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John Coltrane Quotes and Sayings

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All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature,
and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.
- John Coltrane

You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.
- John Coltrane

I think I was first awakened to musical exploration
by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird.
It was through their work that I began to learn about
musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.
- John Coltrane

You can't stay the same.
If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change,
that's the way it works.
- Van Morrison

 

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

Why do you judge me as a musician, John? All I'm interested in is making money.
- Glenn Miller

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Any musician who can stop may be a musician,
but they're no artist.
If it's in your blood, it can't stop flowing.
- Paul Westerberg

The prime goal of an author is the same as a musician,
which is to emotionally connect with the reader in some way or another.
- Ken Hill

I'm having fun just being a musician as well as an artist at this point.
- Peabo Bryson

I really didn't intend to be a musician when I left Japan.
- Ikue Mori

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept.
No thank you.
The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid
verbalization whenever you can.
- Virgil Thomson

I suppose I would still be a communicator,
maybe a musician.
- Conrad Hall

I was never interested in singing in the church choir or in school.
I was more interested in becoming a musician.
- Cassandra Wilson

If you're a musician and an artist, you don't just stop.
- Siobhan Fahey

Music is an art form too.
Sometimes other forms of art can be inspiring to the musician.
- Ken Hill

I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer.
A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young...
he killed himself in the prime of his life.
- Gustav Mahler

Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than
owning a guitar makes you a musician.
- Jeff Cooper

A musician must make music, an artist must paint,
a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
- Abraham Maslow

I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still
learning and trying to do something every time out.
- Geddy Lee

No, I've heard over the years that it's nice for them
to see somebody who's like,
you know, a well-known successful musician who's Asian.
I've heard it from a few musicians, too.
- James Iha

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
- Benny Green

I like Flea, I like him as a musician.
- Ziggy Marley

I've never known a musician who regretted being one.
Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you,
music itself is not going to let you down.
- Virgil Thomson

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
- Louis Armstrong

It is rare that even a jazz musician finds an individual voice.
- David Baker

If I get an idea for a song, I have a melody for it.
I'm a musician first.
I'm not limited by the fretboard.
- Brad Paisley

I never really thought about becoming a professional musician.
- John Mayall

I knew nothing of the real life of a musician,
but I seemed to see myself standing in front of great crowds of people,
playing my accordion.
- Lawrence Welk

Every musician liked Peggy Lee, but not the general public.
- Mel Ferrer

There are things that I am very proud of and there
are things that you are not so proud of.
But I think that applies to any musician.
- Bill Wyman

He wasn't a great father.
He was a great musician.
That's always been a touchy one, and it will be until I can find the answer,
but I don't know if there is one.
- Julian Lennon

I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician.
One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange.
- Dizzy Gillespie

In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician.
He does some things which are just phenomenal.
- Lee Konitz

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music.
He understands how things go together.
For a chef, once you have that basis,
that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
- Charlie Trotter

I'm a compulsive musician, but it's also a bloody good
way out of having to do anything else.
- Alexis Korner

I don't know any musician who got to the top without hard work.
Take whoever you want.
They all work bloody hard, harder than you think.
- Gavin Rossdale

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business,
probably everything in all the United States or in
all of western civilization,
is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett

I've been able to make a good living as a musician,
but now it's time to do all the other stuff.
- Robyn Hitchcock

When I left the band I said Look, I am ready to move on.
I was interested in playing with some of the other
people that I had bee a studio musician with.
- John Sebastian

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity,
I was a traveler.
I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist,
and a musician.
All my life I've been traveling.
- Michelle Shocked

I've been around two years shy of 50 years doing what I do.
I am a musician.
- Frankie Avalon

No one else in our family was a professional musician
so this took an enormous leap of faith on their part.
- Tony Visconti

If we were all determined to play the first violin
we should never have an ensemble.
therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
- Robert Schumann

When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician
of some worth and substance.
- Freddie Mercury

And of course, the musician - if he's serious -
always answers: My last album is my best,
otherwise I wouldn't have done it.
- Klaus Schulze

I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians.
First of all, you have to be a musician in order to
make music with a synthesizer.
- Robert Moog

I'm not really one of those people who believes that
if you're a musician you can just leave that behind
and start getting into politics.
- Damon Albarn

The intentions of record companies are not good,
from the musician's perspective.
- Melissa Auf der Maur

My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist -
a painter,
a decorative painter.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

When I was a young musician, the only option available
to pursue secondary education in music was to attend
a classical conservatory.
- Billy Joel

Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader.
He does movie sound tracks.
- Norman Granz

I'm basically a musician.
- Tom Jenkinson

I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all.
You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and
you don't know where your money's coming from.
- James Taylor

Today a record producer is even more involved and is
often the production's sole musician,
one person playing all the instruments one-by-one.
- Tony Visconti

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New
York worked as a musician too,
but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
- Jim Jarmusch

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

I have always felt I was more accurately a Hard Rock musician.
- Geddy Lee

I don't really live like a musician myself.
I think music is just something that I do,
but I'd like to be doing lots of other things.
I like to cure all kinds of illness.
- Ornette Coleman

Christina Aguilera is an incredible musician and singer.
- Debbie Harry

The deeper I get into my life as a musician,
I'm discovering that it becomes less and less about other people,
and more about what I want to do.
And that's a good place to be.
- Billy Corgan

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery,
fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural,
there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
- Georges Bizet

He didn't want me to become a musician,
he wanted me to be a doctor, because he said singing was too hard.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

I think one of the great moments of my life was when
I could write musician on my passport.
- Jon Anderson

I am a Slavic musician and it is deeply inside of me.
- Miroslav Vitous

As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language,
so one Gypsy musician teaches the other.
They have never shown any need for notation.
- Franz Liszt

I was a nerd academically.
But I was also an athlete and a musician.
I never wanted to be shut out of any situation.
I think it was that more than anything.
- Brian McKnight

It's really hard to make a living as a musician.
It's almost impossible.
- Billy Joel

I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer.
I couldn't compete with real singers.
But I sing because the public buys it.
- Nat King Cole

You know, it's funny...
when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz.
Now when you're not making money, people think that
you're a good jazz musician.
- Pete Fountain

Eclecticism is the word.
Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out
of the styles around him,
I play by ear.
- Ralph Ellison


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