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Pianist Quotes

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From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist.
The classicists think me a futurist,
and the futurists call me a reactionary.
- Anton Rubinstein

I was for a minor amount of time but I was probably
a better pianist at 15 than I am now.
- Josh Silver

Then, for a hot three or four weeks I wanted to be a concert pianist.
- Frank Langella

 

I don't think I could have ever had a career as a pianist
because I never ever wanted to play the notes the way they were written,
I was too sloppy to learn them quite right.
- Jerry Hunt

My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.
- John E. Walker

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who,
in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color.
He used the piano as his canvas.
- Roberta Flack

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I decided during my teens that I wasn't going to have
the life of a concert pianist,
much to the chagrin of a lot of people who had put a lot of money into me!
- Cy Coleman

I'm not really a pianist.
- Harold Budd

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's
Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.
- Benny Green

When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance
he is in a technical sense transmitting more information
to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
- Robert Moog

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music,
and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
- Nina Simone

My parents told me I would become a doctor and then
in my spare time I would become a concert pianist.
So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of.
- Amy Tan

My mother wanted me to be a concert pianist.
- Bernie Worrell

I started off as a studio pianist in Hollywood.
- Skitch Henderson

My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was
a singer of just about everything.
- Carly Simon

To search for a pianist, it is very difficult;
sometimes you find one.
- Victoria de los Angeles

At the age of 16, something happened with my finger and the doctor told me,
you never can be a organist or pianist,
so think about what you do with music.
- Kurt Masur

I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing.
I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
- Steve Lacy

I consider myself to be an inept pianist,
a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter.
What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden.
Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist
if by some miracle every key of his instrument should
suddenly become a living thing.
- Charles Munch

I was going to be a concert pianist,
and when I was in high school,
my parents were scared to death that I would focus
too much on that too soon.
And that I'd end up in some sort of dead end,
and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had.
- David Hyde Pierce

When I was studying...
there weren't any black concert pianists.
My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it.
People have heard my music and heard the classic in it,
so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
- Nina Simone

I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player.
People think I think I'm good.
I think I'm a very poor piano player.
- Ray Manzarek

In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing
and what the drummer is doing,
what the pianist and the guitarist is doing,
and then you play something that compliments that,
so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.
- David Amram

I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano,
but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and
my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become
a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.
- Alan Hovhaness

When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody
to take my place as intermission pianist and I'd play the show with Ella,
so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well.
- George Shearing

But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house.
I was just so excited, being a little kid and having
all these other kids come to my house twice a week.
I thought it was a big party.
- Vanessa Carlton

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist.
I like country music, but I'm not a great player.
I just like music.
Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.
- Keith Emerson

You hear the same work by different orchestras,
different conductors, violinists, pianists,
singers, and slowly, the work reveals itself and begins to live deeper in you.
- David Ogden Stiers

I don't think I handle the notes much differently from other pianists.
But the pauses between the notes - ah,
there is where the artistry lies!!
- Artur Schnabel

Pianists don't argue too much generally because we
have such a hard time just getting things right;
arguing is for string players.
- Emanuel Ax

The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes ah,
that is where the art resides.
- Artur Schnabel

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style,
a trademark, so to speak.
They confine themselves to one type of playing.
- Oscar Peterson

It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave
a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
- Franz Liszt

Well, no.
I believe that it's not at all impossible that some
of the performances that I've heard so far by some
pianists may be superior to my own playing because
those are two totally different acts altogether.
- Leo Ornstein

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing


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