Every time I listen back to solos of mine I'll hear something I like and then another phrase that I can't stand. You have to live with what you play. And the recording medium puts that on us. When I play live gigs I don't think so much like that.
To be creative and spontaneous, you have to live with imperfection.
As Eric Dolphy said 'Once you play the music, it's in the air. It's gone'. And that's true. But when you record it, it comes back to haunt you sometimes.
If you listen to a lot of music, it gradually seeps into your consciousness or your unconsciousness and comes out in your music.
Schlepping all of the equipment is the part I hate more than anything.
The sound and proper exercise of the imagination may be made to contribute to the cultivation of all that is virtuous and estimable in the human character.
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