Best Quotes About Music

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. -Samuel Johnson

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them. -Louis Armstrong

He has Van Gogh's ear for music. -Billy Wilder

All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song. -Louis Armstrong

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I'll say it. -John Lennon

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. -Walter Lippmann

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. -Richard M. Nixon

Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant. -Ani DiFranco

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music. -Allan Bloom

You're talking to someone who really understands rock music. -Tipper Gore

This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it. -Samuel Goldwyn

Please write music like Wagner, only louder. -Samuel Goldwyn

Without music, life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. -Igor Stravinsky

These days what's not worth saying gets set to music. -Pierre Beaumarchais

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. -William Stafford

I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. -Charles Baudelaire

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle. -Heinrich Heine

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. -Gustav Mahler

You are the music while the music lasts. -T. S. Eliot

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once. -Robert Browning

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. -Kin Hubbard

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. -Aldous Huxley

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. -Dennis Gabor

What passions cannot music raise or quell? -John Dryden

I call architecture frozen music. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. -Billie Holiday

Look, I'm 40, I'm single, and I work in musical theater – you do the math! -Nathan Lane

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. -Bob Marley

If music be the food of love, play on. -William Shakespeare

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. -Elvis Presley

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make. -Truman Capote

I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true. -Pablo Casals

The ear disapproves but tolerates certain musical pieces; transfer them into the domain of our nose, and we will be forced to flee. -Jean Cocteau

Cocktail music is accepted as audible wallpaper. -Alistair Cooke

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning. -Aaron Copland

The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music. -Peter De Vries

God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way. -Arturo Toscanini

Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts. -Rebecca West

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly… music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees. -Andres Segovia

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. -Andres Segovia

The martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth. -Frank Sinatra

A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O. -Ira Gershwin

One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music. -Stephen Sondheim

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music. -Isaac Stern

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading. -Igor Stravinsky

My music is best understood by children and animals. -Igor Stravinsky

I am an inventor of music. -Igor Stravinsky

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down. -Virgil Thomson

Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors. -Donal Henahan

The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose. -Donal Henahan

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin. -Pope John Paul II

A 'scream' is always just that – a noise and not music. -Carl Jung

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego. -William Kennedy

That's why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness. -Corita Kent

Harpo Marx looks like a musical comedy. -Walter Kerr

I danced with passion to spite the music. -Gelsey Kirkland

His music was direct from his heart and brain in the purest form possible. -Joshua Logan

Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power. -Marcel Marceau

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds. -Henry Moore

If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration. -Robert Moses

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense. -Robert Frost

Musicians own music because music owns them. -Virgil Thomson

It might be argued that genuine spontaneity is not really possible or desirable so long as printed scores of great works exist. All modern musicians are, for better or worse, prisoners of Gutenberg. -Donal Henahan

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music. -Marcel Marceau

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. -Thomas Merton

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often. -Paracelsus

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. -William Shakespeare

Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life? -George Edward Woodberry

I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music. -Glenda Jackson

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. -John Greenleaf Whittier

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. -Henry David Thoreau

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. -Abraham Maslow

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune. -Phillips Brooks

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung. -Phillips Brooks

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. -Warren Bennis

People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still. -Milan Kundera

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. -Johann Sebastian Bach

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead. -Igor Stravinsky

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? -Khalil Gibran

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. -Jimmy Carter

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. -Leonardo da Vinci

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. -Vladimir Nabokov

There was a time when the music fell silent. Both within me and around me. -Agnetha Faltskog

The kind of music I like depends very much on my mood. -Frida Lyngstad

If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words. -Dolly Parton

When a singer truly feels and experiences what the music is all about, the words will automatically ring true. -Montserrat Caballe

We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music. -Barbara Sher

Pop is actually my least favorite kind of music, because it lacks real depth. -Christina Aguilera

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. -Henny Youngman

I've dated the sweet mama's boy, the musician rocker, the struggling artist – basically a lot of people without jobs. -Alyssa Milano

My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason. -Will Smith

Nature's music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions. -Mary Webb

One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. -Baruch Spinoza

The only reason that you do visual is solely for the visual. That's the only reason. It doesn't sell your music for you. -Shania Twain

Without a doubt, the best way to get to know me is through my music. -Shania Twain

Country music is still your grandpa's music, but it's also your daughter's music. It's getting bigger and better all the time and I'm glad to be a part of it. -Shania Twain

Shania Twain brought a whole other fan base to country music with her sound, the way the videos were produced. -Faith Hill

Doesn't anyone here think this sounds like a vision of hell? While we are all competing or dying, when will there be time for sex or music or books? Stop the world, I want to get off. -Howard Stringer

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again. -Paula Cole

In music the passions enjoy themselves. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. -Steve Martin

There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone. -Duke Ellington

For me, music and life are all about style. -Miles Davis

It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it. -Miles Davis

Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer. -Bette Midler

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie. -Agnes de Mille

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music. -Aretha Franklin

Music has brought me some of the highest moments of my life. I don't even hear the music. I don't even hear the notes. I'm not aware that someone has turned on a tape machine – I'm in another world. -Jane Seymour

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try. -Mary Kay Ash

There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music. -Jim Davis

There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music. -John Keats

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do – can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do. -Barbara Sher

To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life miracle to miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

When words leave off, music begins. -Heinrich Heine

Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life. That comes through in Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson. There is no separating their life from their music. -Lyle Lovett

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. -Paul Simon

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. -Billy Joel

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. -Bruce Springsteen

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. -Edith Sitwell

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts. -Axel Munthe

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. -George Jean Nathan

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys. -Marvin Gaye

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. -Ray Charles

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil. -Ray Charles

I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it. -Nat King Cole

You don't need any brains to listen to music. -Luciano Pavarotti

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. -Martin Luther

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. -Martin Mull

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it. -Thomas Beecham

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' -Aaron Copland

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars. -Gustave Flaubert

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance… poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. -Ezra Pound

Stone walls confine a tinker; cold iron binds a witch; but a musician's music can never be fettered, for it lives first in her heart and mind. -Charles de Lint

Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician. -Jeff Cooper

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. -Ingmar Bergman

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory. -Thomas Beecham

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony. -Benjamin Britten

Music is spiritual. The music business is not. -Van Morrison

If a guy's got it, let him give it. I'm selling music, not prejudice. -Benny Goodman

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win – if you don't, you won't. -Caitlyn Jenner

Sport is an international phenomenon, like science or music. -Avery Brundage

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. -Henry Miller

The way I feel about music is that there is no right and wrong. Only true and false. -Fiona Apple

