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Thelonious Monk Quotes and Sayings

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All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
- Thelonious Monk

I can shoot pool, and I can play ping-pong.
I'm pretty good at those games.
- Thelonious Monk

I'd go stupid collecting and counting my money.
- Thelonious Monk

I don't know what other people are doing -
I just know about me.
- Thelonious Monk

 

Be-bop wasn't developed in any deliberate way.
- Thelonious Monk

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 never though much about race.
- Thelonious Monk

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We have two kids, my wife and myself.
- Thelonious Monk

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
- Thelonious Monk

Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington

The best rock musicians are the most exciting people in the world.
- James Daly

As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb,
it's important that we use that voice wisely.
- Roberta Flack

THE GODS was my first professional band and I learned a lot during that time.
It was very cool playing with so many great musicians
as it helped me to learn.
- Ken Hensley

Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure,
but until I make contact with them, musically or personally,
I never assume that anything wonderful will happen.
- Hugh Hopper

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
- Maxim Gorky

I came together with younger musicians and tried to
pass on my own experiences.
In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Serious musicians are finding it harder and harder
to have a voice in the world of music these days.
- Kevin Eubanks

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that
I should get in the musicians' union.
He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job,
son.
- Levon Helm

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

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will
on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
- Frank Zappa

I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians
and pop musicians wanted to be actors.
- Gary Kemp

Visible Faith is an expression of my Christian faith
which must be visible to be real!
I gave the name to the collection of musicians who
worked with me on the record.
- Ken Hensley

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity,
for creating something that's never been before,
the art form of jazz will flourish.
- Charlie Haden

All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on
to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity.
Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.
- Billy Bragg

There have been many great musicians that,
Clifford Brown is one great example,
I mean he died very early,
25.
- Sonny Rollins

I lived in an area where there were a lot of rock musicians,
and we got together regularly in our studios.
- Ken Hensley

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

When I heard Monk in person in 1955,
he was playing with a quartet in a small club.
The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.
- Steve Lacy

To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions,
most of the musicians that I've worked with have done
their best work by far with me.
- David Bowie

We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the
same top ten tunes every night of a tour.
- Oscar Peterson

When we came into the studio I became more and more me,
making the tracks and choosing the musicians,
partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge,
Artie wasn't there.
- Paul Simon

Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate.
At least the IRS thinks so.
- Billy Joel

When we started making electronic music I imagined
that the reaction we got from the rock musicians must
have been similar to the one the beat groups got from people like my dad.
- Trevor Horn

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians
to keep moving and changing,
to keep spiritually hungry and horny,
that's what it's all about.
- Carlos Santana

There's a lot of integrity with musicians;
you really still aspire to grow,
and be great, to be the best version of yourself you can be.
- Sheryl Crow

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States,
who had a hard time being accepted over here and had
to play in sort of these inferior type dives.
- Sonny Rollins

Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people
in themselves in the world.
Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11,
unfortunately it's gone.
- Andrea Corr

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

A painter paints his pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
We provide the music, and you provide the silence.
- Leopold Stokowski

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean,
to be entreated, either to begin or end.
- Ben Jonson

Great musicians accept everything that they hear and find something good.
They take what they like and they throw away what they don't like.
- John Zorn

I talk to people who are musicians, and they go,
Oh this is hell.
And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof,
did ya?
- Chris Isaak

And I'm always interested when other musicians are
trying to discover new worlds of sound.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

It was by listening to Goodman's band,
that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian,
who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
- Alvin Lee

Even though I have often recorded alone,
I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
- John Fogerty

I feel really different from other musicians.
- Mary Timony

The public is usually slow to catch on to new things,
and it's important that musicians stick to their guns
and not look for that instant gratification.
- Greg Ginn

I think musicians and artists are the most philanthropic people I know.
Their charity record of the music business would hold
up to the work of anybody.
- Glenn Frey

I'd seen musicians act, and it scares me.
And they make more money than me.
- Tim Roth

They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement.
I don't like the way women in music have been identified
as women first and musicians second.
- Michelle Shocked

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people
whose works I admire as actors or actresses,
or musicians.
And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors.
- Laura Bush

There's no difference in a lot of people's minds between
good musicians and popular musicians.
- Dweezil Zappa

Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.
- Billy Joel

Everything I do is collaborative.
It's just my way.
I'm really very interested in how the other musicians perceive the song.
- Cassandra Wilson

The people in Japan know more about the history of
jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
- Billy Higgins

Musicians own music because music owns them.
- Virgil Thomson

The kind of music or the kind of arrangements that I do,
the kind of musicians I choose, is just what I like to hear.
- Erykah Badu

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful,
what we were doing was not copying.
- John Sebastian

Both of my parents were musicians.
- Bryan White

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians.
We had serious roots that spanned different cultures,
obviously the blues.
- Jimmy Page

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
- Kenneth Rexroth

Every musical movement that is big enough has to produce
some good musicians who wouldn't have had the incentive
to start playing without it.
- Alexis Korner

I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age.
Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long,
long time.
- Bonnie Raitt

I don't try to make 15 musicians sound like two each.
- Les Baxter

Today jazz is still very much alive.
Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.
- Toots Thielemans

I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize
I guess because you never can tell what musicians would
be playing had they been around as long as I have.
- Sonny Rollins

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

Just look at the Old Testament.
They didn't go out with the army first.
They sent the musicians out.
- Michael W. Smith


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