Mary Lou Williams quotes

  • I wonder what an agent would do if he had to travel with the band he's booking.
    -- Mary Lou Williams

    #Musical #Band #Agents

  • Many people forget that Jazz, no matter what form it takes, must come from the heart as well as the mind.
    -- Mary Lou Williams

    #Music #Heart #People

  • 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

    #Mother #Home #Night

  • It's not what you play, it's how you play it.
    -- Mary Lou Williams

    #Play

  • If you work on your talent, the plans will fall in automatically.
    -- Mary Lou Williams

    #Fall #Talent #Plans

  • 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

    #Mother #Long #Four

  • 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

    #Home #Sick #Support

  • 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 wouldnt 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

    #Play #House #Done

  • 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

    #Being Yourself #Musical #Jazz

  • 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

    #Party #Night #Play