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I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.

I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse.

I write as a sow piddles.

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound.

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.

If you want to be found, stand where the seeker seeks.

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.

In music the passions enjoy themselves.

In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side-there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornelles that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return. See quote detail

In the Negro melodies of America I find all that is needed for a great and noble school of music.

It calls in my spirits, composes my thoughts, delights my ear, recreates my mind, and so not only fits me for after business, but fills my heart, at the present, with pure and useful thoughts; so that when the music sounds the sweetliest in my ears, truth commonly flows the clearest into my mind.

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.

It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them.

Jazz came to America 300 years ago in chains.

Jazz is about the only form of art existing today in which there is freedom of the individual without the loss of group contact.

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.

Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.


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