I don’t try to please when I play. I try to cure.
More quotes by Ornette Coleman
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night, but differently each time.
The violin, the saxophone, the trumpet: Each makes a very different sound but the very same notes. That’s pretty heavy, you know ? Imagine how many different races make up the human race. I’m called colored, you’re called white, he’s called something else. We still got an asshole and a mouth. Pardon me.
More quotes about Music
I’ve sung a lot of emotional songs, but when you’re writing it’s very difficult to decide what to reveal.
It is this tendency to play with manic enthusiasm on every possible occasion that distinguishes the amateur Jazz musician from the professional.
I’m a fan first. I believed Duke Ellington when he said there’s no bad music, just some of it is presented badly. As a kid, hanging around Church Street, the presentation of music was so powerful, I couldn’t help but jump for joy. I had discovered art, or truth, or whatever you want to call it; I had seen a light I’d follow forever.
Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels and that’s too bad.
I write about moments, and I don’t make blanket statements about anything because no one has all the answers; nobody’s come up with a foolproof way to do anything when it comes to emotions.
I think I’ve tried to stay true to my music since the beginning. It’s kind of hard because of the access and technology but I just do what I do.
Just allow your feelings to go with the music and you’ll find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly.
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.
It seems like I always had to work harder than other people. Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales.