Louis Armstrong

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“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.”

Charlie Parker

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“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.  If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”

Gustav Mahler

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“Tradition is laziness.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

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“I shall seize Fate by the throat; it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely.”

Dmitri Shostakovich

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“What can be considered human emotions? Surely not only lyricism, sadness, tragedy? Doesn’t laughter also have a claim to that lofty title? I want to fight for the legitimate right of laughter in “serious” music.”

Robert Schumann

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“To compose music, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of ”

Robert G. Ingersoll

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“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.”

Henry Ford

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“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

John Wooden

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“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

David Ahrens

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“We need arts education because with the ubiquity and rush of technology, kids need lessons in being human.”

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