Mahavishnu John McLaughlin Quotes

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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin, Chick Corea’s 75th Birthday, Blue Note Jazz Club, New York City, 10 December 2016
Background information
Also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Born (1942-01-04) 4 January 1942 (age 75)
Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Genres Jazz fusion, world fusion, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Douglas, Columbia, Verve, Abstract Logix
Associated acts Miles Davis, Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, Remember Shakti, Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Katia Labèque, Zakir Hussain, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joey DeFrancesco
Notable instruments

Gibson EDS-1275
Gibson L-4
Gibson Hummingbird
Fender Mustang
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Abraham Wechter-built “Shakti guitar”
Ovation acoustic

My entire life is dedicated to music, and at my age, that makes a lot of years! But all the work and dedication is only that I'm able to forget myself and let the music do the 'talking.'
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
There are two kinds of success. One is musical or artistic and the other is commercial.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
You can have the greatest player in terms of mastering an instrument and you could be yawning your head off when you hear them. So, it's not what you do, but the way you're doing it and in the end that's all that we have.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are.
The moment you start to talk about playing music, you destroy music. It cannot be talked about. It can only be played, enjoyed and listened to.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
I don't have any particular goals in making a recording. In a way the recording is itself the goal. The music comes into my mind, and from there the main job is to give form to it.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
The mathematics of rhythm are universal. They don't belong to any particular culture.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic, love is the key element. I really love to play with different musicians who come from different cultural backgrounds.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
In my opinion, there is one singular problem with religions in general: they are exclusive. To me, this exclusivity is not right.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Interplay and interaction are the integral parts of music – they're as important as the notes.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
I've been more or less vegetarian for about 40 years. Health diet really helps. I do meditation every day, and either yoga or sport several times a week.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
I don't have any message in the music. Music will be fine as long as you take care of yourself.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
I've been studying the cultures of Asia for many years, and I'm very attracted to the culture of Japan, in particular to the impact Zen has had on the Japanese mind and spirit.
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin