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As we see in folk music quite often, emotion transforms what might otherwise be considered 'corny' (i.e. trite, banal, sentimental) music into valid, moving art.

Don Ellis
Because when we are right there is not a band in the world that can touch us!

Don Ellis
I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass.

Don Ellis
I got bored with the old way - it came too easy. I worked until I could play and chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said 'What else is there?' Now I'm finding out.

Don Ellis
If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.

Don Ellis
It is much easier to be accepted if you play like everyone else, and you will get more jobs. It depends on where your values lie.

Don Ellis
It is my belief that there is a tendency among the so-called 'modern' or 'hip' jazz musicians to consider styles other that their own, 'corny', and it is my contention that in actuality it is these musicians who are producing that which in future years perceptive critics will deem 'corny'.

Don Ellis
On those long notes behind the trumpet solo, if anyone lets his mind wander for a minute he is dead.

Don Ellis
The truth in the matter lies in the fact that anything repeated too long without variation tends to become boring.

Don Ellis
To be a true artist you have to play the way you feel - not the way others think you should feel.

Don Ellis
Why should a craftsman not make use of all his tools if they will promote a greater communication and expressiveness? This is not to deny that beautiful things can be fashioned out of very modest means, but what possible objection can there be towards an artist trying to be more resourceful?

Don Ellis
At our age, you don't want to stop.

Alex Van Halen
Because if you stop, you might not get back up.

Alex Van Halen
But to be welcomed by the fans after all these years, that's the incredible part.

Alex Van Halen
Everybody has a high point and a lot goes into that: timing, situation, general consciousness.

Alex Van Halen
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