"Fortunately I had a great teacher, Miles Davis, who helped me to find my way. -- It took me years to figure out: if I wanted to follow him, I had to follow myself and bring the answer from myself. That’s what a master teacher does.
Miles was non-judgmental. He never told us he didn’t like what we played, never said 'Don’t do this, don’t do that’. I remember I played a real wrong chord at the peak of a great evening when Miles was soloing. He played some notes that made my chord right. It blew my mind. He didn’t hear it as a wrong chord, he just heard it as something that had happened and he took the responsibility of making something out of it. And I try to do the same thing myself.
Take whatever happens and try to make it work. This is the essence of my experience with Miles and it’s always present. I don’t feel that I’m missing Miles because I don’t feel he’s gone. It’s like that for a lot of the people that have played with Miles.
Now I try to live up to this experience and turn anything that happens into something of value for my life. It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles, that’s the key to happiness.-- Hidden underneath every obstacle is something of value and it’s your responsibility to find out what that is. When you’re not afraid of any obstacles because you know that there is some way to look at them that can move your life forward, then you’re free. I don’t know of any other freedom that goes beyond that." - Herbie Hancock @herbiehancockofficial (Excerpt taken from The Telegraph "Herbie Hancock interview" by Stefan Hentz) (Includes photography by Francis Wolff; NPR Music) #herbiehancock #artist #jazz #piano #master #teacher #wisdom #insight #humility #exploration #experience #freedom #losangeles #la #cityofangels #culturecultivator #musician #vocalist #writer #producer #music #art #film #jazzmusic #midweek #encouragement #mindset #wednesday #werkwednesday #jazzovereverything