Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

When you hear the truth, you just gotta nod your head and say, I have heard the truth. There is nothing else to it. And some truths are so obvious it is an easy task to nod to them, and in this case it is nodding with the rhythm.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Duke Ellington - HRH Duke of Swingtone

When you hear the truth, you just gotta nod your head and say, I have heard the truth. There is nothing else to it. And some truths are so obvious it is an easy task to nod to them, and in this case it is nodding with the rhythm.
 
If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!”
 
Listening to the pieces Duke Ellington has written is sublime pleasure, nothing less. It gives me a feeling that starts from the toes and go up and up and up and suddenly you understand the words of the gospel by Ellington – it don’t mean a thing if it ain't go the swing, but surprisingly enough that is not why I admire duke Ellington, why I think he is such a guiding light in the world of jazz in particular and of music at large.
 

What is music to you? What would you be without music? Music is everything. Nature is music (cicadas in the tropical night). The sea is music, the wind is music.

The rain drumming on the roof and the storm raging in the sky are music. Music is the oldest entity. The scope of music is immense and infinite. It is the ‘esperanto’ of the world.”

 
Duke Ellington was the greatest arrangement artist, the chemical process that took two or more elements and combined them together with an adhesive of pure love of music to take them all, each and every one of those elements in the boiling glass bottle to a higher level of existence then they ever knew possible.
 
 
Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited."
 
Duke Ellington was the good boy of jazz, or at least that was his image. He was not a druggie, he was not a drunk, he did not beat up his woman after beating up his bass, he was a noble gentler kind of jazz, a real duke in a world of scoundrels and misfits. Don’t get me wrong, these misfits gave us some of the most interesting music mankind has ever heard, but it is good to have a solid one in the middle, calling the real shots. Giving jazz a good name for once.
 
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."
 
He was a teacher, he was a guru, he was a father and priest, he was the elder of the tribe taking under his wings new talents and nurturing them, giving to them, showing them the way, not as a boss, not as a strict headmaster, but as a true guide, a master of musical magic that everyone wanted to be near, wanted to listen to, wanted to learn from, flocking to him.
 
 
(Where did you get your ideas from ?) ideas? ohhhh man, I got a million dreams…it's all I do, is dream…all the time.
(How about when you play piano?) Piano? No…this is not piano, this is dreaming… it's dreaming…"
 
A visionary in each and every sense of the word, duke Ellington was indeed a professional dreamer, creating his own little worlds of chord changes and melodic storylines which captured the heart of the listener, but that was not the important part, as the fact it captured the heart of the musicians who play with him is the real magic, the real swing seductive voodoo force duke Ellington had on people. It was real love and people saw it.
 
You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it."
 
And he has the same effect on me. He does.Without saying it, just hinting, just showing, just playing, and i know exactly what he meant. Because you know what?
 
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”
 
 

Cat Anderson (trumpet) http://youtu.be/_55RJopDEIc
Caravan http://youtu.be/YkLBSLxo5LE
Don’t mean a thing http://youtu.be/qDQpZT3GhDg
Take the a train (ella fitzgerald) http://youtu.be/qhK-zYfFsIY
Take the a  train - http://youtu.be/cb2w2m1JmCY
Solitude http://youtu.be/TV-Y7qw_kog