Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time.
I want to say at once that I frankly believe that Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.... His songs are exquisite cameos of perfection, and each one of them is as beautiful as its neighbor. Irving Berlin remains, I think, America's Schubert.
I didn't even start playing the piano until I was about 13 or 14. I guess I must have had a little talent or whatever-you-call-it, but I practised regularly, and that's what counts.
It is always possible to create something original.
All great composers of the past spent most of their time studying. Feeling alone won't do the job. A man also needs technique.
It took me three weeks to write the 'Rhapsody in Blue.' I had always wanted to write something blue and Paul Whiteman inspired.
Why should I limit myself to only one woman when I can have as many women as I want?
When I'm in my normal mood, music drips from my fingers.
Upper berth, lower berth, that's the difference between talent and genius.
I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.
The extraordinary thing about my mother, she's so modest about me.
Writing music is not so much inspiration as hard work.
All these tales of people sitting down and composing symphonies just as though they were writing a letter are very much exaggerated; at least, it isn't that way in my work.
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