A few choice words from MUSIC SMARTS — The Inside Truth and Road-Tested Wisdom from the Brightest Minds in the Music Business, a Berklee Press and Hal Leonard music field guide…
When I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, music became something really great. For a long time, I fantasized that I was the fifth Beatle. When each one needed to take a break while on stage, they would just nod at me, and I would jump up and fill in without missing a beat.
MILES OF STYLES
Miles has been my main influence all the way back to when I first heard him as a child. I would listen to his records and then go see him live, and the music would be radically different—faster, more complex, and had stuff I’d never heard on records. I realized you don’t always have to go out and play the record. —George Duke
A MOVING EXPERIENCE
Seeing Jimi Hendrix perform was a very powerful experience for me. He had a way of moving when he played: he moved in space unlike anybody I had ever seen. He seemed to sit in the atoms differently than we did.
—Rickie Lee Jones