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Mose Allison Quotes

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The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me.
- Mose Allison

And Lennie Tristano I like a lot, I still like him.
- Mose Allison

I have no idea what I'm doin'.
I've never seen me.
- Mose Allison

I just have a lot off different influences.
- Mose Allison

 

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.
- Mose Allison

Traveling these days has a lot of problems and also it wears you out more.
- Mose Allison

I been getting good crowds.
It only took 50 years.
- Mose Allison

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I haven't stopped and I don't plan on stoppin' any time soon.
- Mose Allison

I never sit down and write.
I just sorta let things form in my brain.
- Mose Allison

I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old.
- Mose Allison

So I'm in my 51st year of playin' mostly nightclubs.
I do some concerts.
- Mose Allison

I'm playin' the music I like.
- Mose Allison

Pizza Express has been a real godsend for me.
I've been working there for several years,
six weeks a year.
You can go to work every night and play.
It's a nice little club.
It's just about the right size for me,
about 150 people.
- Mose Allison

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are:
melodic improvisation,
melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison

I can't judge my own stuff.
That's for others.
But those are the three things that I admire.
- Mose Allison

At this point, I don't listen to other people too much.
I'm not really that affected by anyone.
- Mose Allison

I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things
that I think might turn into songs.
- Mose Allison

But I got an audience that knows what I do.
They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good.
- Mose Allison

I'm playin' music for a certain type of person.
Fortunately, there are more and more of us.
At least there are more comin' to see me than there were 30 years ago or so.
- Mose Allison

I do very few standards.
Hardly any.
Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes,
for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington
tunes that are well known.
- Mose Allison

I finally decided if I was going to make a living,
I was gonna have to come to New York.
- Mose Allison

There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time,
but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.
- Mose Allison

There's a few tunes of mine that don't have jokes,
but most of them have a joke and they have a humorous point of view somewhere.
- Mose Allison

I went through the whole number, you know.
The swing era, the boogie woogie era,
the bebop era.
Thelonious Monk is still one of my favorites.
So a lot of these people had their effect on me.
- Mose Allison

I've been able to do pretty well.
I don't work as many consecutive nights as I used to,
but I'm still working over 100 nights a year,
so that's good for me.
- Mose Allison

I just try to do as good job with the material as I
can and play some jazz as well,
some improvised music, and do that every night.
Just see where it goes.
- Mose Allison

It's as much fun as it ever was, you know,
once I get there.
Gettin' there is a little harder.
- Mose Allison

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot
happenin' in New York at that time.
- Mose Allison

I do some concerts.
At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London,
which is Pizza Express.
- Mose Allison

Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers.
Piano works.
Just to see what they were doin'.
That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
- Mose Allison

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang,
like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
- Mose Allison

I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea.
The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to
hear some music and up comes a commercial.
- Mose Allison

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

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

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Celebrate it every day.
- Anonymous

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See God in every person, place, and thing,
and all will be well in your world.
- Louise L. Hay

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein


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