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Ornette Coleman Quotes and Sayings

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I decided, if I'm going to be poor and black and all,
the least thing I'm going to do is to try and find out who I am.
I created everything about me.
- Ornette Coleman

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that
I knew I was on to something.
- Ornette Coleman

Originally, I wanted to be a composer.
I always tell people, 'I think of myself as a composer.'
- Ornette Coleman

To me, human existence exists on a multiple level,
not just on a two-dimensional level,
not just having to be identified with what you do and what you say.
- Ornette Coleman

 

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

I mean, if you decided to go out today and get you
an instrument and do whatever it is that you do,
no one can tell you how you're going to do it but when you do it.
- Ornette Coleman

You don't have to worry about being a number one,
number two, or number three.
Numbers don't have anything to do with placement.
Numbers only have something to do with repetition.
- Ornette Coleman

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Actually, I have another record I made with them in 1976,
but I've had such a bad experience with record companies,
because I keep my head so much in music and not in business.
- Ornette Coleman

If you decide you want to be treated good,
and you treat someone else good, or you want to learn something,
it's information.
It's getting the right, good information.
- Ornette Coleman

So, for instance, if you came to me,
I'd ask,'Do you want to write? Do you want to improvise?
Why do you want to play this instrument? What do you want to do?'
- Ornette Coleman

I think that those elements - light and sound -
are beyond democratic.
They're into the creative part of life.
- Ornette Coleman

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be
played night after night but differently each time.
- Ornette Coleman

That's why I haven't been so anxious.
But now, lots of people write and say,
'I want to find out what you're doing.'
So I know that this book will enlighten them.
- Ornette Coleman

You've got to realize.
In the western world, regardless of what color you are,
what title the music is, it's all played by the same notes.
- Ornette Coleman

It's just someone has labelled us as having a different label to do what you do.
I find that labels are the worst thing in the world for artistic expression.
- Ornette Coleman

I had a really good time in New Orleans,
although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge.
Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away.
'Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles.
- Ornette Coleman

After I left Texas and went to California,
I had a hard time getting anyone to play anything that I was writing,
so I had to end up playing them myself.
And that's how I ended up just being a saxophone player.
- Ornette Coleman

It seems to me that in the western world,
culture has something to do with appearance.
A person that's out creating good stuff has got to
appreciate someone when they take the time to have
an appearance that goes with what they're doing.
- Ornette Coleman

I remember once I read a book on mental illness and
there was a nurse that had gotten sick.
Do you know what she died from? From worrying about
the mental patients not being able to get their food.
She became a mental patient.
- Ornette Coleman

I've had those people very interested in my writing.
Since I think of myself as a composer,
I feel really good.
I've had lots of guys call me up.
I've gotten two or three commissions to write things.
I've written lots of movie scores.
- Ornette Coleman

I've been playing with Blackwell over 20 years.
We used to play when I first went to Los Angeles.
Blackwell plays the drums as if he's playing a wind instrument.
Actually, he sounds more like a talking drum.
- Ornette Coleman

All the things that human beings suffer from are how
their environment treats them,
and how the elements of their planet affects their mind and body -
like radiation,
cancer, and all.
- Ornette Coleman

I've never had a relationship with a record executive.
I always went to the record company by someone that liked my playing.
Then they would get fired, and I'd be left with the record company.
And then - because they got fired - the record company
wouldn't do anything for me.
- Ornette Coleman

Even when you write it, someone's got to play it.
So if you can play it and bypass all the rest of the things,
you're still doing as great as someone that has spent
forty years trying to find out how to do that.
I'm really pro-human beings, pro-expression of everything.
- Ornette Coleman

No one has to learn to spell to talk,
right? You see a little kid holding a conversation with an adult.
He probably doesn't know the words he's saying,
but he knows where to fit them to make what he's thinking
logical to what you're saying.
- Ornette Coleman

That's what I was trying to say when we were talking about sound.
I think that every person, whether they play music or don't play music,
has a sound - their own sound, that thing that you're talking about.
- Ornette Coleman

Actually, when I was in elementary school,
I saw a saxophone.
A band came to my school, and I saw this guy get up and play this solo.
And I said, 'Oh man, what is that!
That must be fantastic!'
- Ornette Coleman

Most of my relationships have been like that -
with record companies.
I've never had a legitimate business relationship with a company.
I've always had a personal relationship with someone in the company.
- Ornette Coleman

