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Glenn Miller - Great Quotes

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I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.

thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians, but the hell of it, no one else did.

By giving the public a rich and full melody, distinctly arranged and well played, all the time creating new tone colors and patterns, I feel we have a better chance of being successful. I want a kick to my band, but I don't want the rhythm to hog the spotlight.

"We didn't come here to set any fashions in music. We merely came to bring a much-needed touch of home to some lads who have been here a couple of years." ...written to George Simon from England in 1944

"A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality."

"I haven't got a great jazz band and I don't want one. Some of the critics, Down Beat's among them, point their fingers at us and charge us with forsaking real jazz . . . It's all in what you define as 'real jazz.' It happens that to our ears harmony comes first. A dozen colored bands have a better beat than mine. Our band stresses harmony." ...1940

"It's been a big week for our side. Over on the beaches of Normandy our boys have fired the opening guns of the long awaited drive to liberate the world." ...during a radio broadcast of "I Sustain the Wings" on June 10, 1944


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