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"“Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself."  

                                                                                                                                   — Erik Satie”

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           Photograph of Thelonious Monk by William P. Gottlieb in the public domain

"It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the rollercoaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the hometown or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known."                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                   — Carson McCullers

"What really swings is the music of the United States, Cuba, the Caribbean and vicinity, and, of course, Brazil. The rest is all waltzes."                                                                                                        

                                                                           — Antonio Carlos Jobim
 

"I just think music is so intrinsically linked with images in the culture that we live in that you'll be hard-pressed to have an experience with the music without a preconceived notion."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — Esperanza Spalding

“I start in the middle of a sentence and move

both directions at once.” 
                                               

                            ― John Coltrane

“Music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but
You are the music
While the music lasts.” 

                                                                                 ― T.S. Eliot

“The essence of America lies not in the headlined heroes... but in the everyday folks who live and die unknown, yet leave their dreams as legacies” 
                                                                                                                  ― Alan Lomax

"Many days later another caravan was passing and a man saw something on top of the highest dune there. And when they went up to see, they found Outka, Mimouna and Aicha; they were still there, lying the same way as when they had gone to sleep. And all three of the glasses—he held up his own little tea glass—were full of sand. That was how they had their tea in the Sahara." 
                                                                                                                 
— Paul Bowles

"What matters is precisely this; the unspoken at the edge of the spoken."                                                                                                               — Virginia Woolf

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none. ” 
                                   

                               ― Miles Davis

"When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups."

                                     

                                                                                                                          — John Coltrane


 

"Brother, can you spare a dime?"

 

                           — E. Y. "Yip" Harburg 

"There's something repulsive about an American without money in his pocket." 
                                                                                                          — Paul Bowles

"Before I compose a piece, I walk around it   several times, accompanied by myself."  

                                                                                                                Erik Satie

“I came into the world very young, in an age that was very old."                                                        

                                ― Erik Satie

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