I asked my mother could I have an instrument. She said, ‘Well if you go out and save your money.’ So I went and got – I made me a shine box. I went out and started shining shoes, and I’d bring whatever I made.
More quotes by Ornette Coleman
Even when you write it, someone’s got to play it. So if you can play it and bypass all the rest of the things, you’re still doing as great as someone that has spent forty years trying to find out how to do that. I’m really pro-human beings, pro-expression of everything.
I think that those elements – light and sound – are beyond democratic. They’re into the creative part of life.
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.
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Jazz is the assassination, the murdering, the slaying of syncopation. I would even go so far as to confess that we are musical anarchists.
I’m an experimenter. It’s rich because every album I’ve done, except for a couple of techno-y records, are different. Really you’ve got to hand it to the Fender Strat, because there are songs in that guitar. It’s a tool of great inspiration and torture at the same time because it’s forever sitting there challenging you to find something else in it, but it is there if you really search.
We in the Western world suffer from too many categories and classes; weve forgotten that we all still have diapers on. Weve separated music from life.
An artist should write for himself and not for an audience. If the audience likes it, great. If not, they can keep away.
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.
I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
I don’t do something because I think it’ll sell 30 million albums. I couldn’t care less if it sells just one.