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If I were like a lot of other people,
by Branford Marsalis

If I were like a lot of other people,
then it wouldn't be fun; but since I'm like me,
it's okay.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons,
but the overviews are always too simplistic.
- Branford Marsalis

There's not one Tin Pan Alley song on my record.
- Branford Marsalis

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

 

If it's not going to sound like Terrapin Station,
what's the point of playing Terrapin Station?
- Branford Marsalis

When you're dealing with music without words,
titles are more a means of identification than anything else.
What's the point of getting lofty?
- Branford Marsalis

I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.
- Branford Marsalis

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It's something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
- Branford Marsalis

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene.
And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was
that there were too few groups.
- Branford Marsalis

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes.
You're out there predicting the future,
and no one believes you.
- Branford Marsalis

My dad was a musician, it was just what he did,
like another guy's dad drives a meat truck.
Our house was normal.
We weren't taken with the fact our dad was a musician.
- Branford Marsalis

I think that if you keep banging at the door all you
need is a little foothold,
a little tiny foothold, and then the rest will take care of itself.
- Branford Marsalis

Pop doesn't really look back.
It can't.
What makes pop work is simplicity.
- Branford Marsalis

I like to make records sound good.
I'm more like a reducer than a producer.
If an artist cannot produce themselves,
what's the point?
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews
that I've read is that the more popular successful
jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
- Branford Marsalis

It's hard to get into Newsweek because,
as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus,
if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
- Branford Marsalis

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that
it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
- Branford Marsalis

You hear it in your brain.
Whatever makes sense.
Some songs work well as quartet songs,
sometimes they don't.
- Branford Marsalis

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album.
That makes no sense.
- Branford Marsalis

A lot of musicians have a tough time hearing what we're doing in a trio format.
- Branford Marsalis

The whole point is, give me a break with the standards.
You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record
and they want to know which standards you're going to play.
I'm saying let's break the formula.
- Branford Marsalis

If you listen to a lot of the songs that are popular now,
there's very little melody in there.
People love the beat.
But to musicians, it's melody, because we understand
how elusive it is and how hard it is to hold.
- Branford Marsalis

If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians,
you can sign thousands.
If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation
that's based on the tradition of those standards,
but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so.
- Branford Marsalis

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who,
intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960.
And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s
spent their entire lives,
prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid.
- Branford Marsalis

The piano is the X factor.
People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there,
spelling it out.
It makes it more easily understood, particularly to
people who don't know as much about music.
- Branford Marsalis

Humans are imperfect.
That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble.
We're on the quest for the perfect performance and
every note has to be right.
Man, every note is not right in life.
- Branford Marsalis

We played it as long as we could play it on that CD
and I think it might be 50 minutes,
maybe.
What you have to do is play a couple of songs and then
get off the stage because everything that trails it sounds stupid.
- Branford Marsalis

I suspect that we might actually start selling some
records with these artists in about 10 years.
Some the people who invested, they're a little tight-because
it's a lot of money to start up a company.
- Branford Marsalis

The biggest problem with American music right now,
is that kids don't listen.
They come by it honestly, Americans don't listen anyway.
When people go to concerts, they say I'm going to see...
not, I'm going to hear.
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles
Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which
musicians were great for what situations.
He could always pick a band, and that was the thing
that separated him from everybody else.
- Branford Marsalis

There's a certain kind of motion and pacing that our music has,
and this just doesn't have that.
We just kind of rushed to the conclusion of most of the songs.
I just would've preferred to done them over.
- Branford Marsalis

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

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

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)


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