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John Zorn Quotes & Quotations
John Zorn
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    All I really wanted to do with that series was to give good musicians a chance to explore what Jewish music is and could be for them. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    As soon as you get a certain amount of attention, then everybody kinda wants to start taking pot shots at you. All your old friends that supported you don't support you any more. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    Eye was a great discovery. He is one of the great vocalists of all time. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    For about seven years. I really like it there. There are a lot of great musicians. The scene is very open. A lot of stuff going on. People's ears are really open, they are not closed. A lot of scenes here, people just get tunnel vision and are into one thing. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    I don't control it at all. It's all up to the musicians in the group. They control it. They make all the cues, and they tell me what they want, and then I act like a mirroring device so that everyone can see what the cues are. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    I have about two or three people, we don't have an office, we don't even have a dedicated phone line. We do it out of our own homes, and we make it work. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can, in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach put their influences together. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    I run around, I listen to a lot of music, go to a lot of concerts. And when I see someone that gases me, I try to go out of my way to involve them somehow in what I'm doing or get involved in what they're doing. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    I see myself and many artists like me as the torchbearers through these dark ages. John-ZornJohn Zorn
  • 10
    It breaks even. We lose ten, twenty grand every year. But then the people who are working say, Look, I'll kick this back in, I don't need to take this profit share. It's very cooperative. John-ZornJohn Zorn
  • 11
    It's a blast to watch. It's a lot more interesting live than it is on record. I mean, it really is a theatrical event. It's a sporting event! Cause you never know what's gonna happen. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    It's a matter of keeping people on a spontaneous edge. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    Like you have seven people with their hands up. I gotta make a choice. Y'know, that's tough. Sometimes I gotta go with someone that has an idea and make several calls in a row, because they got an idea. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    One of the reasons I started Tzadik, which is my own label, is to keep things in print. I got tired of labels dropping things out of print when they don't sell. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    That was my challenge as a composer. Like with anything, to keep yourself interested in doing what you do, you set yourself challenges. So I said, Okay, I'll try to write a hundred tunes in a year. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    The idealists will always be in society, and we will survive. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    They're never sure who's going to take the first solo, or how long they're going to play. That gives the music itself a fresh, exciting quality. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    When I'm writing, sometimes it gets to that place where I feel like the piece is writing itself and I'm trying not to get in the way. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    You can't be idealistic in this world and not be crazy. John-ZornJohn Zorn
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    You know, it's really easy to support someone who is doing horrible. How can you give any sympathy to someone who is supposedly doing well? John-ZornJohn Zorn
  • 21
    You know, when we were kids, we had to go to a theater to see a movie. And then television came in and you had to wait until midnight to see the one you wanted to see. Now, all you've got to do is go to a store and buy it and you can watch it whenever you want! John-Zorn/">John Zorn