Any good music must be an innovation.
I've never believed in cheapening music by going according to what some people think is public taste.
I was working all the time I was in college. I was working so much that I could hardly do my college work.
I've been down there 6 times and there's nothing like Brazilian percussion.
In a sense, a hit belongs to the person who made it popular, but if a tune is good enough to attain tremendous success, then it certainly deserves more than one version, one treatment, one approach.
I love doing concert music.
I write emotional music.
You know, they wanted to do a Broadway album and every show was kind of a bomb. There was no music at all.
Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
Well, that's the secret of commerciality, a simple style and you stick with it.
I don't try to make 15 musicians sound like two each.