Bill Frisell Quotes.
I’ve been lucky with the circle of people I’m playing with. We’ve played enough that there’s a language we talk with each other when we play.
It’s incredible how one song or even one little phrase or just a few notes, if you really concentrate on it, can be a kaleidoscope of possibility.
I’m basically a pretty shy person and I don’t dance or get into fights. But there are all these things inside me that get out when I perform. It’s like a real world when I play, here I can do all the things that I can’t do in real life.
I do know the older I get, the more I’m referencing music I heard as a kid.
“Music, for me, has always been a place where anything is possible–a refuge, a magical world where anyone can go, where all kinds of people can come together, and anything can happen. We are limited only by our imaginations.
I hate labels; the problem is that if you say you’re one thing, it’s hard for people to imagine you as something else. Music is way more complicated than that.
In so many ways, it feels the same now when I play as the very first time I picked up the instrument. There’s always this sound out there that’s just a little bit beyond my reach and I’m trying to get there and that just sort of keeps me going.
I love listening to other musicians and seeing what they do to gain their distinctive respective sounds and edge.
For me the music community was always like a model for what could be. The way people would play together, just harmony and being – old guys and young guys, black guys and white guys. It was setting an example for what the rest of us could be.
I used to edit myself. If something seemed super-simple I had to make it more complicated. Now I’m trying to let what’s in there come out and acknowledge where I come from. I’m trying to make it more. ..true.
Every time I play with someone, not just a new person, but someone I’ve been with all along, that’s where I really learn.
There’s so much music out there & so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument.
There’s always this sound out there that’s just a little beyond my reach & that just sort of keeps me going.
To me, jazz is a place where anything is possible.
I can write the stuff and play it myself and have something in my head, but the best feeling is when somebody else plays it and they’re hearing something other than what I’m hearing.