Of all the pitfalls in our paths and the tremendous delays and wandering a off the track I want to say that they are not what they seem to be. I want to say that all that seems like fantastic mistakes are not mistakes, all that seems like error is not error; and it all has to be done. That which seems like a false step is the next step.
A few of my favorites of Thelonious Monk’s list of tips for playing a gig:
You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?
Make the drummer sound good.
Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along + do it. A genius is the one most like himself.
And, of course:
They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along + spoil it.