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“The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
"Always see everything,
"I like to look for things
no-one else catches."
"From infancy on, we are all spies.
The shame is not this
but that the secrets to be discovered
are so paltry and few."
March 3, 1995
Dmitri Matheny & The SOMA Ensemble
Visions of Kerouac
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, California
Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn
Rob Scheps, saxophones
John Heller, guitar
Bill Douglass, bass
Alan Jones, drums
March 3, 1999
SFJAZZ Duos Series
Dmitri Matheny & Taylor Eigsti
Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel
San Francisco, California
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
"Determine never to be idle. Don't ask. Act.
Your action will delineate and define you."
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
Engage your mind and heart, get up, and go."
—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
"How you gonna do it if you really don't wanna dance?
By standing on the wall? Get your back up off all wall!"
—Kool & The Gang
"Tatie gave me the key to the world--
a great explosion into life."
“I wished I had died before
I loved anyone but her."
"Always do right.
This will gratify some people
and astonish the rest."
"Be careful of your actions.
You never know when
you're creating a memory."
—Rickie Lee Jones
"Just do your best.
And if you get another chance,
do it better next time."
There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going!
There's no knowing where we're rowing,
Or which way they river's flowing!
Is it raining? Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Bah! Not a speck of light is showing,
So the danger must be growing,
Are the fires of hell a-blowing?
Is the grizzly reaper mowing?
Yes! The danger must be growing,
For the rowers keep on rowing,
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing...