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My eyes went blank, and I stared off,
by Al Jarreau

My eyes went blank, and I stared off,
and the music started.
It was raining, and the sun was shining at the same time,
and there were these big bay windows,
and there was the blue in the sky, and the sun on the trees,
and it was drizzling.
- Al Jarreau

We are just fanatics about using the technology to make it all wonderful.
We laughed at the fact that we were having such a great time working this way.
- Al Jarreau

I have been with the record company and Tommy was there
doing records with other people.
- Al Jarreau

More live recording.
I have missed the boat over my career by not doing
every second or third CD live because things happen
onstage that don't happen in the studio.
- Al Jarreau

 

I really do see it as the start of the second half of my career.
- Al Jarreau

I've thought about doing it as soon as it is possible
with this new CD getting some wings and getting out there.
I don't know how soon that will be.
- Al Jarreau

I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to
do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band
or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.
- Al Jarreau

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I don't know where we got the notion that God wants us to suffer.
Every living thing tends toward the good or we would
have been gone a long time ago.
- Al Jarreau

That's the way I try to live.
I think it's the only way for human beings at this
point in our evolution as souls,
where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.
- Al Jarreau

Al and Tommy and I sharing the biggest laugh because
it was predicted by everything we did in the first
three or four records in my career.
It was predicted in the grooves that we would be here
sometime later on down the road.
- Al Jarreau

Learn it well in your head, know it well,
pick things you know and bring the old you and all
the experience you have from singing these various
kinds of feelings that are still related to what I
have done in the rest of my career.
- Al Jarreau

That's Tommy, this great producer who comes in contact
with people and must have a mental library of personnel
who are great for this and great for that,
and he brought this whole group of musicians to the
project that I'd never worked with before.
- Al Jarreau

Once you discover that you can, then you must.
And it's not easy.
You have to take direct steps.
You really have to count your blessings and you have
to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues.
- Al Jarreau

These songs are old friends I have entertained myself
with when I'm washing the dishes,
driving to the store and walking down the aisles.
The ones that you sing when you're driving in the car
and as a singer you always go back to them.
- Al Jarreau

I'm really looking forward to it because it will give
me the opportunity to do the whole other kind of approach
to the music live that I haven't had a chance to do -
and I think is important for me to do.
- Al Jarreau

Obviously given good health, and a continuing audience
and a record company that allows me to do music.
So given those things yes, I'm introducing some new
music that people haven't really heard me do in quite this fashion.
- Al Jarreau

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that a flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Your eyes must not determine what you see. pay attention.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are those frightful things
you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
- Henry Ford

A Happy Day is a day I see all of life
with the eyes of compassion.
- Rory J. Corsiglia

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is our family?
We touch our full hearts and see ourselves
reflected whole in each other's eyes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A mentality of scarcity - of lack -
is the natural consequence of
viewing the world through eyes of fear.
In contrast, when the world is viewed
through eyes of love,
the future becomes unlimited.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let my soul smile through my heart
and my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Let today be a day to trust your own inner guidance,
a day to have faith that your steps are carrying you
in the direction you desire,
a day to keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Move to your heart, Breathe.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply - slowly -
fill your lungs with love and gratitude -
exhale each and every trouble -
again and again - gratitude in, troubles out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, I choose to create joy in my life.
Whatever my external circumstances,
I choose to see all of life through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Where there is an observatory and a telescope,
we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
- Henry David Thoreau

"Beginner Mind" is a Zen Buddhist term
that describes moving past our assumptions
of the nature of our life,
and really SEEING our surroundings -
especially the people we interact with -
with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look closely... See with new eyes...
Don't just pass by what is familiar without a thought.
Pay attention and look closely.
There is beauty - there is discovery -
there in a whole new world hiding
beneath the face of the familiar.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

Falling out of love is very enlightening.
For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
- Iris Murdoch

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We were given:
Two hands to hold.
Two legs to walk.
Two eyes to see.
Two ears to listen.
But why only one heart?
Because the other was given to someone else.
For us to find.
- Anonymous

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your
eyes when you awake in the morning.
- Carl Sandburg

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there.
Assemble yourself with wild things,
with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam.
Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes
and it will shine - Calling me.
For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.
- Jewel

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
- William Hazlitt

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise,
life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange -
my youth.
- Sara Teasdale

And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day
that ever my eyes did see.
- Donald Cargill

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes.
I have put my heart near your heart.
- Pope John XXIII

The self-assured believer is a greater sinner
in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever
- Soren Kierkegaard

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
- Jim Carrey

Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours,
I must look her straight in the eyes.
- Prince Charles

I am imagination.
I can see what the eyes cannot see.
I can hear what the ears cannot hear.
I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga


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