"After two takes you're imitating yourself."
—Thelonious Monk

"If you're making a record, you're the one saying 'action', you're the one saying 'cut', and you have to be sure that the most interesting thing is not going on outside the frame. I try to pay attention to what people are doing from the moment they come into the room. If they're just goofing around before we begin, that may be the best thing they do all day. I have to be waiting."
—Tom Waits

"People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record
what you want to record the way you want to record it."
—Billie Holiday

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