we're in a recession. Now you can all know what it's like to be
Gilad Atzmon to the audience at The Bath Festival, 25 May 2008,
quoted in The Guardian (31 May 2008)
refrain will be coming soon: that's the part I like the best and
the abrupt way in which it flings itself forward, like a cliff against
the sea. For the moment it's the jazz that's playing; there's no
melody, only notes, a host of little jolts. They know no rest, an
unchanging order gives birth to them and destroys them, without
ever giving them time to recover, to exist for themselves. They
run, they hurry, they strike me with a sharp blow in passing and
are obliterated. I should quite like to hold them back, but I know
that if I managed to stop one, nothing would remain between my fingers
but a vulgar, doleful sound. I must accept their death; I must even
will it; I know of few harsher or stronger impressions.
From 'La Nausée', Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)
blues is real, its not perverted or thought about, its
not a concept. It is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better
chair or a bigger chair or a chair with leather on ... it is the
first chair. It is a chair for sitting on, not for looking at or
being appreciated. You sit on that music".
Lennon interviewed by Jann S Wenner, Rolling Stone (1970)
can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened
of the old ones".
Cage quoted in 'Conversing with Cage', Richard Kostelanetz (1988)