‘The essence of music is punctuated silence’

Dave van Ronk with Elijah Wald, The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir, Da Capo Press, 2005/2006; p. 11


“That was a real education and I have spent the rest of my life working with what I learned on those Saturday afternoons at Jack’s place….I learned how to listen.”

“Jack taught me that less is more…Never use two notes when one will do. Never use one note when silence will do. The essence of music is punctuated silence.”


“Will do”. Interesting concept.



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