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Listening is more important than anything else ...
by Carla Bley

Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is.
Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it.
It is sending and receiving.
- Carla Bley

I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out.
- Carla Bley

There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world,
and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
- Carla Bley

I write very slowly.
- Carla Bley

 

I got started when I was 3 years old because my father
was a music teacher and my lessons were free.
Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.
- Carla Bley

When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing,
you have 12 people to play the richest,
fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
- Carla Bley

It would be really hard to get serious about anything
political today unless it was a joke.
- Carla Bley

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I don't need much coaxing.
- Carla Bley

One performer whose band played my music better than
I could myself was Art Farmer.
He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.
- Carla Bley

Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad.
I wanted to be like that.
- Carla Bley

When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France.
I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
- Carla Bley

I still prefer the bebop of the '40s.
The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me.
I have come full circle.
- Carla Bley

I don't think you can ever regain your ignorance.
- Carla Bley

I don't enjoy traveling in America.
I don't like the food, the cars.
It is not exotic enough.
It all tastes a bit like airline food.
- Carla Bley

Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between.
There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it.
I am zeroing in on what I do best.
- Carla Bley

When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is
listen to records or listen to live music.
It isn't as though you go to a teacher.
You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
- Carla Bley

I just got to hear every note.
After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery.
In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen.
I was probably the world's best listener.
- Carla Bley

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was growing up listening to Queen.
Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
- Gary Cherone

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of ...
about me not listening to her, or something.
I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
- the movie Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you'd have preferred to talk.
- Doug Larson

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is
the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
- Pope Paul VI

Weather means more when you have a garden.
There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking
how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music,
and a lot of folk music.
- Katey Sagal

I loved my life, but my choices were overloading and overwhelming me.
Listening to inner feelings and fulfilling some of
these urges when they come along is incredibly important.
- Pamela Stephenson

With other people, you're always swapping music.
Somebody is always listening to something you've never heard.
It's a great way to hear all sorts of new things.
- Tracy Chapman

People in America, when listening to radio,
like to lean forward.
People in Britain like to lean back.
- Alistair Cooke

Right now I'm listening to a lot of different things
but I listen to a lot of classical music.
Eventually I would like to compose and perform classical.
- Ben Harper

Indeed - judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine.
No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals.
- Emma Thompson

I hadn't realized the number of people that are still
interested in listening to what I am doing,
people I would never know about if not for being online.
- Edgar Winter

I really like listening to music in my car.
- Aaron Neville

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.
- Joan Didion

Writers have to have a knack for listening.
I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.
- Jeanette Winterson

I have been training since 8th grade,
but it has to do with listening, more than practice.
- Jill Scott

When anyone tells me I can't do anything...
I'm just not listening any more.
- Florence Griffith Joyner

No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would
not wish put in the newspapers.
- Charles Spurgeon

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know
at least somebody's listening.
- Franklin P. Jones

Actually, I've had very little classical training,
although I love listening to classical music very much.
- Benny Green

I enjoy listening to opera at home, occasionally,
but I would much rather see it than just listen to it.
- Sam Waterston

For a child actor, it's a matter of listening,
reacting, and being able to put yourself in a new place without being scared.
- Jena Malone

Listening is the only way to entertain some folks.
- Kin Hubbard

I'm so glad this is the last day of these thing,
I get so tired of listening to my own voice.
- Catherine McCormack

Well lately I have listening to a lot of movie soundtracks.
- Mike Lowry

I like to listen.
I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.
Most people never listen.
- Ernest Hemingway

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel,
listening to it.
- Wynton Marsalis

All you have to know is mathematically how many times
to scratch it and when to let it go -
when certain things will enhance the record you're listening to.
- Grandmaster Flash

I was listening to all those lyrics and trying to take
in everything that was happening.
I was completely excited.
It was one of the greatest times that I had listening to music.
- Jay McShann

I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to
listening to New Kids on the Block.
- Alicia Keys

If you make listening and observation your occupation
you will gain much more than you can by talk.
- Robert Baden-Powell

I have the thermometer in my mouth and I am listening to it all the time.
- William Whitelaw

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now,
I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are
paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
- Andre Malraux

Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue
with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.
- Jane Goodall

At the moment I really love listening to the Dave Matthews Band.
- Nancy McKeon

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate,
I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my
ear closer to the wireless speaker.
- Seamus Heaney

I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.
- Robert Fripp

I don't care what anybody says about Ringo.
I cut my rock-n-roll teeth listening to him.
- Don Henley

Music is the most powerful thing on this earth,
and it's hard to be angry when you are listening to music.
- Jerry Reed

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction,
it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
- Simone Weil

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads
to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person.
In other words, to learn from the child,
we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
- Alice Miller

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums.
I love the new Pat Metheny album.
John Coltrane.
I still like good metal, though!
- Geezer Butler

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate.
It doesn't.
It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.
- Marilyn vos Savant


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