Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sonny Rollins

Listened to an interview with Sonny Rollins tonight. What he said below is what I'd say about painting too ...

Sonny Rollins:

“What happens when I perform … what I do is actually what I don’t do. I don’t think about the music. I just get into the moment and the music sort of plays itself … so the secret to improvisation … the kind of music that we play … is not to think about what you’re doing. The music plays itself. You just want to reach a subconscious level where things happen much much better … much more than I can think about it.”

17 March 2010 radio interview with Tom Ashbrook ... On Point, National Public Radio (WBUR) .
Sonny Rollins was responding to the question: " [on stage] … what’s going through your mind?”

1 comment:

  1. How many times have I heard you say pretty much the same thing? That you think before and after you paint, but never during.



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