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“If you understood everything I said, you’d be me”
Miles Davis
“Do not fear mistakes - there are none. ”
Miles Davis
“Don't play what's there; play what's not there.”
Miles Davis
“My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
Miles Davis
“Some day I'm gonna call me up on the phone, so when I answer, I can tell myself to shut up.”
Miles Davis
“It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit?”
Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography
“you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”
Miles Davis
“When you’re creating your own shit, man, even the sky ain’t the limit.”
Miles Davis
“Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery”
Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography
“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.”
Miles Davis
“It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.”
Miles Davis
“I remember one time - it might have been a couple times - at the Fillmore East in 1970, I was opening for this sorry-ass cat named Steve Miller. Steve Miller didn't have his shit going for him, so I'm pissed because I got to open for this non-playing motherfucker just because he had one or two sorry-ass records out. So I would come late and he would have to go on first and then we got there we smoked the motherfucking place, everybody dug it.”
Miles Davis
“Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
Miles Davis
“Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent.”
Miles Davis
“Music is an addiction.”
Miles Davis
“I always listen to what I can leave out.”
Miles Davis
“I know what I’ve done for music, but don’t call me “a legend”.(…) A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m still doing it.”
Miles Davis
“A lot of people ask me where music is going today. I think it's going in short phrases. If you listen, anybody with an ear can hear that. Music is always changing. It changes because of the times and the technology that's available, the material that things are made of, like plastic cars instead of steel. So when you hear an accident today it sounds different, not all the metal colliding like it was in the forties and fifties. Musicians pick up sounds and incorporate that into their playing, so the music that they make will be different.”
Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography
“For me, music and life are all about style.”
Miles Davis
“If you sacrifice your art because of some woman, or some man, or for some color, or for some wealth, you can't be trusted.”
Miles Davis
“WE WERE ALL UP IN THAT SHIT LIKE A MUTHAFUCKA. IT'S CLEANER THAN A BROKE DICK DOG.”
Miles Davis
“Sometimes you have to play a long time to play like yourself.”
Miles Davis
“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light.”
Miles Davis
“If you don't know what to play, play nothing.”
Miles Davis
tags: jazz, music
“Philly Joe was a bitch. If he'd been a lawyer and white, he would have been president of the United States, because in order to get there you gotta talk fast and carry a lot of bullshit with you; Philly had it all and a lot to spare.”
Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography
“Don t play what's there, play what's not there.”
Miles Davis
“Don't play what's there, play what's not there.”
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
“Music is a funny thing when you really come to think about it.”
Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography
“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”
Miles Davis
“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.”
Miles Davis

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