It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
For me, being an innovator doesn't mean being more intelligent, more rich, it's not a word, it's an action.
We in the Western world suffer from too many categories and classes; we've forgotten that we all still have diapers on. We've separated music from life.
I have often read critical pieces where the critic said that what the composer was trying to do didn't come off. I have wondered what the critic meant if he didn't know what the composer was trying to do.
That's what I was trying to say when we were talking about sound. I think that every person, whether they play music or don't play music, has a sound - their own sound, that thing that you're talking about.
Music has many uses and I think the most perfected use that music has is one of a healing quality.
Whatever you do, it's over when you do it - but first you have to do it.
You don't have to worry about being a number one, number two, or number three. Numbers don't have anything to do with placement. Numbers only have something to do with repetition.
Most of my relationships have been like that - with record companies. I've never had a legitimate business relationship with a company. I've always had a personal relationship with someone in the company.
The only thing my mother would say about my music-I'd say, "Mom, listen to this," and she'd say, "Junior, I know who you are.
I think that those elements - light and sound - are beyond democratic. They're into the creative part of life.
The idea is more important than the style you're playing in.
I don't really live like a musician myself. I think music is just something that I do, but I'd like to be doing lots of other things. I like to cure all kinds of illness.
I wasn't so interested in being paid. I wanted to be heard. That's why I'm broke.
When I have them working together, it's like a beautiful kaleidoscope.
I don't try to please when I play. I try to cure.
I would like to play for audiences who are not using my music to stimulate their sex organs.
Harmelody allows everybody to be an individual who does not have to imitate anybody else.
Jerry Garcia was one of the original American icons. He played naturally and beautifully.
Sound has no parents.
It seems the activity of expressing sound to do with music has just started blooming - and because of that, the beginners feel like they're professionals, and the professionals feel like they are beginners, which is very healthy.
Only America makes you feel that everybody wants to be like you. That's what success is: Everybody wants to be like you.
Making music is like a form of religion for me, because it soothes your heart and increases the pleasure of your brain. Most of all, it's very enjoyable to express something that you can only hear and not see, which is not bad.
Originally, I wanted to be a composer. I always tell people, 'I think of myself as a composer.
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