Jazz great Charlie Parker once said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” What do you think he meant by

Jazz great Charlie Parker once said, “If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.” What do you think he meant by this? Do you agree with him? Does his sentiment apply to other forms of music beyond jazz? Why or why not?

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  1. well its actually this so copy and paste this I believe that this quote is saying that music is a way to express who you are, or in simpler terms your life. Whether that includes thought, wisdom or experiences, they all make up your life and what kind of person you are. I also picked up that if you do not believe in your music or anything that your are doing; for example it might be your occupation. So, if you are not passionate about it you will not excel at what you do. Music is another way to express  your feelings without words, and personally i think it is a more efficient way to communicate or get your feelings out there without hurting anyone or a person knowing your personal business. This quote is meaningful and has a lot of truth. I think this may just be my life motto because it packs so much meaning in two sentences.

  2. I agree with the statement that "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." Jazz is special among all music genres that one's own experiences, ideas, and heart shows through in how it is played. Quite often with the same piece of music, two people will play it very differently. You get to understand a jazz musician and he or she lives life from listening to the music. It is also the difference between someone who plays music and a true musician.

  3. Yes I do agree and what he meant by this is if you don't do something kind of dangerous you won't come out for your shell...or that's what I think

  4. Parker wanted to say that jazz has to be felt and experienced to be played. I find this to be true, as the music that is made with genuine feeling will make us feel more connected to it, especially when it conveys ideas of personal and political struggle, as jazz often does. However, this sentiment can be applied to any type of music. The audience can feel the honest sensation in the music, and the art is supposed to wake up strong feelings in us – any genre that does this will tend to be better and more successful.


    Charlie Parker meant that if you don’t truly feel, experience, and mean the music you are playing and it’s sentiment, it just won’t sound right or you must feel incompetent to play music at all. Music is a form of art, and like any art, it is strongly connected to the emotions and the artist performing it. Because of that, it is vital for musicians to feel what they are playing. This especially is connected to jazz as it is the music that started in the African American community and speaks of their problems and experiences.

    This quote, of course, should not be taken literally  – while musicians can play what they don’t connect personally with, I agree that people will less likely listen to that kind of performance. The audience responds better if they find the music to be a genuine, artist to be honest, and if it evokes some deep feelings in them. This is why I think it’s important that the artists feel a strong connection to their art, maybe even to live through it themselves.

    This connection does not only have to appear in jazz music, but with various types of art and music. It is more important when it comes to the music of certain communities or music that conveys political ideas, but any type of song will work better if it shares personal feelings and thoughts. We might think this is less important in popular and mainstream music, but even in these genres, we can notice the honest artist who writes their own work will do better.

    The reason for this success of personal music is the fact that the audience wants to hear authentic experience and feel the candid sensation. The art of any genre that has a strong impact on the audience tends to be more accepted, as the audience can connect to it, and with the author better.

  5. I think Charlie Parker is saying that music can be a way to show how you are as a person. I agree with him. I think that this could be used for other forms of music besides jazz because you can show who you are as a person while playing an instrument or performing.


  6. I believe it means that if you haven't truly experienced the message you are trying to play, it won't come out authentic or it won't come out at all. I completely agree with this statement. We can see many examples in our society where we should educate ourselves on a subject before we try to preach it. Imagine this: If you were trying to write a novel about George Washington but knew nothing about him or his life, what kind of book would that be? A pretty bad one, if you ask me. Also, if you're not passionate about him and his work, either in a positive or negative light, your overall work won't be very enthusiastic and will probably be boring to read. In artistry, you need to express yourself and your opinions loud and proud. The best pieces of works are the ones you pour your heart and soul into. An art piece that isn't a piece of you is not a good piece.

    (I didn't know how long you needed this to be so I just wrote a short little thing. Feel free to use this as a base to make something longer as you need it!)

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