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Carla Bley Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Carla Bley.

I write very slowly.
- Carla Bley

I don't think you can ever regain your ignorance.
- Carla Bley

I don't need much coaxing.
- Carla Bley

I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out.
- Carla Bley

 

One performer whose band played my music better than
I could myself was Art Farmer.
He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.
- Carla Bley

There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world,
and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
- Carla Bley

When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is
listen to records or listen to live music.
It isn't as though you go to a teacher.
You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
- Carla Bley

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Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between.
There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it.
I am zeroing in on what I do best.
- Carla Bley

I got started when I was 3 years old because my father
was a music teacher and my lessons were free.
Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.
- Carla Bley

When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing,
you have 12 people to play the richest,
fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
- Carla Bley

I just got to hear every note.
After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery.
In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen.
I was probably the world's best listener.
- Carla Bley

I don't enjoy traveling in America.
I don't like the food, the cars.
It is not exotic enough.
It all tastes a bit like airline food.
- Carla Bley

It would be really hard to get serious about anything
political today unless it was a joke.
- Carla Bley

I still prefer the bebop of the '40s.
The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me.
I have come full circle.
- Carla Bley

When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France.
I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
- Carla Bley

Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is.
Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it.
It is sending and receiving.
- Carla Bley

Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad.
I wanted to be like that.
- Carla Bley

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

One tends to write beyond what's needed.
- James Schuyler

I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

I've always said it took me 20 years to find out how
to write a song in 20 minutes.
- Bart Howard

I'm afraid that I'm either going to have to write myself
something or direct something if I'm going to get somewhere.
- Yaphet Kotto

Then they started pulling me in and I was very resistant.
All the other actors would be saying write more,
more dialogue for me, and I'd always be saying 'No,
less, less'.
- Peter Berg

It doubles your perception, to write from the point
of view of someone you're not.
- Michael Ondaatje

The more I do in my life, the more I can write music about new experiences.
- Ken Hill

I thought a dignified thing to do would be to live
in the country by the time I'm 50 and write books.
- Julian Clary

I can write for a long time on one novel and not get tired.
- Judith Guest

If you really want to write, then shut yourself in a room,
close the door, and WRITE.
If you don't want to write, do something else.
It's as simple as that.
- Mary Garden

Life's like a movie, write your own ending.
Keep believing, keep pretending.
- Jim Henson

The desire to write grows with writing.
- Desiderius Erasmus

But when you get to a song, not only do you have to do a vocal melody,
you have to write words and not be redundant and make
some semblance of a story.
- Glenn Danzig

There are scores you have to write objectively without getting involved.
- Alex North

They say poets write mostly for themselves;
if anyone else likes it,
well and good, if not, it doesn't matter;
certainly,
not to me.
- Tom Glazer

Let no man write my epitaph...
When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth,
then shall my character be vindicated,
then may my epitaph be written.
- Robert Emmet

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it,
and get sensible people to read it, are the three great
difficulties in being an author.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I got to write most of everything I said.
- R. Lee Ermey

I write, but I also act.
- Eric Bogosian

I grew up in an environment of jokes and sarcasm and puns.
I talk that way, so I write that way.
- Allan Sloan

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy.
The Exorcist not only ended that career,
it expunged all memory of its existence.
- William Peter Blatty

Happy songs are very difficult to write.
How many truly great upbeat songs are there?
- Natalie Imbruglia

Everyone thinks they can write a play;
you just write down what happened to you.
But the art of it is drawing from all the moments of your life.
- Neil Simon

I don't have to write about the future.
For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary.
- William Gibson

Then I thought I was going to be a photographer.
I tried a hand at darkroom technician.
I played in a band.
It took me quite some time to discover that I wanted to write.
- Guy Johnson

In my position you have to read when you want to write
and to talk when you would like to read.
- Catherine II

One could write a history of science in reverse by
assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority
about what could not be done and could never happen.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Yes, it's hard to write.
But it's harder not to.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

We played some gigs in Switzerland a couple of weeks
ago and it was the first time I really felt the group
was really a band in the sense of something I could write for.
- Fred Frith


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