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To speak about notation as the only way that you can
by Evan Parker

To speak about notation as the only way that you can
guarantee structure of course is already very suspect.
- Evan Parker

You know, the whole philosophy of ad hoc combinations
has its strengths and its weaknesses.
- Evan Parker

In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were
developed in order to test the theory about how long
particular elements could be,
as parts of so-called free improvisations.
- Evan Parker

I've been to the studio several times,
and it's not that I'm not happy with what I've got,
but each time I come away, I feel that I've learned
something that I want to work on.
- Evan Parker

 

But I think the record will actually come from tapes
that are not yet recorded.
- Evan Parker

There are many of these apparent philosophical paradoxes
or contradictions which don't concern me anymore.
- Evan Parker

I think the solo playing, the decision to start playing solo,
came out of having discovered what lay behind the doors
that that technique opened for me.
- Evan Parker

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Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution.
But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records
to understand the significance of the earlier records!
- Evan Parker

I think the voice does that perfectly adequately without
being imitated by other instruments.
- Evan Parker

If I think about the way I was drawn into the music,
it was much more by recordings than by live performances.
- Evan Parker

Improvisation is a compositional method.
- Evan Parker

So I'm looking to the saxophone as a resource which
has its own unique set of possibilities.
I'm looking to exploit them and develop them and have
the fullest range of possibilities of the saxophone be known.
- Evan Parker

So in the sense that we were all dealing with that freer approach,
yes, it was certainly one of the first contacts,
perhaps the first contact, when Peter came that summer.
So it's a very pivotal moment that is documented there.
- Evan Parker

There's an institution here called the National Sound Archive,
and there's a character who works there,
Paul Wilson.
He takes a very special interest in the history of
the music and advised Martin Davidson of the existence of these tapes.
- Evan Parker

I think the whole question of meaning in music is difficult
enough even if you hear me playing live right now in the same room!
What I mean and what you take from it may be two quite different things anyway.
- Evan Parker

Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts,
and several other rather well known English jazz musicians
had got their training by joining the Air Force,
which was a pretty standard way for people to get some
kind of musical education in those days.
- Evan Parker

Certain kinds of speed, flow, intensity,
density of attacks, density of interaction...
Music that concentrates on those qualities is,
I think, easier achieved by free improvisation between
people sharing a common attitude,
a common language.
- Evan Parker

The argument we always used to use was that keeping
records in the catalog was good for people that were coming new to the music,
but I think that was talking over a ten year or fifteen year time span.
- Evan Parker

A kind of synthesis, but with some elements that perhaps
you wouldn't have expected in advance.
I always like that when that happens,
when something comes that is more than the sum of the parts.
- Evan Parker

I think it's a great document of John Stevens' originality.
At that time he was already much more fully formed
in his conception than I was.
I was sort of struggling to keep up,
and sometimes it's pretty obvious.
- Evan Parker

It's not like, I don't know, if Madonna has a new record out,
then everybody from Bangkok to Birmingham knows what
its called and can buy it the same week.
But our stuff is not in that mass market.
- Evan Parker

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

What we speak becomes the house we live in.
- Hafiz

Actions speak louder than words.
- Proverb

It is the province of knowledge to speak,
and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.
- Lao Tzu

When angry, count to ten before you speak.
If very angry, count to one hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

When deeds speak, words are nothing.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Architecture should speak of its time and place,
but yearn for timelessness.
- Frank Gehry

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.
- Julia Morgan

Character is always known.
Thefts never enrich;
alms never impoverish;
murder will speak out of stone walls.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
- Thom Mayne

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

Keep silence for the most part,
and speak only when you must,
and then briefly.
- Epictetus

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The human brain starts working the moment you are born
and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
- George Jessel

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

It takes two to speak the truth:
one to speak, and another to hear.
- Henry David Thoreau

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak,
not the right to spend.
- Byron White

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

If the laws could speak for themselves,
they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
- Lord Halifax

Oh, if only God would give me some sign.
If He would just speak to me once. Anything.
One sentence. Two words. If He would just cough.
- the movie Love and Death

My buildings will be my legacy...
they will speak for me long after I'm gone.
- Julia Morgan

There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief ...
and unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.
- Daniel Barenboim

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,
than to speak and remove all doubt.
- sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or Samuel Johnson

Do not speak to me of rules.
This is war! This is not a game of cricket!
- from the movie The Bridge On The River Kwai

The only thing that I'd rather own than Windows is English,
because then I could charge you two hundred and forty-nine
dollars for the right to speak it.
- Scott McNealy

All are free to believe or not believe;
all are free to practice a faith or not.
But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief.
- Jeff Miller


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