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Roy Ayers quotes

The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.

Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.

Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property.

You grow and learn a lot about the industry and what happens behind closed doors over the years.

I generally sell my records online or at the show. You can undersell the distributor and the stores, and people know what they're getting cause they've just seen you live.

Most artists have contracts directly with the record company, and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company. But I did mine through a production company.

Only a certain number of people go to a store over the period of a year. When a person sees my record on the shelf, it eliminates someone else's record from being sold. It's about continuing to try to find new ways to sell records.

What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.

I don't trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.

Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries.

A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music. They write words.

DJs and people in the street know what they like.

I always had this energy level that made me want to come to New York.

I don't like rap that you can't understand. The youth is so quick and alert.

I think music all the time.

I was with PolyGram; that was the big label that I was with for the longest, like 12 years.

I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good.

I'm celebrating my 40th year in show business this year.

I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened, it's a great compliment.

It's a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.