university, man.
We made records to document ourselves, not to sell a lot of records. I still feel that way. I put out a record because I think it’s beautiful, not necessarily commercial.
Dance music-as I keep saying, you can dance to a windshield wiper a windshield wiper thats fairly steady gives you a beat and all you need is an out-of-tune playing Melancholy Baby and youve got dance music.
Art [Blakey] would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer.
Paint pictures with sound. First, find your white-the deepest, roundest sound you can play on the guitar. Then, find your black-which is the most extreme tonal difference from white you can play. Now, just pick the note where you’ve got white, pick it where you’ve got black, and then find all those colors in between. Get those colors down, and you’ll be able to express almost any emotion on the guitar.?
In order to complete your cycle, a musician needs to write; document what is going through your mind and where you are harmonically, theoretically, historically.
I can’t understand guys who just have to have your autograph. What do you do when you get home, take it out and look at it?
So until we see you again, bright moments and keep searchin’ for your mystery note on the universal piano of life.
The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It’s our great contribution to the arts.