“It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.” ~ Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930)
Ornette Coleman is an award-winning American Jazzman, saxophonist, and composer. According to Wikipedia, “he was one of the major innovators of the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s.” Ornette Coleman remains a performer with latest performance citation in 2009!
[Sources: Quotation from my friend James Bertolino. Date and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed November 11, 2010.]
We can’t reach perfection; we are allowed to make mistakes, especially if we learn from those mistakes. After we make a mistake, it is important to acknowledge it and then move on.
We can work toward mastery of our chosen work. I am reminded of this by masters such as Jazzman Ornette Coleman and Poet James Bertolino.