Improvisation is not the expression of accident, but rather the accumulated yearnings, dreams, and wisdom of our very soul.—Yehudi Menuhin

Improvising does not have to mean playing bebop; it simply means making your own decisions about what to play.—Jeff Agrell

Somewhere deep inside there is a sound that is mine alone, and I struggle daily to hear it and tune my life to it.—Rachel Naomi Remen

For any age, a childlike attitude and tenacity of search are essential, and rewarding. Not all “creative” music-making needs to be great music that lasts forever. Through the doing, something genuine occurs which enhances all future music experience for the individual.—Gertrude Price Wollner

It is difficult to get the news from poems [or music]; yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.—William Carlos Williams
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