From Michaels Wife

Hello all I am Stepheni, and I am Michael’s wife. I wanted to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you for all the kind words of condolences on Michael’s passing. He is truly missed and thought of everyday. If you would ever like to contact me here is my personal email. Please be blessed!!!

Voices of Variegation Pt6

“When something is bothering me, I write a song that tells my feelings.”
–Loretta Lynn

“The Coltrane Quartet was like four pistons in an engine – John, Elvin, Jimmy and I were working to make the car go.”
-McCoy Tyner

“When I was a young man I was always hunting for new metaphors.”
—Jorge Luis Borges

“This is the NOW we’re living in! Do not be distracted by the claims of tomorrow or the worries of yesterday.” — Unknown

“Sometimes you just have to jump and grow your wings on the way down.”
– Les Brown

“Because it’s not the music that matters anymore. People don’t care about the music itself anymore, but about who makes the music. The public is more interested in celebrities and how a certain artist is more famous than music. It changed the way the audience relates to music. He no longer has a transcendental connection to music and its quality. Just want the glamour. Jazz doesn’t want to be part of it. Do you know why? It’s not about humility, or arrogance, a posture.  ′We don’t want to be famous, we’re underground.’ None of that. Jazz is about the human soul, not about the appearance. Jazz has values, teaches to live in the moment, work together, and especially to respect the next. When musicians gather to play together, you have to respect and understand what the other does. Jazz in particular is an international language that represents freedom, because of its roots in slavery. Jazz makes people feel good about themselves.”
– Herbie Hancock, answering “Why is jazz not part of the pop scene anymore?”

“[Ideas…] strive towards something lying beyond the bounds of experience, and thus seek to approximate a presentation of concepts of reason (of intellectual ideas)”
–Immanuel Kant

“Thinking about the rhythm—this is what brings out good soloists. That’s what makes Dizzy and what made Charlie Parker great musicians—they’re rhythm experts.”
– Art Blakey

the leaves believe
such letting go is love
such love is faith
such faith is grace
such grace is god
i agree with the leaves
— Lucille Clifton

Compiled by MDSHall

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