I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
Nat King Cole
More quotes by Nat King Cole
I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
I can’t bear to see myself even in movies. The feeling is complex. I can’t stand the sight of myself.
For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.
I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
More quotes about Music
When I achieved what I thought the musicians were trying to do, the sound sort of bloomed. When it’s right, everything is beautiful.
Nobody has ever been able to define Jazz satisfactorily. This is probably because anyone who was capable of doing so never really wanted to, knowing how much you would have to leave out of the definition.
In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds.
I wanted something very dense, something that would sustain long and more pieces of wood that would be soft, sweet, for more of a mellow sound.
You can’t listen to what people who aren’t musical have to say. When Anytime was released, I had bad reviews, and at first I was hurt. Your songs are like your children. You don’t want to hear, ‘Your kid is ugly.’ But I knew the record was good and it would sell.
It is great to have your own label; you can cultivate your own artists… I’ve worked with pretty much everyone I wanted to.
You’ve heard me call myself a bluesman and a blues singer. I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man. Well, that’s because there’s been so many can do it better’n I can, play the blues better’n me. I think a lot of them have told me things, taught me things.
If my own work had more importance than any others, it’s because the piano is the key instrument in music.
I used to play pianos in bars. You know in hotels, you’d see guys playing piano with a snifter? That was me, with a painted-on mustache. I was about 15.
I’m more careful about my hands than about what I eat and most anything else, because my hands have been my living. My hands have been able to help me learn. My hands have taken me around the world. So I’m very proud of my hands.