Jazz has endured because it doesn’t have a beginning or an ending. It’s a moment.
Nobody loves me, nobody seems to care.
Count Basie, Joe Williams
The other half of my heart beat.
Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.
You be surprised who you find in heaven and who in hell.
… a whole bunch of lies; but … lying from a master.
Saved? Saved from what? Life?
The most fun I’ve ever had with my cloths on.
on playing with Billy Eckstein, Bird and Diz also on the gig
I’m going to call myself on the phone and say, “Just shut up.”
Sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself.
A spiritual orgasm
Through Stockhausen I understood music as a process of elimination and addition. Like ‘yes’ only means something after you have said no.
If it’s not the truth, then it’s not the blues.
If I couldn’t cheat, I couldn’t eat.
Dissonance is our life in America.
It ain’t where you’re from that’s important, it’s where you going.
Art you think; music you feel.
Everybody wanted to be Miles Davis: no matter what instrument you played.
It was like someone put a bomb in your mouth: and light it.
The miners they cried
And the miners they moaned
To see what your greed
For money has done.
I feel like I been shot at and missed, shit at and hit.
To know yourself you have to know the past.
Every time Miles puts the horn to his lips it’s a great event.
The blues is when a man and a woman deceive one another through their love.
Soul of a poet, mind of a killer
Because love is the saddest thing
When it goes away.
Music become noise is anonymous —
music become noise has no form:
sewage-water music in which music is dying
Steal whatever you like, but I ain’t givin’ it away.
“Howdya do that?”
Our descendants will despise us for throwing away the best of our culture.
(Mr. Lomax, I wish I believed that our descendants would know what we threw away!)
You have a one-man conversation with the world for so long. You never hear anything you don’t want to hear. You can start believing any old nonsense and it is going to get to anyone after a while.
Apropos: Next time you go out for dinner, have a look around the table and if everyone is on your payroll, the chances are you have become a prick.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Music is like the center … of everything …
Music become noise
I’m tired of buying pork chops
To grease his fat lips
And he’d better find another place
To park his old hips.
He’s got to get it, bring it,
and put it right here
Or’n else he’s got to keep it out there.
Woody Guthrie is the greatest American song writer.
It’s your music: and you’re gonna lose it.
on young blacks and the blues
It’s fine that you are all deep into music. But there’s something deeper and if you would go deeper, if you go to the source of where the music is being made, you’ll find something even more interesting. At the source, everyone’s individual music is made. If you ask what the deep place is, it’s your own life and it’s knowing your own life, that own way that you live.
The reason that we use sounds is to get to the basics of the human life, of the human health and the strength.
If you got something good, keep it in your pocket!
Music: coherent in many dimensions
god is to everything what music is to sound.
The blues isn’t the blues. No: it’s the cure for the blues. It’s medicine.
There is no macroinformation more concentrated, more efficient, than music. Witness the blues.
The music is total; the sentience fractional.
Dance, like music, is counting, in patterns.
Isaac Asimov said, “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” I imagine any musician saying, Music is patterning emotion through your instrument. (Voice, fingers …)
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