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"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming,
not being set but being flexible. It is being wholly and quietly alive,
aware and alert, ready for whatever may come."

"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless,
and add what is specifically your own."

"It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost
with the minimum."


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment, and do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds, and shine."

"Happiness is not a memory but a reality. Reality is neither past nor future but only now. NOW is the greatest time there ever was."
~Nicholas Payton

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. So why not just be happy?"

WHAT MUSIC IS FOR ~ Bootsy Collins 

When I was coming up, we weren't trying to get a hit or to get paid, we were just trying to do our thing. Truth is, the only thing we really wanted was to get out there and get recognized for our originality.

After that happened, we said 'OK, all right, so now what? What's it really all about?' Well, at the end of the day, what it all boils down to is this: we're all riding on the same boat. And we have to learn how to deal with each other, to get along.

So that's what music is for — to bring us together.


I'm studying Bach's two-part inventions, and am reminded of something John LaPorta pointed out to me years ago at Berklee.

J. S. Bach was reputedly a great improviser at the keyboard. Sadly, we'll never hear him. But the contrapuntal lines in his Inventions & Sinfonias, in terms of their structure and cantibile quality, are remarkably like those found in the Charlie Parker Omnibook.

That is, Bird and the architects of bebop (far from the bon sauvage stereotype) were such accomplished musicians that they could improvise at a blistering tempo with a melodic logic comparable to Bach's.

Compare, for example, this Bach invention, performed by Glenn Gould, to this performance of "Koko" by Bird & Diz.

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