Books to help
connect with the music
- "Effortless Mastery", Kenny Werner.
- "Free Play, Improvisation in Life and Art",
- "The Inner Game of Music", Barry Green.
- "The Mastery of Music, Ten Pathways to true
Artistry", Barry Green.
- "The Perfect Wrong Note", Willaim Westney.
- "The Music Lesson", Victor Wooten.
- "Zen Guitar", Philip Toshio Sudo.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts,
your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come
out of your horn.
- Charlie Parker
If everyone liked what I did, I probably
wouldn't be playing anything of depth.
Fill a space with a beautiful thing.
- Joshua Redman
Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.
- Black Elk
I want to sing like birds sing. Not worrying who
hears or what they think.
...just to start at the beginning and let the
truth seep out, that's what I'll do...
- Jack Kerouac, "The Subterraneans"
Try to imagine the first musician. He was not
playing for an audience, or a market, or working
on his next recording, or working on his show, or
working on his image. He was playing out of need,
out of his need for the music.
- Keith Jarrett
The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What
else can we do? What else can you do for any one
but inspire them.
- Bob Dylan
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am
- my faith, my knowledge, my being.
- John Coltrane
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth
- Quincy Jones
Music isn't about standing still and being safe.
- Miles Davis
It's the group sound that's important, even when
you're playing a solo. You not only have to know
your own instrument, you must know the others and
how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.
- Oscar Peterson
Self-consciousness is the enemy of creativity.
- Author unknown
Don't be concerned with trying to move the
audience. Just move yourself and you will move the
- Karolina Strassmeyer
Complacency kills the spirit.
- Dave Liebman
I stopped painting because they wanted me to
paint like everybody else. I wanted to paint my
- Georgia O'Keefe
- Alfred Dow (This quote inspired Georgia O'Keeffe to
start painting again, in her own style.)
What the artist does is less important than what he
- Pablo Picasso
No happiness can come from outside; you must create
it in yourself.
- Ludwig von Beethoven
The future will belong to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.
- Paul Wellstone