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Herb Alpert Quotes

Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert quotes: insight by the millionaire musician.

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices… today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”

“We always felt that if you do something with quality and integrity, then it’s going to come back to you.”

“Feel. That’s what it’s about. Anyone who hangs on for any amount of time has that extra dimension. It ain’t what do you do; it’s the way and how you do it.”

“I think it’s all about timing. I always want to stress that idea, that timing plays a big part in the success of any artist or any business or anything that you can think about doing.”

“Most people think, you sell a lot of records, and they see you on TV, and they think, ‘Ah, he’s really got it made. He’s really doing everything that I would like to be able to do.’ And it all comes with some baggage. So I worked my way through it, came out the other end, and I’m better for it.”

“I came to the realization that maybe I was trying too hard to be liked. I didn’t have to go out of my way to do anything unique to be liked.”

“I appreciate everything that’s happened to me, and I think the negative things that have happened in my life are the things that turned into a positive.”

“I’m from Los Angeles and I took a music appreciation class when I was eight years old. There was a table filled with instruments and I happened to pick up the trumpet because it fit my hand. I was short and I’m an introvert. Once I started making sounds on the trumpet I felt like it was talking for me. It changed my life.”

“The thing that I’m trying to keep alive is this idea that kids need to have a creative experience at an early age. It’s crucially important. They don’t have to play an instrument, but they can dance, sculpt, paint, write poetry—whatever fulfills their creative needs. If they stick to it and they get satisfaction from it, they can appreciate their own uniqueness. If they can appreciate their own uniqueness, hopefully they can appreciate the uniqueness in others. We could use a lot more of that these days.”

“That’s the experience I had when I was eight and it changed my life. They don’t have to become professionals when they do it, but I think that by being creative like that, they become innovators.”

“If you start feeling good about what you’re doing, it’ll fold over into your mature life and your adult life. What we need are innovators. This country was built on innovators. We’ve got to spark that feeling in kids. We beat this creative feeling out of them. You go into a grammar school for first grade or second grade, and you ask, ‘Is anybody in here creative?’ Everybody raises their hand. You try that in high school, and you won’t get the same result, because we beat the sh*t out of them when it comes to exercising that option.”

“I practice every day. I’ve been doing it since I was eight. I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play. It’s like a habit for me now. I just, if I don’t play, I kind of miss—something’s off.”

“I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure.”

“Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It’s something I will always do.”

“I’m not trying to impress anyone. I’m trying to express myself in a way that makes me feel good. When I feel good about it, that’s good enough.”

“I’m doing what I like to do. This is what I like to do. I know I’m helping a lot of people with the ideas we have through the Herb Alpert Foundation. I can’t say I’m missing anything. I always hope that people can wake up in the morning and feel impassioned about what they’re going to be doing the rest of their day. Although, in today’s environment, it’s really tough.”

“I keep doing this because I’m having fun.”

“All the art forms are very similar. They’re all about freedom. Freedom of expression and imagination. I don’t care if they’re republicans, democrats, independent—it doesn’t matter to me. They’re all looking for the same thing, man. They’re all looking to tell the truth through their instrument.”

“The reason that art is so beautiful, is that it gets you in the moment of your life, the exact moment of your life. So I think that’s why it’s so engaging.”

“Arts is like the power of now. When you’re performing, when you’re playing, when you’re sculpting, painting, it’s that moment. ‘I’m in the moment of my life, and that’s what I love to do.’ The artists are the heart and the soul of our democracy, period. They’re the second responders. They’re the ones we need. When we want to feel something, they’re out there giving us some information to let us know that we’re okay.”

“I feel very lucky that I’m able to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I want and what I’m going to be doing the rest of the day.”

“I have this need to return the favor that I’ve been given. I’ve been blessed way beyond my dreams. And instead of buying important paintings and sticking them on my wall, I wanted to do something for others. And because of the success I had on the trumpet, I’ve been able to pass it on.”

“I’m an old-timer in the business from the sense that when you do something that you feel good about there might be another person out there who feels the same way, or a hundred or a couple million.”

“I find that it’s nice to work with somebody and spin off on someone else’s feelings. You get a little jaded by yourself.”

“I think we as human beings need to be able to appreciate each other’s differences.”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

“You gotta live with yourself and you gotta sleep good at night. I try to do good things.”

“I like the idea of trying to learn how to do it right and all the things that I’m capable of doing. I want to keep my brain active as I get older.”

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend, or a meaningful day.”

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

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