Quote Unquote

8cfe08e3833cf2f4I’ve been pretty busy with a lot of stuff—finishing my book, completing an album project for a friend, launching a new website for my church, focusing on my upcoming Italy missions trip, and even refinishing furniture in my home.

Meanwhile, I’m sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike me.

Let me explain.  Having so much on my plate—and especially the book—kind of saps all of my creative energies.  Sometimes I just have to wait for the creative muse in me to replenish and breathe.  Creativity is like being on a boat.  I can turn on the motor and force creativity to happen (which is often what I do vocationally), or I can let the sails out and wait for the wind to catch me (which is more fun and ultimately more satisfying).

So I’m playing with some lyrics.  Reading some books.  Fooling with some Bill Evans transcriptions.  And just waiting for creativity to kick in.  Meanwhile, I thought I would share with you some quotes from artists that have served to be sources of inspiration, humor, and contemplation.  Maybe it will help to inspire your soul as well.  Do you have a quote to share?  I’d love to hear it.

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”
Louis Armstrong

“As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.”


“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
Ansel Adams

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”
Miles Davis

“Do be do be do.”
Frank Sinatra

“It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all.”
Chet Baker

“I’ve suffered for my art…now it’s your turn.”
Henny Youngman

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Johann Sebastian Bach


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