I think Wes Montgomery is the greatest jazz guitarist that ever lived.
Let your life be your music and let your music be your life.
Hard work is what keeps the ship moving.
If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you're playing rock, you use a pick. There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than that's just the way it has been.
Inspiration is one thing and you can't control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.
The belief that we are what the media says we are, what people perceive we are, is soon to be what we think we are. We are treated based on this warped perception. It is hard to get away from it.
James Brown is the reason I play guitar.
I consider myself a serious musician. Doing a comedy show does not take away from that in any way.
After a while I thought it didn't make any sense to use a pick. It's kind of like typing with one finger on each hand instead of using all your fingers.
Being as versatile as I am, I take offense to the notion that no serious musician would not be doing a late night talk show gig. One has to be open enough in other areas to be able to contribute to a show like this.
My love life doesn't stink; it's nonexistent.
It is hard for a black man to just be himself. We spend so much time in defense of something that is indefensible because there is nothing to defend.
I had the fortunate experience to play with people from different schools of music. Sam Rivers is from the fundamentalist school of music.
I love both my parents dearly.
I feel very honored to be playing with Bill Pierce. He's such a great musician.
My love life is like everyone else's - great, and then terrible.
I was playing violin for a long time, about 6 years. It takes a while. You need very patient people in your house when you have a violin.
I wish I could sing. I love singers, but I am way too shy. Scares the hell out of me.
I really worked with icons in the music business, which really had a strong effect on me. It wasn't just pick-up gigs.
The simple things in life ground me and keep me focused so Im able to do a good job with what is in front of me.
The worst part is doubt. When you doubt yourself, which we are taught to do, you get lost.
I can pay my rent now. I guess I could always do that, but now I can get an apartment with heat.
I am blessed to have Mom and Dad.
I really live a simple life and don't need very much to feel good and happy. Don't get me wrong; I believe you should get what you earn. Sometimes you have to fight for it.
I thought people cared about music in a deep way, so I was writing to that spirit in people and in myself. It was me, thinking I knew what was up. Youth, who else can change the world?
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