It’s easier to copy someone else than to find out how to avoid sounding like someone else.
More quotes by Ornette Coleman
Talk of God is most often in church. Is there a God outside of church? I hope so. But how should I know? How does anybody know?
I never thought about being famous or rich. I just thought, Oh, I’ll get a nice little girl and go and play every night, and I’d be happy. And that worked for a while. But the little girl’s mother didn’t trust a guy with a horn.
I think that those elements – light and sound – are beyond democratic. They’re into the creative part of life.
After I left Texas and went to California, I had a hard time getting anyone to play anything that I was writing, so I had to end up playing them myself. And that’s how I ended up just being a saxophone player.
Difference between sex and love? Well, you’re not always sure you’re in love. But when you’re having sex, there’s really no mistaking it.
More quotes about Music
In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.
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.
People couldn’t give an F about how many cars you got any more. It’s about the way the music sounds, where you’re going, the experience you’re going to hanging out with your friends, the type clothes that you’re wearing – all of that’s art.
Leo wanted me to be partners with him – for it to be the Fender guitar: the Les Paul Fender. When he approached me with the idea, he brought over a guitar and he gave it to me and I have it here. And I thought, if I’m gonna do this I’m going to go with the biggest company in the world: Gibson. Why should I fool around with some guy who is not a musician – I should go to the Gibson people.
Words are the children of reason and therefore can’t translate the feeling of Jazz because they’re not part of it.