Looking back, I realize how important this twenty minute task was for us. We were able to find inspiration from Robert Frost, compassion from Anne Frank, and critical thinking from John F. Kennedy. Above all, we were able to learn empathy.
In this light, I wanted to go back to my series of inspirational jazz quotes to allow us to empathize with each musician.
Photo by Paul Burega
Jazz Quotes 5
1. Miles Davis
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
Listen to Miles Davis play, "In Your Own Sweet Way":
As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
Listen to Stan Getz play, "Corcovado":
For me, let's keep jazz as folk music. Let's not make jazz classical music. Let's keep it as street music, as people's everyday-life music. Let's see jazz musicians continue to use the materials, the tools, the spirit of the actual time that they're living in, as what they build their lives as musicians around.
Watch Pat Metheny play, "James":
Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It's bigger than a word. It's a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It's something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live.
Listen to Ray Brown play, "Have You Met Miss Jones":
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
Listen to Louis Armstrong play, "When You're Smiling":
I love the power of quotes - from changing your mindset to seeing a new side to life. The pen is truly mightier than the sword.
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