Saturday, June 6, 2020

Quote of the Day (Jazzman Sonny Rollins, on the Need to ‘Live Your Life Now in a Positive Way’)

‘I can hear music that elevates me, but on the other hand there’s martial music that’s made to make people go to war. So music is neutral. It has nothing to do with ethics. Music is not on the same level as trying to understand life. We’re here for 80-something years. One lifetime is not enough to get it right. I’ll be back in another body. I’m not interested in trying to get that technical about that because I don’t need to know. What I need to know is that being a person who understands that giving is better than getting is the proper way to live. Live your life now in a positive way. Help people if you can. Don’t hurt people. That works perfectly for me, man.”—Retired jazz saxophone master Sonny Rollins quoted in David Marchese, “Sonny Rollins, on Whether Great Musicians Make Good People,” The New York Times Magazine, Mar. 1, 2020

(Photo of Sonny Rollins taken July 17, 2009, by Bengt Nyman from Vaxholm, Sweden.)

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