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    I'm glad [Ornette Coleman] is such an individualist. I like the firmness of thought and purpose that goes into what he's doing, even though I don't always like to listen to it. It's like living in a house where everything's painted red.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: living  thoughts 
     
    We're working as if it were going out of style-which of course it is.
    — Paul Desmond
    Our basic audience begins with creaking elderly types of twenty-three and above.
    — Paul Desmond
    Sometimes I get the feeling that there are orgies going on all over new York City, and somebody says, `Let's call Desmond,' and somebody else says, 'Why bother? He's probably home reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.'
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: reading 
     
    I was unfashionable before anyone knew who I was.
    — Paul Desmond
    I discovered early in life that if you take gym first period, you can go into the wrestling room and sit in the corner and sleep.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: sleep 
     
    We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: year 
     
    Not for me. If I want to tune everybody out, I just take off my glasses and enjoy the haze.
    — Paul Desmond
    It was never supposed to be a hit. It was supposed to be a Joe Morello drum solo.
    — Paul Desmond
    I would like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: age  father 
     
    Complexity can be a trap. You can have a ball developing a phrase, inverting it, playing it in different keys and times and all. But it's really more introspective than communicative. Like a crossword puzzle compared to a poem.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: time  key  poem 
     
    I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: mind 
     
    Milton, of all people, gave the most perfect definition of the state of mind required to play jazz: ' with wanton heed and giddy cunning.' That's how you play jazz.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: people  mind  definition 
     
    The qualities in music which I considered most important - and still do - were beauty, simplicity, originality, discrimination, and sincerity.
    — Paul Desmond
    Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
    — Paul Desmond
    tags: writing 
     
    I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast.
    — Paul Desmond
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