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Steve Lacy Quotes

I hope you find these Steve Lacy Quotes inspiring and motivational.

Play difficult and interesting things.
If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite.
Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same.
- Steve Lacy

I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years,
and the possibilities are astounding.
It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
- Steve Lacy

You can work on the saxophone alone,
but ultimately you must perform with others.
- Steve Lacy

Whoever has an original thing to say,
it is sort of a threat to the status quo.
- Steve Lacy


 

Risk is at the heart of jazz.
Every note we play is a risk.
- Steve Lacy

The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano.
- Steve Lacy

To me, there is spirit in a reed.
It's a living thing, a weed, really,
and it does contain spirit of a sort.
It's really an ancient vibration.
- Steve Lacy


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It's very important to go through periods where you
sound just rotten and you know it,
and you have to persevere or give up.
- Steve Lacy

Register is very important.
Music sounds best in a certain register.
- Steve Lacy

I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and
fell in love with the soprano saxophone.
- Steve Lacy

You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.
- Steve Lacy

When I first started playing music in 1955,
there was just a small body of people that knew it.
It was a very esoteric type of thing.
- Steve Lacy

Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers.
I was more interested in invention.
- Steve Lacy

Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly
nobody was trying to do anything with it.
So I was all alone.
I didn't know that at first.
- Steve Lacy

I've always been extremely lucky in playing with great
people who knew much more than I did.
That's how I got from there to here.
- Steve Lacy

When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn.
Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly.
- Steve Lacy

Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that
the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.
- Steve Lacy

It starts with a single sound.
If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.
- Steve Lacy

If you listen to Louis Armstrong from 1929,
you will never hear anything better than that really,
and you will never hear anything more free than that.
- Steve Lacy

Jazz is like wine.
When it is new, it is only for the experts,
but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
- Steve Lacy

Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.
- Steve Lacy

We played for peanuts.
But we did what we wanted to do, we heard what we wanted to hear,
we performed what we wanted to perform,
we learned what we wanted to learn.
- Steve Lacy

The soprano has all those other instruments in it.
It's got the soprano song voice, flute,
violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach
the baritone in intensity.
- Steve Lacy

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
- Steve Lacy

I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good,
so complete.
- Steve Lacy

Circumstances can be very important.
Find the right people to work with.
- Steve Lacy

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.
- Steve Lacy

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from
listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz
in New York on the radio.
- Steve Lacy

The saxophone is a very interesting machine,
but I'm more interested in music.
- Steve Lacy

They call me before they go into production,
when they have a prototype, and they call legitimate saxophonists,
too.
As opposed to the other kind.
- Steve Lacy

People don't want to suffer.
They want to sound good immediately,
and this is one of the biggest problems in the world.
- Steve Lacy

Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work.
- Steve Lacy

I've performed solo for 20 years now,
but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone,
you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.
- Steve Lacy

You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good.
- Steve Lacy

If you're trying to invent something new,
you're going to reach a lot of discouraging points,
and most people give up.
- Steve Lacy

Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.
- Steve Lacy

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research.
There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
- Steve Lacy

If you have music you want to play that no one asks you to play,
you have to go out and find where you can play it.
It's called do or die.
- Steve Lacy

When I heard Monk in person in 1955,
he was playing with a quartet in a small club.
The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.
- Steve Lacy

The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.
- Steve Lacy

I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing.
I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
- Steve Lacy

I still love the whole history of jazz.
The old things sound better than ever.
- Steve Lacy

Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant.
Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
- Steve Lacy

There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on,
where people go out and learn a particular language
or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.
- Steve Lacy

The more original something is, the more of a threat
it seems until the people catch up with it.
That happened with Thelonious Monk.
It happened with anybody who is really original.
- Steve Lacy

What I learned with Cecil Taylor was strategy and survival
and how to resist temptations and resist getting discouraged.
- Steve Lacy

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy;
dash the last trace of your self-consciousness;
and cavort your most uninhibited play.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is your day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play full-out and enjoy all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The difference between work and play lies 100%
in the attitude of the participant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

Life's a game, all you have to do is know how to play it.
- Anonymous

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Life doesn't play favorites.
- Anonymous

I'd never been in play long enough for the flowers
to die in the dressing room.
- Mercedes McCambridge

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein

I skip on the beach, and play with the waves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Go forth, and play joyfully in the garden of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Invite Rainbows and Butterflies Out To Play.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor


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