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Quotes by Charles Mingus - (17 quotes)

Charles Mingus - From the Beginning category:

My son's a painter. All through school his teachers tell him he's a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like an apple before he paints me one that doesn't. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Change category:

In my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Children category:

Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own! (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Children category:

Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own! (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Colour category:

I am Charles Mingus. Half-black man. Yellow man. Half-yellow. Not even yellow, nor white enough to pass for nothing but black and not too light enough to be called white. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Creativity category:

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Expression category:

What do you think happens to a composer who is sincere and loves to write and has to wait thirty years to have someone play a piece of his music? (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Influence category:

As a youth I read a book by Debussy and he said that as soon as he finished a composition he had to forget it because it got in the way of his doing anything else new and different. And I believed him. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Language category:

Music is, or was, a language of the emotions. If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music, and I would begin to worry about my writing if such a person began to really like it. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Life category:

My music is evidence of my soul's will to live. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Listening category:

I don't listen to that many people. If I did, I probably wouldn't play half as much to satisfy myself. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Music category:

Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells. Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees. A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra run around the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Opposites category:

My music is alive and it's about the living and the dead, about good and evil. It's angry, yet it's real because it knows it's angry. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Originality category:

I admire anyone who can come up with something original. But not originality alone, because there can be originality in stupidity, with no musical description of any emotion or any beauty the man has seen, or any kind of life he has lived. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Plagiarism category:

They're singing your praises while stealing your phrases. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Simplicity category:

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. (Charles Mingus)

Charles Mingus - From the Struggle category:

I've got a feeling that, if it's so easy for you, the struggle and the initiative are not as strong as they are for a person who has to struggle and therefore has more to say. (Charles Mingus)