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BEWARE ANALYSIS PARALYSIS 



“They aim for perfection, and end up going ready, aim, aim, aim.  They aren’t prepared to fire because they cannot be certain they will hit the target.  Sometimes you just have to fire: you might not hit the target, but you might find out where the target is.”
~Tom O'Toole

"I'll try to bring you down. You could get lucky. I might miss."
~Oliver Queen

"You make me pull, I'll put you down."
~Raylan Givens

IDENTITY 



"Identity is fluid because it changes according to the social context of the individual. Just as identity defines relationships, the nature of the set of social interactions in a person's life is what makes up that person's identity. Personal identity is composed essentially of social routines and protocols rather than personal characteristics. The question "who am I?" is answered ultimately not by looking within, but by taking into account the facts of relationships and actions."
~Michael Webb

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself."
~Abraham Maslow

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I *do* that defines me."
~The Batman




MEDIUM AND MUSE ~ DM on Technique 


For the serious jazz artist, technique and creativity are both necessary. They are medium and muse.

They're like your left foot and your right foot: you need both to get anywhere.

Technical mastery devoid of inspiration is bunk, and an artistic vision without the skill to express it is a tragedy.

I work on technical drills and etudes when I practice, but when I perform I endeavor to forget technique and play from the heart.

NEGATIVE SPACE ~ DM on Improvisation 



I'm working on eliminating nonsense phrases from my improvisations -- the musical equivalent of "like," "ya know" and "umm."

There are certain cliches that I tend to reflexively insert when grasping for the next idea. I'm training myself to embrace more negative space during those searching moments --  to simply be still and listen, to just pay attention, rather than compulsively fill the space.
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