Mary Lou Williams was a jazz pianist, arranger, and composer from the United States.
Best Mary Lou Williams Quotes
It’s not what you play, it’s how you play it. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
Anything you are shows up in your music – jazz is whatever you are, playing yourself, being yourself, letting your thoughts come through. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
Many people forget that Jazz, no matter what form it takes, must come from the heart as well as the mind. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
If you work on your talent, the plans will fall in automatically. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
Within a few hours I had them off, was about ready to play the shows. That night I opened, and during the week Harris was over to the house to talk my mother into letting me leave home. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
During the years I was with Andy Kirk we starved almost. I remember not eating for practically a month several times. But we were very, very happy because the music was so interesting, and you forgot to eat, anyway. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
I wonder what an agent would do if he had to travel with the band he’s booking. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
Famous Mary Lou Williams Quotes
Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
One way and another I was having a ball – playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
When Seymour saw me seated at the piano at that first rehearsal, he shouted: ‘What’s that kid doing here? Call your piano player and let’s get started.’ ~ Mary Lou Williams.
Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn’t consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done – unable to play except from paper. ~ Mary Lou Williams.
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