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Lee Konitz Quotes and Sayings

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I have been able to get a small audience.
It's not the huge audience, but it's enough to make it possible to play.
I appreciate that.
- Lee Konitz

Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which
I think are great from all the periods.
- Lee Konitz

I always felt as a horn player, a jam session wasn't
satisfying enough for me.
I should have been a rhythm section player,
actually.
- Lee Konitz

A first love always occupies a special place.
- Lee Konitz

 

Labels don't mean anything to me.
I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to.
If they want to call that cool, that's fine.
Just spell the name right, is the formula.
- Lee Konitz

I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically.
- Lee Konitz

A lot of bands were doing remotes from ballrooms around the country.
- Lee Konitz

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

I hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane.
- Lee Konitz

I listen to classical music very much.
There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
- Lee Konitz

Names and theoretical things don't occur to me.
If they do, I'm not doing my real playing mode.
- Lee Konitz

Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player.
That's why I wanted the clarinet.
- Lee Konitz

I understood that if I wanted to work,
the saxophone was the main instrument.
The clarinet was what we call a double.
- Lee Konitz

I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor,
G seven, but I really don't want to know that.
I just want to know that there's a combination of notes that makes a sound.
- Lee Konitz

You just keep playing.
If someone special comes along and organizes it in a new way,
then you'll have another approach and everybody will
jump on it to try to learn.
- Lee Konitz

After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging
for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and
touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
- Lee Konitz

Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers.
I'm not saying one way is better than another.
- Lee Konitz

Most jazz players work out their solos,
at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
- Lee Konitz

It's very demanding to make up your own music.
- Lee Konitz

As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way,
there will be some jazz.
- Lee Konitz

Sound is the first thing that we tune into.
- Lee Konitz

We all learn from each other, and I never really hung
out with guys in that way,
so I missed out.
- Lee Konitz

Bernstein grew up in my building in New York.
He's a very, very fine player.
When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was
going on in the world of jazz.
- Lee Konitz

It was 100 percent music.
There was no ego involved, no attitudes,
no black and white, it was pure music.
- Lee Konitz

I'd like to feel that whatever I play is a result of whatever I've heard.
- Lee Konitz

I wish that person outside would stop coughing.
- Lee Konitz

I just completed a tour in Europe.
I played every night.
This requires traveling some days for six hours in
a van or a train or a car.
After six weeks of that, I checked into the hotel and just fell apart.
- Lee Konitz

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier PHOTO

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

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price.
May He be so to every one of us.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

Like a Butterfly, I have been Reborn
with Bold Colors and Strong Wings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world has always been in an uproar,
and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is admirable about those
who have been of great service to humanity
is not that they suffered in being of service,
but that they found their source of happiness
(joy if you prefer) in that service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Calvin Coolidge

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

You have not been abandoned.
You are never alone, except by your own choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your innermost core has always been pure.
Purity is intrinsic to you,
it cannot be taken away.
- Osho

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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