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Billy Eckstine Quotes and Sayings

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Piano should be the one.
Yeah, because that's your basis.
Everything is right there in front of you.
- Billy Eckstine

I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.
- Billy Eckstine

I was still in school at the time and Cab was very
popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.
- Billy Eckstine

It was my band.
I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band.
Dizzy was the first musical director with the band.
Charlie Parker was in the band.
But, no, no, that was my band.
- Billy Eckstine

 

L.A.
is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck,
you know.
- Billy Eckstine

If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college.
But if you want to be a musician or such,
study your craft.
Study music.
- Billy Eckstine

You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
- Billy Eckstine

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I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business
so everything was bright to me.
I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.
- Billy Eckstine

When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things
while he was in the hospital.
- Billy Eckstine

I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch.
I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect
pitch can drive you crazy.
- Billy Eckstine

I'm used to hearing myself.
My own voice.
- Billy Eckstine

You know, times change and the elements change along with it.
The elements of success.
And my son's very successful.
He's doing very well.
And I have a younger daughter who sings.
- Billy Eckstine

Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record
and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000
people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.
- Billy Eckstine

It taught me something.
It taught you your craft.
- Billy Eckstine

Oh, yeah.
I know Dizzy.
For years he's been my buddy way, way,
way back.
Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the
most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.
- Billy Eckstine

My youngest daughter sings.
She's going to be very good.
She's graduated from Music School and she's been working
down around and getting her feet wet,
you know.
I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit,
but she's going to be all right.
- Billy Eckstine

I think a song that's got something to say.
I'm not much on gimmicks.
I never have been because they don't last.
But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it,
you know, that means something.
- Billy Eckstine

As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down.
I guess there's a reason that according to what the
Caucasian wanted us to look like.
He wanted us to look-if we were Black,
then he had his idea of what we look like.
- Billy Eckstine

Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame,
a tenor saxophonist.
Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and
he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there,
he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
- Billy Eckstine

I just went to Harvard a little while,
because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington
and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long
because I went into show business.
- Billy Eckstine

When you're playing music, say for instance,
you're playing a part of the band and you're looking at your music,
your horn is down into the stand.
This way, it's up and it goes right on out to the audience,
you know?
- Billy Eckstine

I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me.
None whatsoever.
The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter
brown than other people of my race,
maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
- Billy Eckstine

Well, first I studied piano.
I wasn't very satisfied because I though my teachers were dumb...
and repressive.
- Luc Ferrari

I don't like piano solos.
- Warren Zevon

All I need is a big surfboard and a piano.
- Dennis Wilson

That is basically me, and although I have done many things in my life -
conducting,
playing piano, and so on - what is fundamental is my being a composer.
- Morton Gould

And I definitely have an affinity with the piano.
- Jim Coleman

I get nervous when they start shooting piano players.
- Harry Nilsson

I also have a big love of classical music played on
piano because this is the environment I grew up in
my brother being one of the great masters in this world.
- Suzi Quatro

My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room,
and I just started writing my songs.
- Joan Armatrading

I went straight in.
Fade in, one...
whatever.
He's playing the piano in the radio station.
- Ronald Harwood

I used to play the piano in the band,
and so there's some horrendous scenes of me playing the keyboards.
- Caroline Corr

With my personal preparation at the piano,
I can afford to hum at half voice.
- Placido Domingo

It's part of what I do at my piano -
the hymns.
And then I write.
- Jessi Colter

Nearly all the synth work on Heathen is mine and some of the piano.
- David Bowie

My mother played piano so we always had music around the house.
- Johnny Winter

To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra.
- Cecil Taylor

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.
We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet,
a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
- Gyorgy Legeti

I do a so-called trip into myself: I sit down at the
piano and the melody might start to evolve from my
playing or then I might start to sing it.
- Enya

A lot of the songs are written on piano or guitar,
so I contribute, and I have done so since the beginning.
So it's been good to be involved completely musically as well.
- Caroline Corr

I have these big piano-playing hands.
I feel like I should be picking potatoes.
- Sandra Bullock

It won't be long before we'll be writing together again.
I just hope they have a decent piano up there.
- Frederick Loewe

In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant,
a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had.
That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing.
- Norah Jones

My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well,
even though people have said that I'm a natural musician.
- Ethel Merman

If I stopped writing and being at my piano,
I wouldn't know how to live.
It's your best friend.
- Jessi Colter

My grandmother played the piano, and I used to toddle
over there and pick out little things that sounded good to me.
- Billy Strayhorn

I think I love it more as I get older because I keep getting better on drums,
vibes and piano.
- Lionel Hampton

I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano,
I guess I would've been the biggest bum.
- Thelonious Monk

I would be happy at a piano bar, singing.
I just want to home in on being the best singer I can be.
- Debby Boone

I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion.
- Teena Marie

I also went to art school and learned to play a piano there,
but I play by ear.
- John Mayall

I had piano lessons when I was a kid,
like most people.
And hated them, like most people.
And quit, like most people.
- Carter Burwell

No other acoustic instrument can match the piano's expressive range,
and no electric instrument can match its mystery.
- Kenneth Miller

I play piano and trumpet.
I studied classical guitar.
- Mike Figgis

I'm quite proud of my piano playing.
Robin's never played a note on the piano at our recording sessions.
I just wish I could be appreciated musically now.
- Maurice Gibb

Piano playing is a dying art.
I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument
evoking an emotional and musical experience.
- Jon Bon Jovi

Guitar is great for a certain thing,
but a piano is so much more expansive.
- Mick Ralphs

I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.
- Jackson Browne

The first time I met Ray, I was going to school around
the corner from his house.
One day, he was playing the piano.
I eased up on the porch to listen to him.
- Billy Preston

I totally related to Cole Porter's magnetic pull to
any piano that was in the room,
which he was famous for doing, as was Gershwin.
You couldn't drag them away from a piano.
- Kevin Kline

If I hadn't been President of the United States,
I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
- Harry S. Truman

And I've played piano since I was little,
so I was originally the piano player in the band.
- Caroline Corr

I happen to be a guy who also plays the piano and sings,
so people automatically associate me with Billy Joel.
- Gavin DeGraw

I wanted to try to write songs on the piano to get a different flavor.
- Aimee Mann

The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.
- Andres Segovia

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel

My hands look terrible but I can do anything I want to do,
so, you know, I just think I'm playing all around with
more good taste and not dashing up and down the piano.
- Marian McPartland

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.
All I know about grammar is its power.
- Joan Didion

The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano.
- Steve Lacy

My dad didn't want me to play guitar.
He played piano, so I chose that.
And I ended up loving it.
- Gavin DeGraw


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