Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week: Alvin Ailey

alvin_ailey.jpg"Its roots are in American Negro culture, which is part of the whole country's heritage. But the dance speaks to everyone. Otherwise it wouldn't work."

Alvin Ailey

(5 Jan. 1931 - 1 Dec. 1, 1989), modern dancer, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Quote of the Week: Jackson Pollack

"Every good painter paints what he is."

Jackson Pollack (28 Jan. 1912 - 11 Aug. 1956), influential American abstract expressionist painter.

Quote of the Week: Ron Carter

Ron Carter (born 4 May 1937), legendary American jazz double-bassist who has played on thousands of albums and played with most of the giants in jazz and rock.

Quote of the Week: Coco Chanel

coco_chanel.jpg"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little -- if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."

Coco Chanel (19 Aug. 1883 - 10 Jan. 1971), pioneering French fashion designer.

Quote of the Week: Neil deGrasse Tyson

"We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk, and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there."

Neil deGrasse Tyson (born 5 October 1958), American astrophysicist.

Quote of the Week: Anaïs Nin

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"I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic -- in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself." (March 25, 1933)

Anaïs Nin (21 Feb. 1903 - 14 Jan. 1977), French-born author.

Quote of the Week: Walter Becker

"My primary influences were the best jazz players from the '50s and '60s and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians."

Walter Becker (20 February 1950 - 2 September 2017) American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder of the American rock band Steely Dan. RIP, Walter.

Quote of the Week: Henry David Thoureau

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"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business."

Henry David Thoureau (12 July 1817 - 6 May 1862), American author and philosopher.

Quote of the Week: Sam Shepard

"To sing a song is quite different than to write a poem. I'm not and never will be a novelist, but to write a novel is not the same thing as writing a play. There is a difference in form, but essentially what you're after is the same thing."

Sam Shepard (5 November 1943 - 27 July 2017), American actor, writer, playwright, director, winner of three Pulitzer Prices in theater. I shall always remember your brilliant play/musical The Tooth of Crime at La Mama Theatre starring Ray Wise. Or the Quaid Brothers in True West at the Cherry Lane Theater. I'd forgotten that you and Bob Dylan wrote the epic "Brownsville Girl" from Dylan's Knocked Out Loaded. You were a guy's guy; a dude well before The Big Lebowski. RIP, Sam.

Quote of the Week: Kamasi Washington

“Money isn't real, fame isn't real. The only thing that's real is hearing a song in your head and making it come to life.”

Kamasi Washington (born February 18, 1981), American jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader.

Quote of the Week: Alan Holdsworth

"Don't let your hands dictate what you think you can do. Look at fingerboard charts and imagine your eyes dancing on the notes you want to play, and forget about whether your hands can do it or not. Just try it."

Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017), British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in prog rock and jazz fusion. He was in the super group U.K. with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton as well as Soft Machine, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime. An amazingly talented guitarist, his contributions to music will be missed. RIP, Mr. Holdsworth.

Quote Of The Week: Don Rickles

"Political correctness? In my humor, I never talk about politics. I was never much into all that."

Don Rickles (8 May 8 1926 - 6 April 2017) - American actor, comedian and master roast master. RIP, Don, you were one funny man.

Quote of the Week: Keith Haring

"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it."

Keith Haring (4 May 1958 - 16 February 1990), American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war.

Quote of the Week: Mark Twain

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain (30 November 1835 - 21 April 1910), American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.

Quote of the Week: Carrie Fisher

"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

Carrie Frances Fisher (21 October 1956 - 27 December 2016), American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. RIP, Miss Fisher, and may the force with you!

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