Mr. Steve Haines
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
Music Is My Mistress by Duke Ellington
"I read this book while I was in college, practicing hard to becoming a better musician. In this book, Duke Ellington taught me to listen to my inner ear. We must follow what we were born to do. There are pressures from many places to have certain tastes, to act a certain way, to believe in certain things- we must stand up and be what we want to be. He also taught me about passion and hard work. This book has inspired me as a husband, as a musician, as a teacher, and as a human being."