“It is left to the artists, poets, musicians, storytellers and visionaries – once at the heart of society, now seen as peripheral – to keep alight the torches of wisdom, inspiration and imagination.”

Roselle Angwin in 'Riding The Dragon'

 

“Music is like the water that washes the stones, the wind that cleans us, the fire that joins us together and it lives inside us to make us better people.”

Victor Jara (Chilean singer-songwriter, poet, filmdirector and political activist,
born in 1932 murdered in 1973 by the brutal regime of Pinochete)

 

“In the end I think of music as a saving grace for all humanity. As the universal language it transcends the boundaries of nationality, social strata and political ideology. Whether we are educated or uneducated, rich or poor, whether we speak the same tongue or not, we still possess the ability to communicate our feelings to one another through music. The world would be a terrible place without it, a miserable place.”

Henry Miller in 'Reflections'

 

"This song comes from far
I cannot tell the distance
My salute to all the people
Who live and let live
Here goes my embrace
With sound and wisdom
Bringing forth from one’s own mind
The words to say
Music holds the world together
As long as we live"

Hermeto ‘El Magico’ Pascoal (Brazilian musical genius:
multi-instrumentalist and prolific composer)

 

"And style is not important. Style is not music. Anybody can get on the drum set and play real fast. But to play music, to play with people for people to listen to, that’s something else. That’s a whole other world. And if you think you’re more important than the drums are, you got another think coming. You gotta make the drums sound good. You’re not sitting back there to make you sound good. You’re sitting back there, first of all, to make the music sound good. And then to make the drums sound good and to be drummer. Not to make people say: 'Oh man! Can that guy play!'”

Tony Williams (1945-1997: drum set genius who started to play
with the legendary Miles Davis Quintet at age seventeen, later forming
his legendary jazz rock group Lifetime)

 

“It’s no surprise young people like to make extreme music. Think about the mess the world is in today. That reflects itself in music and in other artforms. When you practice like a maniac and have the physical condition of an athlete, you can play the drums in an extreme way. I like to show people that anybody can do what most other musicians expect of a drummer: providing good accompaniment.”

Peter Erskine (drumming legend, formerly with Weather Report and many others)

 

“Inner conviction is what makes music happen – not your knowledge or your lack of it. Whatever technique you have on your instrument at any given moment is always good enough to say something. If you can’t find the thing to say, that’s what you’ve got to work on. It’s got to go hand-in-glove with technique.”

“It’s easy to compare ourselves to other musicians because there are so many of us. That makes it hard to move forward and say to yourself: it’s okay for me to sound like me, to develop at my own pace and to become an artist.”

David Torn (innovative guitar stylist, former ECM recording artist)

 

“You can’t just play the drums. Drummers spend too much time on the drums and not enough time cultivating themselves.”

Milford Graves (one of the fathers of free jazz drumming,
21st century shaman and Rennaissance man)

 

“I think all musicians have some type of originality. But it takes a lot of honesty, courage, integrity to cultivate that. Most people are still not taking their original experiences and incorporating that into their music. If you’re not doing that, you’re not really an artist. You’re simply a craftsman. Any craftsman can take different techniques and put them together. When you make them yours and connect to them spiritually and you express them in a way that makes people feel something, then you’re being the artist you were meant to be.”

Leon Parker (drummer, percussionist, composer)
 

 

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein  (genius of science. For more inspiring quotes: here)

 

“We’re looking at the prelude to the New Dark Ages here. If you know anything about history, the Dark Ages we’re going into now is gonna make the first one look like a company picnic.”

Frank Zappa (1940-1993, musical genius: influential and
prolific composer and guitarist) in an interview in 1981