Sonny Sharrock quotes

  • I believe in knowing all you can about the music and the people who made the music. I think it's much more important to know some good Miles Davis stories than to know how to play like Miles. I think you'll play better if you know some of the funny things he did than if you know the licks that he played.
    -- Sonny Sharrock

    #Music #Believe #Thinking

  • Sometimes I see players that think, and you can tell they're thinking of the next phrase to play or the next thing to do, the next little cute trick, and that's sad, man, you know. That's not makin' music; that's puttin' together puzzles, you know. Music should flow from you and it should be a force; it should be feeling, all feeling, man.
    -- Sonny Sharrock

    #Cute #Music #Player

  • I’ve been trying to find a way for the terror and the beauty to live together in one song. I know it’s possible.
    -- Sonny Sharrock

    #Song #Trying #Together

  • I go out on stage, and my intention is to make the first four rows bleed from their ears.
    -- Sonny Sharrock

    #Four #Firsts #Ears

  • I’ve been trying to find a way for the terror and the beauty to live together in one song. I know it’s possible.
    -- Sonny Sharrock

    #Song #Trying #Together

  • Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it.

  • The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes", And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be "No."

  • Is there a meaning to music? Yes. Can you state in so many words what the meaning is? No.

  • The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.

  • The gods have fled, I know. My sense is the gods have always been essentially absent. I do not believe human beings have played games or sports from the beginning merely to summon or to please or to appease the gods. If anthropologists and historians believe that, it is because they believe whatever they have been able to recover about what humankind told the gods humankind was doing. I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of eachother and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know.

  • Psychoanalysts believe that the only "normal" people are those who cause not trouble to either themselves or anyone else.

  • I was a narrative historian, believing more and more as I matured that the first function of the historian was to answer the child's question, "What happened next?

  • The interesting adults are always the school failures, the weird ones, the losers, the malcontents, this isn’t wishful thinking. It’s the rule.

  • Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited.

  • Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood.