BENNY GOODMAN QUOTES

“I don’t believe in labeling music. Music is just music.”

“I suppose the emphasis on the physical is because internationally the physical is easier to understand in a performance aspect.”

“Music is an art that expresses only the inexpressible.”

“If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selling music, not prejudice.”

“I firmly believe that the only way to make music live again is to perform it.”

“I don’t like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped on the basketball court or the bandstand, I felt like I was the best player in the world.”

“The thing that counts most in music is what’s behind it.”

“Swing is quite free and assumes no rules. It just goes. Swing is a lot freer than people think it is.”

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.”

“A good pianist can make an orchestra sound great, but a bad pianist can make an orchestra sound terrible.”

“Music can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.”

“A band ought to play with personality.”

“The clarinet is an expressive instrument that allows you to create your own sound.”

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”

“When you attach importance to talent, then we’ll have multiple prodigies.”

“Jazz to me is freedom.”

“To me, swing is too broad to describe adequately. It means an intensity, vivacity, an impulse to move.”

“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”

“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine novelist. The harmonies and rhythms are carefully designed around the melodies.”

“I always had to keep improving. The better you get, the better you have to get.”

“I think the satisfaction of reaching a wider audience is very rewarding.”

“Artie Shaw once told me, ‘You have a choice. You either get up and play every day or you become a machine.'”

“The idea is to play the music and not let the music play you.”

“In music, the only label you need is ‘good.'”

“The audience is your best critic.”

“Talent is something rare. Never lose it, always cherish it.”

“I don’t know what other people are like, but to me, music is forever.”

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”

“Accuracy is important, but the most important thing is to play with soul.”

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”