I go about composing like a factory worker. I punch in. I believe it's written somewhere "Steve Swallow has to sit uneasily at the piano for ten hours before receiving his next idea," so I sit there as patiently as possible. Eventually, an idea always comes, and then the rest is science.Steve Swallow
"Steve Swallow" is a jazz bassist and composer noted for his numerous collaborations.
Swallow is noted for collaborations with Jimmy Giuffre, Gary Burton and Carla Bley. He was also one of the first double bassists in jazz to switch entirely to electric bass guitar, on which he has a distinctively nimble sound.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Steve Swallow on Wikipedia.
As for the Beatles: I was very taken by them during their brief career. I was impressed most by the quality of their songwriting, and by George Martin's production. But their importance to me faded fairly quickly after they broke up, as my interests shifted. I think in the end I was much more decisively influenced by some of their influences, most particularly Motown.Steve Swallow
If a commission comes in for tuba and gorilla, she'll write a piece for tuba and gorilla, and it'll come out sounding like her. I think the humor in her music is ... like her thumbprint. And I would have to say that extends into her life away from music as well. I think it would be impossible for her to remain somber for more than a few minutes at a stretch.Steve Swallow
Composing is as important to me as playing. My feeling is that playing and composing support and nourish each other. I'd be a lesser player if I didn't write, and a lesser writer if I didn't play. Composing is tremendously difficult and painful for me, and I often go to great lengths to avoid it.Steve Swallow