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It's much like playing jazz, flying. It's multitasking in real time. You have a number of instruments that alone won't tell you exactly what the airplane is doing but together give you a picture of everything that's going on. open_in_new

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I'm not saying that in order to be a great jazz musician you have to be a great classical pianist first. But I am saying that it makes things easier when you can get around the instrument, and you have some idea of how to approach the various hurdles. open_in_new

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I had experiences or exposure to music in church. I went to a church, it was very unique. It was a predominantly African American Catholic church. So they would have - one mass would be traditional church music, and then the other mass would be gospel music. open_in_new

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I really want to bring ensemble playing back to the forefront - not just for me, but for everyone in jazz. When you have a group, a true co-op group, you can really heighten the possibilities of all the treasures of jazz. open_in_new

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My father, I think he played percussion in high school. My mother played piano when she was very young, but only for a brief while. I don't think she had a great teacher. In any case, neither of them were really into music at a young age. open_in_new

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My grandfather, Arthur Baskerville, he played and still plays a little bit piano and trombone, and so when I was a kid, I always heard jazz around the house, but I also went to his gigs, whether it be a Saturday brunch in my hometown Columbus, Ohio. We'd go and hear him play with some of the local musicians. open_in_new

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I consider myself very fortunate. I mean, I think there's that old saying, 'Where there's a will, there's a way,' and I just have such a passion for jazz music and playing the piano that I just find a way to make it work, so to speak. Fortunately, I have so far. open_in_new

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A lot of times, we look at jazz in eras. How can we not keep those eras separate and think of the language as one complete continuum? It's all interrelated, and it's all evolutionary. open_in_new

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When I see young people interested in music. I always look out for that passion in their eyes. You never know where that might lead. open_in_new

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I like to write about painting because I think visually. I see my writing as blocks of color before it forms itself. I think I also care about painting because I'm not musical. Painting to me is not a metaphor for writing, but something people do that can never be reduced to words. open_in_new

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I'm the interpreter. I'm the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that's what I want to do. open_in_new

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It's really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect. open_in_new

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I get to sing and act and write and create and produce for a living and share art with people, and I feel like a piece of that is in honor of those who came before me. open_in_new

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For 'A Little Night Music,' I did try to get little bit more beefed up for that because I thought that would help me carry myself around the stage in that character. open_in_new

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My dad's paternal grandparents were musically inclined. And I remember as a little kid going to visit them in their senior building, and they were, like, the stars of the building, especially hosting and performing in their senior talent show. open_in_new

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You have to learn how to act a pop song. You have to find the balance of the pop from the pop song and the lyrical significance of the scene you are in. open_in_new

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I was just so excited to have a child! I held him up like he was Simba in 'The Lion King.' I wanted to sing 'The Circle of Life.' open_in_new

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Christine Bass was my high school music teacher. She took a program on its last legs and within a few years turned into one of the best programs in the country. Our high school dominated national choir competitions all through her 20-plus year tenure. open_in_new

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I sort of wrongfully judged 'Mamma Mia!' for so long. I thought of it as a jukebox musical that I wasn't interested in. I was so wrong. open_in_new

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I got to know Elton John's older music by learning to like his newer stuff. 'The Lion King?' That's what I like. open_in_new

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I need to listen to chill music when I'm driving. It prevents road rage. open_in_new

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You feel like you're really a part of a movement when you're singing Journey at a karaoke bar. open_in_new

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I hate musicals. There, I said it. open_in_new

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The first album I ever bought with my own money was 'Ten.' Every single song reminds me of my childhood. open_in_new

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I was singing in a mall, and I picked a girl to come up onstage with me. As I was grabbing her hand, I fell off the stage. It felt like I was in the air forever, flying like Superman. open_in_new

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When I was 6 years old, I was in a rock band that was horrible called 'Dead End.' The name kind of described us. People liked us; we would go and perform at coffee houses and stuff. open_in_new

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Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it. open_in_new

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If you have a good music tone of the day, it puts everybody in the right mindset. open_in_new

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If I'm sitting at home playing video games, and I've got a couple of minutes to myself before bed, I'm listening to music and putting a couple of playlists together. I'm passionate about music. open_in_new

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Music, I feel like, affects people's moods. open_in_new

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I just like music. open_in_new

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Everything I do, I'm always playing music. When I wake up in the morning, I'm playing music. When I'm showering, I've got music playing. When I go to the field, music is playing. open_in_new

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We don't swim for the attention. We don't swim to be rock stars. There is something beautiful about being in an anonymous sport and being fairly anonymous. It enables you do something you love without any of the other effects. open_in_new

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Originally, I wanted a pop career and formed a girl-band 'Genie Queen' managed by Andy McClusky from 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark', but it didn't work out. My brother John is the talented singer and song-writer with 'The Razz,' while my other brother Sean is a footballer for Telford United. open_in_new

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But what you realise after you've been in the business for a while is that people develop opinions about you that don't have anything to do with your music, they like or dislike you for a million reasons, they like or dislike you for your last record. open_in_new

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Truth is, you make albums, and some of those songs are hits, and some of the greatest hits albums have songs that weren't hits. You have a career, the reason why we're still around 10 years is that we do have successful songs. open_in_new

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All my songs are where I am. open_in_new

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There just is exponentially more money in the movie business than in the music business. As a result there are more people involved in the creative process. open_in_new

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The joy and happiness it gives you or the emotions you go through when you hold your child in your arms for the first time are indescribable! I really thought that there was going be this moment when a ray of light from heaven would come pouring in, background music would start playing with angels singing, but none of that happens! open_in_new

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You know you're a hopeless record nerd when your time travel fantasies always come around to how cool it would be to go back to 1973 and buy all the great funk and jazz and salsa records that came out that year on tiny obscure labels and are now really rare and expensive. open_in_new

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While I'm working, I stick with music that won't distract me - the dub stylings of Scientist and King Tubby, maybe some Beethoven string quartets. open_in_new

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Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you and good night. open_in_new

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We didn't realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don't think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn't really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well. open_in_new

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Thinking back on it, I've been in this business since I was 3, and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight. open_in_new

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I'll sing outside your window. I'm as old fashioned as they come. open_in_new

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I'm a bit of an insomniac. I go to bed at 5am because I get caught up in watching TV or listening to music at night. open_in_new

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I grew up in musical theatre and love to perform on stage. open_in_new

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So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning. open_in_new

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A melody is not merely something you can hum. open_in_new

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The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' open_in_new

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To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. open_in_new

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If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong. open_in_new

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I have an office full of product from brands trying to be in videos and an inbox full of songs from artists, but at the end of the day if the artist doesn't support the brand or it doesn't make sense for the song, then it will never work. What we do is try to pair them up so that both sides are happy. open_in_new

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I initially wanted to work in the music industry more on the A&R side. While I was in school, I began working in the New Business department of an advertising firm, and very quickly I was responsible for roughly 70% of their business, so you could say I had a natural knack for the advertising world. open_in_new

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There is a strong demand for Michael Jackson's music and merchandise, and that will only increase as more material surfaces in the years following his death. open_in_new

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The music industry's very laid back while I'm very, very aggressive. open_in_new

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I attended a post-college program in L.A. for Music Business and Production. Took several courses involving Music Production, Arrangement, and Songwriting. open_in_new

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'Brand-Dropping' is the term that the Kluger Agency coined to describe discreetly advertising by product mentioning in song, and we feel we can make this the way of the future without jeopardizing any artist's creative outlet or typical style. open_in_new

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Pitbull is great with brands. Endorsements with hip-hop artists work because hip-hop artists typically set the most trends... It's every brand's goal to be seen in the mainstream, and hip-hop music has become mainstream music. open_in_new

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If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.' open_in_new

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That's the great thing with the WWE. They want you to be like John Cena, they want you to be like The Rock, and they definitely give you that platform. open_in_new

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It would no doubt be very sentimental to argue - but I would argue it nevertheless - that the peculiar combination of joy and sadness in bell music - both of clock chimes, and of change-ringing - is very typical of England. It is of a piece with the irony in which English people habitually address one another. open_in_new

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When I think about atheist friends, including my father, they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love. open_in_new

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I feel like my kind of music is a big pot of different spices. It's a soup with all kinds of ingredients in it. open_in_new

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'Halo' I wrote with my grandpa in his nursing home. When I went to visit him, he'd often comment on my halo. But of course, I couldn't see. And he always - he had pictures of Jesus with these beautiful halos. And so I asked him if he'd write a song with me about Jesus' halo. open_in_new

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I really believe in the power of music. open_in_new

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My whole drive is to make sure that music is a common space where we search for beauty and share it. It needs to be louder than any conversation. That's where we have to go as a human race. open_in_new