It just makes that person feel that what his work is
is going to be more valid.
But who wants to see a guy standing in front,
looking like a bum, doing something that a bums don't
do? This don't make sense.
- Ornette Coleman

I remember once, we got an interview,
and he said, 'Dad, these people are writing about me like I'm an adult.
Don't they know I'm a kid?' I have never tried to encourage
him to get a music image like other musicians have.
- Ornette Coleman

I'm having this conversation with you now.
I'm talking, but I'm thinking, feeling,
smelling, and moving.
Yet I'm concentrating on what you're saying.
So that means there's more things going on in the body
than just the present thing that the person's got you doing.
- Ornette Coleman

I asked my mother could I have an instrument.
She said, 'Well if you go out and save your money.'
So I went and got -
I made me a shine box.
I went out and started shining shoes,
and I'd bring whatever I made.
- Ornette Coleman

I don't know what they're thinking about.
Just because someone says, 'I like what you do' or something:
They might like it today and tomorrow they might not.
I've had that experience with record companies.
- Ornette Coleman

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because
I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead.
and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
- Elie Wiesel

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.
It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
- Tom Hanks

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
you could not ignore its beauty.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did
not reflect positively on my father's life.
- Sidney Poitier

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

This war so far has cost us $125 billion and counting,
because largely we decided to do it on our own,
with only the United Kingdom as a paying,
fully participating partner.
- John Spratt

When I first saw a Fellini movie, I came out of the
movie theatre and decided to become a lawyer!
I thought to myself, it's impossible to make something so beautiful!
- Roberto Benigni

Recently though, our State Governments have discussed
instigating a carbon trading scheme -
the details are still to be decided -
and that's an encouraging sign.
- Peter Garrett

I decided I wanted to be a physician when I was seven years old.
- Samuel Wilson

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children
were an unnatural strain on parents.
So they provided jails called schools,
equipped with tortures called an education.
- John Updike

I think because we could do it biologically and have
our own child we decided to try this.
- Cheryl Tiegs

I'm not after a closed system, I mean I'm after a complicated system in structure,
but as far as watching it, I don't think that everything should be decided.
- Mark Morris

I deliberately decided to write a kind of guide to
leather bars for straight people,
for people not into leather, so that people could see what it was all about.
- Thom Gunn

All the grand work was laid for people who came after me.
The Supreme Court decided not to give it to me,
so they gave it to two white guys.
I think that's what they were waiting for.
- Curt Flood

While I was at college studying design I decided to paint.
I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had
seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest.
- John Dyer

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident
which everybody had decided not to see.
- Ayn Rand

So, what you can do in Microsoft Word is what Bill Gates has decided.
What you can do in Oracle Database is what Larry Ellison
and his crew have decided.
- Ted Nelson

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

So, I decided that whatever I was, wanted to do with my life,
it would have to do, it would have to have something
to do with the exploration and doing new things.
- Duane G. Carey

So I decided the only place I can speak to the world is from outside Israel.
- Mordechai Vanunu

When I decided to stay in Iraq, I decided to take the
fear out of my body and put it into a freezer.
- Asne Seierstad

When Garcia died, and I decided not to play,
I came out here.
- Bill Kreutzmann

Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks,
browns and yellows.
I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
- Ethel Waters

It was 1943.
The U.S.
had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army.
- Lloyd Alexander

I think we're entering a very dangerous time.
The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge,
not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind.
- Thom Yorke

I read Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis
in basically one sitting.
I decided to enroll in medical school.
It was almost like a conversion experience.
- Stanislav Grof

I figured out it was a social thing,
what women were allowed to do.
At a very young age, I decided I was not going to follow women's rules.
- Joan Jett

It's hard to generalize, because they're all different.
When I started, I decided to take as much advantage
as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field.
- Walter Jon Williams

While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot.
The judge had suggested I get my act together,
and I took him seriously.
- Tim Allen

Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination,
and everything came out perfect.
- Jack Prelutsky

I look back to when I got divorced in the late 1970s.
When that happened, I was so broken up.
After that, I decided to seek God for my life and my next marriage.
- Ricky Skaggs

Well, I've maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn,
and I just decided I'm gonna do my own.
- Eli Wallach

However, when my parents married in 1945,
China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning
grew increasingly remote,
and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
- Steven Chu


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