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Wayne Shorter Quote

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Natrix, Mar 25, 2009.


  1. Natrix

    Natrix

    Mar 21, 2009
    Sydney Australia
    I was recently thinking about a quote from Wayne Shorter that I read in a mag about 25 years ago . it was

    "If all you have in life is music , then you haven't got music"

    I took that to mean that there should be a whole bunch of elements or 'roles' in one's life , so that there was substance & personal wealth of life experience coming out in the music in an unforced & natural way.
    It kind of upset me a bit back 25 yrs ago because all i had in life did seem to be just music , music , music. Obsessed.

    But I must say , that at 48 yrs old and having played for a living all my working life , Waynes quote becomes more and more true each year . You guys notice that too ?
     
  2. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    It could NEVER be truer! I agree 100% that what makes genuine and great music is a lifetime of experiences, perceptions, memories etc.

    Without that, all you're doing is just rattling off notes or put another way, or at best, it's like trying to have a conversation and knowing only maybe 10 words at best.
     
  3. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Yeah-
    Music is an expression of what you see and experience. If you don't see and/or experience anything, then where's the music to come from?

    jte
     
  4. fearceol

    fearceol

    Nov 14, 2006
    Ireland
    A quote from another great sax player :

    "If you dont live it, it wont come out of your horn" - Charlie Parker.
     

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