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Herbie Hancock: ‘A Great Teacher’

“A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students’ creativity enough so that they go out and the answers themselves.”

Herbie Hancock in The Jazz Musicians Guide To Creative Practicing P.6

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‘Sound Before Anything You Play’

“I think, people will recognise you more for your sound than they will by what you’re playing, because no one knows what you’re playing. […] But they can relate to a beautiful sound.”

George Garzone

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Quote Shawn Blanc

“Write the internet that you want to read.”

Shawn Blanc

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The Good Stuff Survives

“Your sense of a past era tends to be informed by paintings and literature and drama that are not crap, even though at any given moment pop culture is filled with more crap than masterpieces. Why? It isn’t because people were better artists back in the day. It is because the good stuff survives, and the bad stuff is forgotten. So over time, you end up with skewed ideas of past eras. You think the artists of antiquity were amazing in the same way you associate the music of past decades with the songs that survived long enough to get into your ears.”
David McRaney in Survivorship Bias

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Quote: John Hodgman

“You are talking to a middle-aged man, with terrible summertime facial hair, and which is an evolutionary signal to all around that I no longer deserve physical affection.”

John Hodgman in Axed and Answered

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This Works For Most Things

“One learns survival by surviving.”

Charles Bukowski in I Don’t Need A Cleopatra

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Charles Mingus on Creativity

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”

Charles Mingus 

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The Road to Good Shows

“The only road to good shows is bad ones. Just go start having a bad time, and if you don’t give up, you will get better.”

Louis C.K.