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My parents played the radio, but music was never an obsession or something that I thought I could call a career. open_in_new

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For most Americans, my Chinese music feels like a novelty, and it's not what it is for me. open_in_new

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One of my favorite albums in the world is Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska.' Each song has this very distinct character who has something profound to say. open_in_new

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You can enjoy many different types of music. I think that's something more Americans should think about. open_in_new

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I sang in a reggae band. And then there was a soul band where I sang back-up vocals and some lead. And I was also in a women's a capella group. And I was in the gospel choir at school. Actually, I've always been in choirs. Or some kind of group. Just because I love singing so much. But I truthfully never thought of it as a career. open_in_new

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I reside in a new colony for the Chinese-singing banjo player, with a population of one. At least I have something I have to do with my life. open_in_new

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I've moved around so much my whole life, and I've gotten so used to being the Other in situations - the foreigner, the outsider. The first time I've ever felt like there was no separation between me and the other elements was in music. open_in_new

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I'm no ethnomusicologist. There is a connection between the five-note scale used both in traditional Chinese music and the blues, but I don't really understand it. All I know is, whenever I play with Chinese musicians, we seem to belong to the same musical gene pool. open_in_new

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I believe in music because it has the power of change. open_in_new

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I do see music as complete refuge. It's a universal home, complete common ground between everyone; it comes from a place that has no nation and no boundaries around it. open_in_new

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In some ways, my most comfortable feeling has been that of being an outsider coming in, but over the years I've tired of that and I'm ready to feel at home. That's what music gives me: a feeling of absolute home. open_in_new

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I had no intention of becoming a performer, and yet under miraculous circumstances I was brought into the music industry fold. If divine powers hadn't intervened, I'd still be living in China working in some area of Sino-American comparative law. open_in_new

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You've just got to sing, do some kind of singing every day. Early mornings and cold weather can mess with that. I drink special teas with cayenne pepper, but I think you're psyching yourself out, really. open_in_new

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Aaron Neville - It's one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around... It's an honor to be closing it.

It's one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around... It's an honor to be closing it. open_in_new

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The gospel music and doo-wop is what has informed me personally. open_in_new

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When I'm singing, it's a mixture of my innocence in the projects, my mom and dad. It's all the good and the bad, the laughs and the frowns that I went through and seen other people go through. Then you be trying to write it. Whatever's coming out, you try and make it all cool. open_in_new

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In New Orleans, music is part of the culture. You're raised with it, from the cradle to the grave, and all in-between. open_in_new

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I am very honored and excited to have 'Devotion' released as the first DVD Audio disc... surround sound is amazing... The music comes alive and is so vibrant - it's unlike anything you've ever heard before! open_in_new

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I always loved Sam Cooke, because he seemed very versatile. He sang gospel, soul, blues, pop music. open_in_new

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The extras are a nice bonus feature, but the main incentive is the musical experience. open_in_new

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Doo-wop is the true music to me, man. Doo-wop was what nurtured me and grew me into who I am, and I guess even when I was in school, the teacher probably thought I had ADD or something every day, because I'd be beating on the desks, singing like the Flamingos or the Spaniels or Clyde McPhatter or somebody. open_in_new

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I sing around the house, in the shower. open_in_new

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But I knew if I ran I'd never be able to sing, so I had to take my punishment. open_in_new

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I've done all different kinds of genres - doo-wop, pop, funk, gospel, country, jazz, you name it. open_in_new

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I really like listening to music in my car. open_in_new

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I just sing. You have to use it. open_in_new

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When I'm singing, I connect the dots with notes. open_in_new

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I just sing what I feel in my heart. I ain't trying to prove nothing, and I don't think I ever did. open_in_new

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I never really got paid for 'Tell It Like Is,' but I look back at it and say God knew what he was doing; he probably figured that if I had got money back in them days, I wouldn't be here now. That's okay. I'm here. And I'm still singing the song. open_in_new

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A lot of my solo albums were produced by different people who had their idea of what songs I should do, and they had me doing a lot of ballads. open_in_new

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I'm here now because of my faith. That's what got me singing and what has kept me singing. That is what I have: what has kept me doing right and has provided me with the chances and the attitude and the skills to do this. open_in_new

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I balance with prayer and music. I sing every day. open_in_new

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I'll be singing with The Blind Boys of Alabama, which is a great joy to me. I've done some work with them before, and they truly are amazing. open_in_new

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