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WANTING TOO 



"Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing."
~Sylvia Plath

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."
~Spock

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”
  ~Ingrid Bergman

BEGINNER'S MIND 



"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."
~Charles Darwin

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt."
~Bertrand Russell

"Being sure of yourself means you're a fool."
~Jenny Holzer

A PRINCE ENJOYING HIS INCOGNITO 



"For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer, it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes."
~Charles Baudelaire

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.

OCCAM'S AESTHETIC RAZOR 



"I'd rather hear Thad Jones miss a note
than hear Freddie Hubbard make twelve."
~Miles Davis

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right.
But there are older and simpler and better words,
and those are the ones I use.”
~Ernest Hemingway

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
~Leonardo da Vinci


 
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