Quotations Marked 10

“As far as music itself goes, 

the simplest thing to forget is that what music is about…

is creating the kind of things that you think are beautiful.

In other words, when you sit… and you’re creating,

you have to learn to be certain about what you like.

Not what you think sounds good to someone else.

First thing is…

you have to learn your own heart and your own mind about sound.

So whatever you think is beautiful, that’s what’s beautiful,

and you have to pursue that road.

Chick Corea

American Jazz Pianist & Composer (1941-2021)

Chick Corea certainly knew a thing or two about creating beautiful music.

My introduction to his magical creations was through the stunning 1973 ECM album he made with vibraphonist Gary Burton titled Crystal Silence.


Chick Corea’s composition “Crystal Silence” is the first track on Side 2 of this album. It has remained one of my top-10 favorite pieces of music to both listen to and to play ever since I first heard it way back when.

I wish I could share that recording with you here, but the track from that album is not available on YouTube. The following live performance from September, 2019 featuring Mr. Corea and Mr. Burton is.

It is (almost) equally spectacular.

I highly recommend that you slip on your best headphones and take the time to watch and listen.

You’ll be glad you did!

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6 Responses to Quotations Marked 10

  1. Kathryn Klem says:

    Great insights here on music! it’s so important in our lives. Thanks for always sharing your music finds, insights and information. You make it interesting and fun to learn.

  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Great quote on music.

  3. Chuck Rhoades says:

    I’ve loved Chick Corea’s music since I happened upon a Return to Forever concert in college in the 70s. Discovering his work with Miles Davis, his solo career, and innumerable collaborations like the one you refer to here, has been joyous. His recent death saddened many, but his legacy lives on.

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