It's a radical time for musicians, a really revolutionary time, and I believe revolutions like Napster are a lot more fun than cash, which by the way we don't have at major labels anyway, so we might as well get with it and get in the game. -Courtney Love

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. -Igor Stravinsky

I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being – a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit. -Yehudi Menuhin

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -Henry David Thoreau

Hell is full of musical amateurs. -George Bernard Shaw

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. -Jean Cocteau

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet. -Bob Dylan

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. -Lou Rawls

I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music. -John Coltrane

You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you're got music. -Sid Vicious

The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes. -Thomas Beecham

Movie music is noise… even more painful than my sciatica. -Thomas Beecham

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity. -William Wordsworth

In memory everything seems to happen to music. -Tennessee Williams

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. -Joseph Addison

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet. -George Eliot

The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. -Havelock Ellis

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. -Samuel Butler

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart. -Henry Ward Beecher

Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven. -Walter Benjamin

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. -Napoleon Bonaparte

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. -Ursula K. Le Guin

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. -Izaak Walton

The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions. -Paul Klee

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. -Ludwig van Beethoven

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine. -Stephen Leacock

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music. -Denis Diderot

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation. -Marguerite Duras

People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around – the music and the ideas. -Bob Dylan

I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'. -Clay Aiken

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. -Thomas Carlyle

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. -Noel Coward

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. -Truman Capote

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end. -Ben Jonson

The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral. -H. L. Mencken

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. -Thomas Mann

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. -Henry Miller

We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets – we remember only. -Henry Miller

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. therefore, respect every musician in his proper place. -Robert Schumann

Canned music is like audible wallpaper. -Alistair Cooke

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation – what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. -William Lyon Phelps

For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. -Plato

Philosophy is the highest music. -Plato

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord. -Plutarch

All the sounds of the earth are like music. -Oscar Hammerstein II

There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it. -Ronnie Wood

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. -Groucho Marx

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. -Stanley Kubrick

I hate music, especially when it's played. -Jimmy Durante

There are more bad musicians than there is bad music. -Isaac Stern

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. -Albert Einstein

This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for. -Bruce Springsteen

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can. -Virgil Thomson

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing. -Virgil Thomson

Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations. -Alfred Jarry

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff. -Frank Zappa

Silence is more musical than any song. -Christina Rossetti

I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds. -Dizzy Gillespie

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. -E. W. Howe

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. -Aaron Copland

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world. -Peter Ustinov

Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes. -Bill Cosby

It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness. -Havelock Ellis

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance. -Francoise Sagan

I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase. -Stendhal

No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to. -Frank Zappa

Music's been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal. -Ray Charles

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man. -Ray Charles

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory. -Ray Charles

My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever. -Bob Marley

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. -Kurt Cobain

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master. -Duke Ellington

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. -Oscar Wilde

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener. -Arvo Part

Don't worry about what others say about your music. Pursue whatever you are hearing… but if everybody really hates your music maybe you could try some different approaches. -Wynton Marsalis

When I auditioned for my high school band the band director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician. When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?' -Wynton Marsalis

I love music, I love all kinds of music, particularly jazz. Jazz is an extension of America. There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

As Governor, I could think of only one way to unify our State that was made up of so many different climates, political beliefs and people, and that was our music. -Lamar Alexander

It is a rare American who does not have some story about how music has made our lives richer and more interesting, how it has changed our moods, brought out the best in our character and even sometimes helped us earn a living. -Lamar Alexander

I think its so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn't exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no ones ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips. -Michelle Branch

I would love to be in musical theater and be on Broadway. If someone were to offer me a position to do something like that, I wouldnt pass it down. Im a huge fan of musicals and I really want to do that. -Michelle Branch

If you're an actress or a musician, everyone thinks you're hot. -Natalie Portman

I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University. -Alan Greenspan

The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn't be able to do that. -Oscar Peterson

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. -Benny Green

Country music is three chords and the truth. -Harlan Howard

In our music, in our everyday life, there are so many negative things. Why not have something positive and stamp it with blackness? -Jamie Foxx

The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records. -Richard Branson

The only time I would like to see was the 20s and 30s in America because I love the music and the style and the optimism, I wanted to see New York being built. I wanted to see all that, you know. -Billy Connolly

I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it. -Christina Applegate

We all sing about the things we're thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can't talk about. It works a real treat. -Anthony Head

I've been in the studio experimenting on making a CD of my own. I'm trying out different producers, styles, sounds. With music, as opposed to acting, you are not playing a character. You are showing people who you are. I really want to have my spirit in it. -Emmy Rossum

I'm kind of insane when it comes to music, a little obsessed. -Elijah Wood

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending. -Igor Stravinsky

Yes, death is strong, but look you, the strongest, Stronger is music than death. -Franz Werfel

I enjoy being happy every day, and hopefully you can hear my happiness in my music. Life is beautiful. -Christina Milian

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music. -Frank Capra

My musical development stopped when Frank Sinatra died. -Alex Trebek

There are people hell-bent on the idea that we're a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It's simply about life experience. -Amy Lee

I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there's so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument. -Bill Frisell

After touring with David Bowie last year, I was inspired to look at what I wanted to do as an artist, and I realized I wanted to go back to the music I fell in love with when I was eight years old. -Emm Gryner

I love a lot of things, and I'm pretty much obsessive about most things I do, whether it be gardening, or architecture, or music. I'd be an obsessive hairdresser. -Gates McFadden

For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the results of this evening's experiments. Astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever. -Arthur Sullivan

Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love. -Hector Berlioz

Basically we just created our own label, but again we just did it to document our own music and create our own thing, so the major labels were just always out of our picture, we're not interested. -Ian MacKaye

I started studying music at the age of five and a half. My older sister was taking piano lessons. When her teacher left our apartment, I would get up on the piano bench and start picking out the notes that were part of my sister's lessons. -Marvin Hamlisch

I was always drawn to Broadway musicals, and obviously composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin and Porter were writing music that I found wildly impressive. -Marvin Hamlisch

I've always expressed my love for fashion through my music. -Lil' Kim

Retire? Not on your life. I have no plans to stop singing. What are you going to do when you love music? It's a terrible disease. You can't stop. Of course, I'd like to get off the road. -Peggy Lee

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it became known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of programme music – should there be any left – would go mad with joy. -Alban Berg

I remember really bonding with the first generation kids, the Chinese Canadian kids, and in high school bonding with the Latin kids and the East Indian kids. It was very interesting because it made me open to lots of musical sounds. -Nelly Furtado

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. -Marguerite Yourcenar

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

My musical director, Mark Cherry, is the most wonderful person who ever lived on God's good green Earth. He's my director, he does the arrangements. Really, he does everything – including certain janitorial chores! -Brett Somers

First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. -Carlos Santana

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about. -Carlos Santana

My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly. -Carlos Santana

Personally, I think young musicians need to learn to play more than one style. Jazz can only enhance the classical side, and classical can only enhance the jazz. I started out playing classical, because you have to have that as a foundation. -Doc Severinsen

I thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians, but the hell of it, no one else did. -Glenn Miller

Why do you judge me as a musician, John? All I'm interested in is making money. -Glenn Miller

I like music that's more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild. -Iggy Pop

Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it. -Aaron Carter

We try to magnify the difference between Americans and the English. In real life they like the same music and dress the same. It's really much more similar than anyone thinks or how we show it. -Amanda Bynes

Situation comedies are old-fashioned – they stick to formulas. I resent their music which is old fashioned. I resent the use of a laugh track. -Bill Bixby

I want to do all types of music, music for all people. I want my music to be encouraging, to help people. -Fantasia Barrino

Bob Dylan is quite a songwriter, and a great singer and musician. I won't bother with comparing myself to him, but I will say that I heard his records at a very young age and I still listen to all his records. -Frank Black

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual. Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them, that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor. -Frank Black

A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children. -Ian Anderson

I played, like, a year of piano until I learned the 'Pink Panther' theme. That was my goal. Once I was good enough, I quit. Now my music has to have some rock. -Jack Black

I'm a self-taught musician aside from what I've been able to pick up from other players. -Walter Becker

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians. -Walter Becker

I'm really a very weak musicologist. Wish it weren't so, but there's only so much you can dig deeply into in one lifetime, as if you hadn't noticed. -Wendy Carlos

The more alone I am, the more focused I can get. I've written things with people, some of which I liked and others I think are total travesties. Collaborating is trying to make a piece of music and get someone else to come up with the ideas. What's the fun of that? -Alex Chilton

I really wanted to pursue music, but all those other girls are doing it and it is annoying. -Alexa Vega

For me, the backdrop of half the experiences of life includes music. -Amy Grant

Do I think all contemporary Christian music is good? No. -Amy Grant

I feel a part of the congregation. I've never had to do special music. The kids sing in the choir. It's just normal. We're treated like everybody else. -Amy Grant

I just think people should find the music that helps them through the day and enjoy that. I've never felt like, if somebody does or doesn't like what I'm doing, it's a morality issue. -Amy Grant

I've found that music allows years to fold like an accordion over each other, so I guess you don't feel the passage of time as much. -Amy Grant

You walk off the plane in Rio, and your blood temperature goes up. The feel of the wind on your face, the water on your skin, the taste of the food, the music, the sexuality; Brazilians are very comfortable in their sexuality. -Amy Irving

I have to take time occasionally to get away from the pressures of this business. If I don't, I think I would get stale, and that would show in my music. -Andy Gibb

I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music is all about. -Andy Gibb

A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age. -Annie Lennox

I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere… Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me. -Annie Lennox

As for the music business itself, the key things have not changed that much. It operates like any business and money still keeps things moving. -Tom Jones

But what you realise after you've been in the business for a while is that people develop opinions about you that don't have anything to do with your music, they like or dislike you for a million reasons, they like or dislike you for your last record. -Adam Duritz

There just is exponentially more money in the movie business than in the music business. As a result there are more people involved in the creative process. -Adam Duritz

Sometimes a piece of music in the score isn't effective. When a score is too well finished with too many elements, sometimes it's too much. -Alejandro Amenabar

I think what every skater dreams of is not only skating the best program they can possibly skate, but, y'know, having the crowd roar at the end, and it was just so loud I couldn't even hear my music. -Sarah Hughes

We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up. -Bob Weir

What I like best about music is when time goes away. -Bob Weir

I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time. -Bonnie Raitt

There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge. The ratio of guys to girls at Harvard was four to one, so all of those things were playing in my mind. -Bonnie Raitt

The consolidation of the music business has made it difficult to encourage styles like the blues, all of which deserve to be celebrated as part of our most treasured national resources. -Bonnie Raitt

I don't think there's ever been any music quite like what we came up with. -Bonnie Raitt

There's nothing like living a long time to create a depth and soulfulness in your music. -Bonnie Raitt

I'll make music, whether or not anyone is listening, for the rest of my life. It's a natural form of expression for me, the same way I draw and write and sing. -Brandon Boyd

I only write music for myself, I don't try and appeal to anyone else. -Bryan Adams

I always knew I'd be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn't know if I'd be successful at it, but I knew I'd be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star. -Bryan Adams

Placebo is music for outsiders, by outsiders and our gigs are like conventions of outcasts, which is cool. -Brian Molko

The one thing that kept our family together was the music. The only thing that our family would share emotionally was to have our dad cry over something the kids did with music. -Dennis Wilson

The Beach Boys are not a superstar group. The music is the superstar of the group. -Dennis Wilson

'I don't want to grow up', Tom Waits said it. I live it. I put myself in a position to be a kid as long as I want to. I play loud music and scream for a living. -Jason Newsted

I'm busier than a busy person. People aren't scared to play this raucous, harsh music over radio speakers, so I think it's the perfect time to get in with some real serious, heavy bands. -Jason Newsted

I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain. -Jonathan Davis

The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute. -Jonathan Davis

We're not trying to change the world; just music. -Jonathan Davis

When I listen to music, I don't want to hear about flowers. I like death and destruction. -Jonathan Davis

When they look back on me I want 'em to remember me not for all my wives, although I've had a few, and certainly not for any mansions or high livin' money I made and spent. I want 'em to remember me simply for my music. -Jerry Lee Lewis

Social topics may hit too close to home for people, but then again, if you pull a heartstring, then that's what country music is. It's not just songs about getting drunk and leaving your girl. -Kenny Chesney

Some people think its just fun and games and others don't know how much I pushed to get here. They have to be in my shoes, but by listening to my music they can find out. -Chingy

The people on the business side in the music business are kind of different from the theatre business. I think it's partly because there are different pressures on the industries. -Tim Curry

Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole. -Tim Curry

Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that's it. No America, no jazz. I've seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with Africa. -Art Blakey

Women's music is underrepresented. -Beth Anderson

The biggest misconception about us is that we're just a rock band. We think our music is a cross-section of many genres; a hybrid of what the six of us have grown up on. -Brad Delson

We'd like to think that our music will always be bigger than any one of our individual personalities. -Chester Bennington

I enjoy playing the band as the band. I 'be' the whole band and I'm playing the drums, I'm playing the guitar, I'm playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that. -Chick Corea

I just loved the guitar when it came along. I loved it. The banjo was something I really liked, but when the guitar came along, to me that was my first love in music. -Doc Watson

There is no music that can't be used politically, but the motives behind the creation of that music can be non-political. -Earle Brown

Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound. -Eduard Hanslick

The course hitherto pursued in musical aesthetics has nearly always been hampered by the false assumption that the object was not so much to inquire into what is beautiful in music as to describe the feelings which music awakens. -Eduard Hanslick

I completely love playing and designing games and always will. I am so into games that I listen to game music all day. That may sound strange, but you can guarantee I'm a hardcore gamer and would never let you down by designing a crappy title. -John Romero

I can't re-define music every week! -Arthur Baker

If our music survives, which I have no doubt it will, then it will because it is good. -Jerry Goldsmith

There's no religion but sex and music. -Sting

In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict, because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words we are continually changing the score. -Ralph Richardson

When I'm on stage by myself, I don't have to think about anything. I don't have to worry about anything because I'm not responsible for anything except just opening my mouth and making sure music comes out. -Bobby McFerrin

I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning to be a musician was actually very wonderful. -Bobby McFerrin

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel. -Buddy Holly

The only love affair I have ever had was with music. -Maurice Ravel

Everyone deserves music. -Michael Franti

Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians. -Morton Feldman

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. -Ronald Reagan

For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy. -Maurice Ravel

Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don't want the music to be about provocation, I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home. -Michael Franti

Today we are in a war against war – music is our power. -Michael Franti

I never feel that my music is sparse or minimalist; the way fat people never really think they're fat. I certainly don't consider myself minimalist at all. -Morton Feldman

I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media. -Milton Babbitt

Do not rely on unplanned music; it comes out as though it were planned, but planned by someone you cross the street to avoid. -Robert Ashley

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz, and I thought I could make some money playing music. -Robby Krieger

In The Doors we have both musicians and poets, and both know of each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis. -Robby Krieger

Half the time I feel like I'm appealing to the downer freaks out there. We start to play one downer record after another until I begin to get down myself. Give me something from 1960 or something; let me get up again. The music of today is for downer freaks, and I'm an upper. -Wolfman Jack

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws. -John Coltrane

I learned how music works dealing with Jermaine Dupri, and I learned how image works dealing with Puff Daddy. -Usher

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect. -Luciano Berio

In music, as I find myself forever saying, things don't get better or worse: they evolve and transform themselves. -Luciano Berio

My music is jazz. -Yusef Lateef

I conceived of an instrument that would create sound without using any mechanical energy, like the conductor of an orchestra. The orchestra plays mechanically, using mechanical energy; the conductor just moves his hands, and his movements have an effect on the music artistry. -Leon Theremin

There was one man who was interested in the color of music, the connection between light and music, and that was Einstein. -Leon Theremin

When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage. He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close. He didn't want to see the magic. -Nia Vardalos

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land. -Mencius

I look upon myself as a musical bricklayer with architectural aspirations. -Robert Mayer

My musical background is like almost every non classical musician in the world. One day a special record was heard and that was it. I was hooked, started trying to play various instruments and was off to bar land to become a rock star. What else? -Kevin Johnson

My entire life has really revolved around music that was written about the time that I was born, 1908, to just before the First World War and shortly after it. This music I've always known, and it is that music that's most important to me. -Elliott Carter

In serial music, the series itself is seldom audible… What I'm interested in is a compositional process and a sounding music that are one in the same thing. -Steve Reich

I discovered that the most interesting music of all was made by simply lining the loops in unison, and letting them slowly shift out of phase with other. -Steve Reich

I'm older than I was, and I'm still washed-up, and I haven't changed my music one iota. It's just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you. -Ben Folds

You're surrounded by electronic music in New York. I mean New York is one of the few places in North America where electronic music is the prevalent form. -Bob Mould

I use computers for email, staying current with my own website as well as finding important information through other websites. I also use it for creating MP3 files of new music I'm working on. -Clint Black

I would like to win the Pulitzer Prize. I would like to win the Nobel Prize. I would like to win a Tony award for the Broadway musical I'm now working on. Aside from these, my aspirations are modest ones. -Evan Hunter

You know, Python should have won a Grammy for our musical work on the show. -Graham Chapman

I have been doing music all my life so everyday when I get up I expect music will be part of it. -George Benson

I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up. -George Benson

My first interest was always music, and somehow that channelled itself into films and acting. I don't know what the natural transition of it was. I mean I acted a little bit when I was young and like any kid would in a community theatre. -Andy Garcia

Jazz in itself is not struggling. That is, the music itself is not struggling… It's the attitude that's in trouble. My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history. -August Wilson

It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music. -Ayumi Hamasaki

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music. My music was for me. I didn't have the mental room to be conscious of the listener; I wrote to save myself. -Ayumi Hamasaki

Rock musicians, and a vast array of popular-music musicians, due to their wealth, acquired through the mass of their notoriety, are able to be listened to and heard and thus are able to effect change on an international level. -Bill Dixon

The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed. If you have five players in a situation where the music is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed, it won't succeed even if one of the musicians takes control. -Bill Dixon

When Coltrane died, a void appeared in this music that has not been filled yet. He maintained a forward motion in his work and did not look back. -Bill Dixon

If I had money, I would like to get an old building, have music performances, do lithographs, have shows of paintings, and do those things that I'm interested in doing. -Bill Dixon

Whatever I do, I attempt to do it fully. I try, and don't always succeed, to be thorough. There are musicians who do not know their worth, and if they knew it at one time, it has eluded them. I know my worth. You try not to dwell in the past. -Bill Dixon

I write music with an exclamation point! -Richard Wagner

We were playing, not for the drunks, but for the musicians, because it was more intellectually challenging. We needed somewhere to put our energy to show that we were growing, and as we started to achieve this, people came to hear us musically. -Ronnie Hawkins

'The bigtime for you is just around the corner.' They told me that first in 1952 – boy, it's been a long corner. If I don't hit the bigtime in the next 25 or 30 years, I'm gonna pack in the music business and become a full-time gigolo. -Ronnie Hawkins

In 1955 music wasn't that important. Music was a kind of a special thing you went and did. -Jerry Hunt

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. -John McLaughlin

There are two kinds of success. One is musical or artistic and the other is commercial. -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. -John McLaughlin

Rock n' Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That's what rock n' roll should do – take you to a better place. -Meat Loaf

Make your own music. It can be done. -Michelle Shocked

Ideals are not something I can control. It's not logic that convinces me of something, it's what my heart says. My heart has a way of involving me in things, which can only be good for the music. -Michelle Shocked

They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement. I don't like the way women in music have been identified as women first and musicians second. -Michelle Shocked

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end. And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat, sailing off the edge of the world. -Michelle Shocked

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it. -Mickey Hart

I thought the '60s was the most exciting time and the most vital music, and we were really together as one mind then. Then afterwards, the songs and the bad drugs, that took its toll. -Mickey Hart

I want people to come to my music without prejudice. I want them to get the music first. And who I am isn't that important. If they like the songs to me that's a good thing. -Richard Thompson

But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there. -Richard Thompson

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. -John McLaughlin

I don't have any message in the music. Music will be fine as long as you take care of yourself. -John McLaughlin

Interplay and interaction are the integral parts of music – they're as important as the notes. -John McLaughlin

I'm asthmatic. I was a lot bigger back then, and I still get winded on stage today. But I've learned how to pace it now. I have musical breaks in there. -Meat Loaf

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I've been traveling. -Michelle Shocked

What is the best music is impossible to define. Just because it's played by a virtuoso player, doesn't mean it's great music. It might not reflect the soul of a people, which is really my criteria for great music. -Mickey Hart

I love rock-n-roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music. -Nick Cave

You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside – so be it. But at least you know you've tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it. -Robert Plant

A good country song takes a page out of somebody's life and puts it to music. -Conway Twitty

I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words. -Arnold Schoenberg

Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own. -Basil Bunting

When I have sat at home with this God-given talent for music for a long time, somebody approaches me out of the blue and asks me to play for them. It's almost as though there's a force somewhere which is saying 'no sittin' around, out you go! -Jeremy Spencer

I think that one of Elvis' charms was that he could sing almost any kind of music. I am sure that in his heart, which I don't know what was there, but just from his singing I could feel that he was very partial to gospel music. -Patti Page

If I had grown up in any place but New Orleans, I don't think my career would have taken off. I wouldn't have heard the music that was around this town. There was so much going on when I was a kid. -Pete Fountain

I was improvising before I was reading music. I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets. -Pete Fountain

You know, it's funny… when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz. Now when you're not making money, people think that you're a good jazz musician. -Pete Fountain

My dad wanted me to play when I was a kid, so I learned to play the guitar. I pursued a career in music because I love it so much and I enjoy what it does to those who hear it. -Randy Travis

We had to do a lot of rehearsals to get it so that it was playable. What it did was make you practice. That's good for any musician to have that kind of pressure. It brings things out of you that might not come out if you don't have to reach for something all the time. -Ray Brown

Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.' -Buddy Guy

I'd rather have a hundred thousand or a million people saying I'm nuts and I'm crazy for my musical choices and what I've said lyrically, than a million people all raising their hand on the first day. -Chuck D

In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music. -David Baker

It is rare that even a jazz musician finds an individual voice. -David Baker

It's my fault in many cases because I don't initiate the contact to talk with a lot of other musicians. -Frank Morgan

Well, I think, I certainly used backward music in Sea of Monsters. I can't remember in the Sea of Time. I would tend to do that all the time, you know? I tended to do all sorts of weird things. Just to get effects. -George Martin

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues. -Jimmy Page

I always believed in the music we did and that's why it was uncompromising. -Jimmy Page

The same music is playing on the radio in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC and Annapolis. Everywhere you go there's the same artists and same songs by them, over and over again. At some stations they play the same songs 50 to 60 times a week. -John Hall

Hopefully people can see my music is tethered to my brain. -John Mayer

People want to see musicians sing things that come from their own mind and own heart in real time, responding to the moment for them. -John Mayer

It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think. -Johnny Cash

I'd love to be a saxophonist. I don't know why, but I pretend I'm the saxophonist when I listen to music. I have about as much chance playing the sax as I do learning how to fly. -Richard Price

Ladies and gentleman, I've suffered for my music, now it's your turn. -Neil Innes

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. -Walter Mosley

The only thing I was any good at was music. -Don Gibson

I've been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember. I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead. -River Phoenix

I honestly don't class myself as a songwriter. I've got 'musician' written on my passport. That's even funnier. -Robert Smith

Half the battle is selling music, not singing it. It's the image, not what you sing. -Rod Stewart

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument. He told me to knock myself out. -Jay London

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked. -Michael J. Fox

I made a conscious decision that I was not going to have children. I didn't want others raising them, and looking after them myself would get in the way of being a musician and writer. -Stevie Nicks

To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed. -Brian Harris

Out there in the spotlight you're a million miles away and every ounce of energy you try to give away as the sweat pours out your body like the music that you play. -Jon English

Aunt Marion was right… Never marry a musician, and never answer the door. -Charles M. Schulz

I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass. -Don Ellis

If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world. -Don Ellis

I think there is great interest amongst the younger people in this music. I think that there is a lot of them that are looking for interesting situations and music that is stimulating. -Dave Holland

I think that what is important is that the music be honest and direct and that it is relevant to today. I think music needs to be of its time and speak to that time. -Dave Holland

In fact, jazz has such a great feeling and great emotional content that it really doesn't require you to have technical understanding of it. I think you just have to allow your feelings to go with the music and you will find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly. -Dave Holland

Country fans need to support country music by buying albums and concert tickets for traditional artists or the music will just fade away. And that would be really sad. -George Jones

Well I'm a third-generation musician. My Grandfather's a musician and my father and mother were both musicians and so I'm a musician. It was just natural that I should be a musician 'cause I was born into the family. -Sam Rivers

I'm not trying to stay in the same place and I'm not trying to compete with what's currently in fashion. That would be dishonest. But, at the same time, I'm different and the music reflects that to some degree. -Eddie Money

The great musicians are those who can reach people, who can make people feel something. -Sam Rivers

I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing. -Bela Bartok

In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God. -Ravi Shankar

My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come. -Ravi Shankar

Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature. -Ravi Shankar

I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago. -Robert Moog

I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer. -Robert Moog

One always has to remember these days where the garbage pail is, because it's so easy to make sounds, and to put sounds together into something that appears to be music, but it's just as hard as it always was to make good music. -Robert Moog

I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others. In the 19th century it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic reasons, film became that eloquent medium for the 20th century. -Walter Murch

Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it's really difficult. -Robert Palmer

My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then 'just one more' until your favourite track comes on. -Robert Palmer

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does. -Tony Wilson

It takes a real soldier to stay in the music industry and live off the things that have been put before me and be able to survive all this time because it has not been easy. -Chubby Checker

Dancing, apart to music with a beat, is my legacy. -Chubby Checker

My outlet is my music, and it's been this way since I was 4 years old. -Chubby Checker

Good rock music always tends to be around. -Dave Davies

I'm not really involved with politics… I'm living in my cocoon with my classical music around. -Eva Green

After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure. -Stanley Clarke

Usually, when I do a soundtrack, the music from the movie doesn't have anything to do with me personally. It's music to enhance to the film. My own stuff is more introspective and about what's on going in my head. -Stanley Clarke

Radio is not a partner in the industry. I think that the music industry has continued to depend upon radio, but has ended up pandering to a medium that doesn't care. -Don Rose

My ideal day would be to get a good work out in, listen to music, talk to my family and friends on the phone, read and go to a good movie. -Steve Nash

My free time at home is usually spent emailing, listening to music, reading and talking on the phone. I wish I was on the phone less, but I have been fortunate to stay in touch with so many incredible friends. -Steve Nash

First, I'd become an avid reader of blogs, especially music blogs, and they seemed to be where the critical-thinking action was at, to have the kind of energy that I associate with rock writing of the 1970s or Internet e-mail discussion lists a decade ago. -Carl Wilson

People thought me a bit strange at first; a blond haired, blue-eyed Norwegian who sang Mexican folk songs, but I used it to my advantage and got a job. And so the music became my ticket to education. -David Soul

I think you should make more movies, more musicals. I think the public deserves that. I think this country deserves to be able to get out and foster that talent. Give them an opportunity to become stars. I think the whole idea is wonderful. -Donald O'Connor

It's so wonderful… if your whole day is rotten, once they start the music, it seems to melt away. -Donald O'Connor

I couldn't live without my music, man. Or me mum. -Robbie Williams

I like listening to good music – and I can't stop playing my album. -Robbie Williams

I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits. -J. Carter Brown

I don't like rock. Honestly, I like to listen to it, but it's not for me. There's a lot of musical genres that I find interesting, but they don't suit me. It's one thing to listen to different genres, but to perform a genre that isn't yours is counterproductive. -Luis Miguel

Well I guess my music came to prominence around one piece called 'In C' which I wrote in 1964 at that time it was called 'The Global Villages for Symphonic Pieces', because it was a piece built out of 53 simple patterns and the structure was new to music at that time. -Terry Riley

Essentially my contribution was to introduce repetition into Western music as the main ingredient without any melody over it, without anything just repeated patterns, musical patterns. -Terry Riley

My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it. -David Crosby

Describing Woodstock as the 'big bang,' I think that's a great way to describe it, because the important thing about it wasn't how many people were there or that it was a lot of truly wonderful music that got played. -David Crosby

When it all started, record companies – and there were many of them, and this was a good thing – were run by people who loved records, people like Ahmet Ertegun, who ran Atlantic Records, who were record collectors. They got in it because they loved music. -David Crosby

Where words fail, music speaks. -Hans Christian Andersen

These people are artists. These people are musicians. They're taking it out and trying to express it that way. -Marilyn Manson

I'm inspired by music. Sometimes more than I want to be. -Ben Savage

I was always very grateful to 'em and am grateful to 'em now. I went back a couple of years ago and did their 20th anniversary show. But the longer I stayed on Hee Haw, the worse things got for me musically. -Buck Owens

I'm from the Bob Wills and the Little Richard school of music. Bob Wills did what the hell he thought, Little Richard did what he thought, and those were my big influences. -Buck Owens

I never expected to record again. I knew I had done everything I ever wanted to do. I was satisfied. But… all the time I'm watching the country music horizon. And I'm sayin' 'Lord, is there anybody gonna come?' -Buck Owens

If you want me in the Hall of Fame put me in because of some contributions that I have made to country music. -Buck Owens

I'd like just to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs, and had a hell of a time. -Buck Owens

All the great political music was made at the height of political confrontations. -Billy Bragg

The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it's probably a good thing. We don't need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough. -Andy Rooney

I believe that the brain has evolved over millions of years to be responsive to different kinds of content in the world. Language content, musical content, spatial content, numerical content, etc. -Howard Gardner

If I know you're very good in music, I can predict with just about zero accuracy whether you're going to be good or bad in other things. -Howard Gardner

The problem that I have is with the music business. For some reason it seems almost impossible to get anything, any music, released which includes improvisation or soloing. -Jan Hammer

You can never rely on musicians. I quit high school at one point to make a go of it with this band and we kept breaking up. So I went back to school. -David James Elliott

This is our culture, and I don't care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn't have confidence in himself or else he doesn't believe in what he's doing. -Betty Carter

The 1960s were big for folk music, and the Kingston Trio led the way. They were the ones who started it all. The music was fresh and alive. College kids loved it and their parents did, too. -George Grove

I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one with the lack of social interaction they had! -John Hughes

It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe, that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars… knowing that the composer was from a distant place and the songs were written eons ago, which now fall gently on this place for all to hear. -Richard Baker

I never presumed that a technique of composition or an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee the quality of the music. -Robert Morris

So many of the sounds that contemporary composers were trying to create were to be found in the traditional musics of the world. That was encouraging but also little daunting to think that you had to work so hard to be new and yet it was old. -Robert Morris

Music is more than just listening to it. People use the music for them protection at times. -Burning Spear

In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind. -Charles Ives

One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife. -Charles Ives

But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be transcendental language in the most extravagant sense. -Charles Ives

We all have such common ways to identify with each other, and I think when you approach music in that organic way, it's almost indescribable how it connects human to human and heart to heart. -Debby Boone

I like to dance and sing when there's no one around, but, if I'm out, I'm really shy about it. So it takes a lot to get me going, but I enjoy being around music. -Derek Jeter

Have you ever wondered why young people take to music like fish to water? Maybe it's because music is fun. Plan and simple. It opens up their minds to dream great dreams about where they can go and what they can do when they get older. -Isaac Hayes

When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do. -Jimi Hendrix

I try to use my music to move these people to act. -Jimi Hendrix

Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music. -Jimi Hendrix

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. -Jimi Hendrix

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art. -Jimi Hendrix

Filming is so much to do with rhythm, as is music, and if it isn't there then you know in the end nobody can save it really, they can't. -Ben Kingsley

I do like Marylin Manson, actually. I think, he's very talented and he did make some great music. -Bruce Dickinson

There are always new things to experience, internalize then write about. This process is ongoing with me. It never stops. The opportunity to reach new audiences with all of the music that we have made is thrilling. -Graham Nash

Neil's effect on the band was immediate and very fulfilling. He adds a certain edge to the sound and, of course, he is an incredible musician. We became a better band because of the inclusion of Neil Young. -Graham Nash

We are excited about the music, past and present and future, and are really looking forward to playing. -Graham Nash

Being in a different band always brings great musical experiences to be able to draw on. -Graham Nash

There is a great correlation between music and images. -Graham Nash

One can't deny what has happened to us in the past. The secret is to enjoy and be proud of the music we've created and the people with whom we have been linked. It's all a long chain of involvement in the world, and we are proud to be yet another link in this chain. -Graham Nash

If I read or listened to critics of our music, I'd have been discouraged a long time ago. -Graham Nash

I worked very hard on me and David's record and I'm extremely proud of the record, as most people are who were involved with it. And, it's been wonderfully received by people who like our kind of music, they think it's something special, and so do I. -Graham Nash

We want to get this good music to as many people as possible because I think it heals, it soothes, I think music is incredibly important, especially in today's chaos. -Graham Nash

I mean, there's times to rock and roll, and I love that too. But I think my first love is acoustic music. -Graham Nash

I got caught up on drugs for a few years, I'm off it, I'm very happy, got two kids and a family and everything. And like I said I'm making the underground music, and keeping it real. -Vanilla Ice

I use the music to vent, and a lot of the stuff that I am writing about or was writing about contained a lot of anger and anxiety, stress and depression, so that's how the album came out so dark. -Vanilla Ice

I used the music kind of as therapy, and it's just amazing that I feel so free after doing that. I feel like I had it trapped inside of me and now I feel free. So it's been a very good therapy session for me as well. -Vanilla Ice

I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn't play ball too good – I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn't preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing. -Muddy Waters

I'd seen musicians act, and it scares me. And they make more money than me. -Tim Roth

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it. -Andrew Denton

The music is the main thing and it's just as easy to write acceptable words. -Bill Haley

They all knew my name, but no one heard the music – I didn't look the same. -Ricky Nelson

My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremendous music education. -Renee Fleming

Let's have the music that will open the door to millions of people… the kind of music that will not make people think only of the song or even of the singer… not music that is confined to the merely personal. -Nelson Eddy

If peace only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars. -Sophie Kerr

A protracted legislative fight will not move us closer to where the music industry wants to be – delivering music to fans through a variety of different, innovative Web sites. -Hilary Rosen

I am terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music will be put on records forever. -Arthur Sullivan

I really went back through a lot of the dark corridors of my life in this. I wanted people to know who I am based on my music, not on what they read in the tabloids. -Lisa Marie Presley

Music has always gotten me through life, particularly honest, real music. -Lisa Marie Presley

I like Jailhouse Rock and Love Me Tender. The black-and-white films. With music, I tend more toward the '70s stuff because I was at the shows for those, so they bring back memories. -Lisa Marie Presley

That's kind of the mission statement for the label: to try to do great music that touches people's hearts. -Ricky Skaggs

The difference between me and the newer artists is that I have the history with the architects, the masters that started the music. I know where the music came from. -Ricky Skaggs

It's part of the calling to at least do a few songs in the show that give people some hope. There's so much hurt in this world and… music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles. -Ricky Skaggs

Maybe you're going to a concert thinking you're not going to hear anything but music. But you may walk away from there with an answer to a problem that you're carrying around with you that you didn't think you were going to hear about. -Ricky Skaggs

Country's hip; it's cool music. -Ricky Skaggs

There's a higher place that I have no illusions about reaching. There's a sophistication and aesthetic about composers who only write only for the music's sake. -Bill Conti

In the back of your mind, when you say you want to write music for the movies, you're saying that you want a big house, a big car and a boat. If you just wanted to write music, you could live in Kansas and do it. -Bill Conti

A musician cannot move others unless he too is moved. He must of necessity feel all of the affects that he hopes to arouse in his audience, for the revealing of his own humour will stimulate a like humour in the listener. -Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Mathematics is the music of reason. -James Joseph Sylvester

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life. -James Joseph Sylvester

I think you can have the greatest lyrics in the world and if it doesn't have the best tune in the world it will suck. I mean if the music wasn't important it would just be a poem. -Julian Cope

I like blues but it is music I am too ignorant to understand. -Barry Gibb

I love making records; I love making music; I love writing songs. -Barry Gibb

It is not the money but the self-respect and wanting to create good music. -Barry Gibb

My music, certainly, has never embarrassed me. -Barry Gibb

The only thing that exists to me is commercial pop music. -Barry Gibb

I do know one thing: I wish people were doing more dangerous musicals, more courageous musicals and not just falling into the trap of trying to figure out what the public wants, because you find out that the public very often wants what's good. -Hal Price

It costs a great deal of money to do a musical, and the more money involved, the more big business influences the artform. -Hal Price

Being a musician is what I do, but it's not what I am. -Herbie Hancock

Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music. -Herbie Hancock

I'm always looking to create new avenues or new visions of music. -Herbie Hancock

In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music. -Herbie Hancock

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music. -Herbie Hancock

Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different. -Herbie Hancock

The music becomes something that is its own entity. -Herbie Hancock

The value of music is not dazzling yourself and others with technique. -Herbie Hancock

The value of music is to be able to play one note at the right time in the right way. -Herbie Hancock

If I were to agree to write the music for your beautiful poem, it would tie your poem up for some years as I have agreements and obligations which I must respect. -Jules Massenet

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention. -Michael Graves

I have sometimes been told that my music is 'difficult' for the listener. -Roger Sessions

What we ask of music, first and last, is that it communicate experience – experience of all kinds, vital and profound at its greatest, amusing or entertaining at another level. -Roger Sessions

A friend of mine, that I had known for some time, came up one day with an old guitar. I don't know where he got it, I don't know how long he'd had it, but he knew about two chords on it. He proceeded to teach them to me, and then we proceeded to go crazy over music. -Charlie Daniels

Country music has changed tremendously, so what now is considered country was not considered country at that time. We were doing stuff that probably could have been called country music today, but would certainly have not have fit in at that time. -Charlie Daniels

The funny thing is, the music that I'm writing now is probably some of the most cutting edge we've ever done. The music that I'm thinking about putting on our next album. -Charlie Daniels

I just thank God I can make a living doing something I enjoy as much as I do playing music. -Charlie Daniels

When I was a kid, I went through a lot of musical phases, and one was when I'd learn everything that The Beatles ever recorded. After I started drums, I fell in love with their music so much that I just wanted to learn everything. -Eric Carr

The greatest thing about doing this movie was that Chris and I both were involved in folk music in the '60s. I had a group, but I don't think it was at the same level as Chris, because he's an amazing musician. -Eugene Levy

I grew up doing musicals. I've done so many musicals in my life, I kind of got them out of my system. But, I certainly would be open to them. Rocky Horror Show is a big favorite of mine. -Guy Pearce

A lot of people are going to hate me for saying this, but one of my least favorite kinds of music, or the kind of music that I feel I've so got out of my system, is musicals music. -Guy Pearce

I've done a lot of growing up since the age of 16 and I really wanted that to be reflected in my music. -Kelly Osbourne

You listen to a piece of music and it will remind you of something – it might make you happy, it might make you sad, but it is very emotive. And I think that Duran Duran have always understood that. -Nick Rhodes

What came to me as a revelation was the use of rhythm in developing an overall structure in music. -Philip Glass

Only one music comes out of me. -Anthony Davis

I love opera, I love writing for the voice, I love telling stories with music. -Anthony Davis

If some of our works are symphonies, then wrapped walkways was chamber music. -Christo

The ideal situation would be to bypass all of the drama and mayhem and just get the music right to the people. I'm confident that we'll eventually figure it out. -Debbie Gibson

This business is about working. It's really not about glamour. For me, the most glamorous thing about it is to b able to get on stage and perform my music for people. That's the privilege. And that's what all the work leads up to, and that's why it's worth it to me. -Debbie Gibson

Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread. Now that I am without you, all is desolate; all that was once so beautiful is dead. -Conrad Aiken

Feed the musician, and he's out of tune. -George Crabbe

The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me. -Alberta Hunter

Maybe if I knew music I couldn't do what I am doing. -Alberta Hunter

David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon – Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music. -Eddie Van Halen

Music is for people. The word 'pop' is simply short for popular. It means that people like it. I'm just a normal jerk who happens to make music. As long as my brain and fingers work, I'm cool. -Eddie Van Halen

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. -Lord Byron

I've always recorded the same way. I put down as many ideas as I have, then strip them away at the mixdown. It's better to have too much music than not enough. -Dave Navarro

If someone decides to be a musician now, it means because there is no hope of money at the end of it, it means they really want to be a musician. And if someone is writing now, there is no hope for money at the end of it. -Douglas Coupland

Our music comes from our hearts – and it always has. -Lars Ulrich

I think there's something strangely musical about noise. -Trent Reznor

God had to create disco music so I could be born and be successful. -Donna Summer

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age. -Paul Whiteman

Gay nightclubs offer better dance music. -Jack Davenport

The people who really got me off were dealing with the musical potential of the Instrument. -Max Roach

Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles. -Stanley Jordan

Within reasonable limits, a professional player should keep busy at music. -Teddy Wilson

I still the love classic period, but also the baroque period, and even 17th-Century music such as the music of Monteverdi. He's one of the greatest opera composers. He was the one who really started the opera. -Cecilia Bartoli

I would still love to do more Handel. I think Handel was a fantastic composer. I did lots of Vivaldi, but it's also important to do the music of Handel, one of the greatest composers of the 18th century. -Cecilia Bartoli

Actually, I feel music becoming more and more important. It's a big source of inspiration. With what's going on in the world, we feel almost desperate. Music also brings you peace. -Cecilia Bartoli

I did a concert… in September with the Berlin Philharmonic… They're great musicians, and there's always something to learn from them. -Cecilia Bartoli

It's a dream come true, and with this music, with this Rossini, it's unbelievable how to express the joy and express the joy of the situation and the joy to play this music, to sing this music, it's really fantastic. -Cecilia Bartoli

So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift. -Cecilia Bartoli

When you are accompanied by the instrument – on an instrument like the lute-the lute and voice – you have this sound, and you feel how the music can be so touching and yet so simple. -Cecilia Bartoli

I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I'm actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago – I put the time in! -Marisa Tomei

I just love where I am right now in my career. I love country music. I don't ever feel restricted by the genre. I've been able to have a solid career that we've built one step at a time and a family. I know that I'm in a good place. -Martina McBride

It means so much being a part of country music and the Opry. -Martina McBride

When I was studying… there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist. -Nina Simone

I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping. -Nina Simone

I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going. -Nina Simone

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat – a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second. -Nina Simone

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. -Nina Simone

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music. -Nina Simone

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world. -Nina Simone

I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. -Nina Simone

I became alienated from this religious upbringing, and started making music. I wanted to be a big star. All those things I saw in the films and on the media took hold of me, and perhaps I thought this was my god: the goal of making money. -Cat Stevens

Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony. -Cat Stevens

I've studied various schools of thought… I acknowledge that some Muslims consider music prohibited, but I've found a lot of evidence from the life of the Prophet to show that he allowed certainly, but even encouraged, music at certain times. -Cat Stevens

I would never withhold information about the murder of my man Biggie, or anybody else. It's just silly and ridiculous. The accusations are just flying out. All I've been trying to do all my life is to make great music. -Sean Combs

Education, for me, has helped me in my music. -Bob Livingston

The Austin music scene is the reason why so many of them moved here. -Bob Livingston

I had to go and sing with the musical director of the film, Simon Lee, who is just incredible, and it went great. I sang with him about five things, things we'd worked on. And then I went to sing for Andrew Lloyd Weber. -Gerard Butler

The Phantom, as well as being backed up by that music, it just so was a role that I identified with so powerfully. From the first second that I walked on to perform. -Gerard Butler

I knew I'd just done one of the most amazing things that I will ever get a chance to do. Just to be part of a musical that's not your background and to pull it off and to think that we've done something that's really special. -Gerard Butler

I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s. -Kenneth Koch

The music rights at the time cost me $12,000 in 1964 money, which is about double now or whatever. But I cleared everything. I had a lawyer in New York. And it was cleared for use in a short subject, not a feature. -Kenneth Anger

We like to think of film and music as art, but actually art is something that is not restricted. -Ahmed Best

I always think it's important to choose your initial theme very carefully because you're going to be married to it for a long time. You might have to generate an hour's worth of music from a very short, little piece of theme. -Anne Dudley

We all shared an admiration of Debussy both as a musician and as sort of an icon for the 20th century. It seemed like an interesting idea to go right back 100 years to find the source of some new ideas now. -Anne Dudley

I think that music has an endless life. -Anne Dudley

Jazz really does try to include everything. It's always been popular music. But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances. -Madeleine Peyroux

My father's record collection was full of New Orleans music of all kinds. I used to listen to the radio in New York, and all there was on it at the time was Madonna and Michael Jackson, so it sort of passed me by. -Madeleine Peyroux

When recordings replaced concerts as the dominant mode of hearing music, our conception of the nature of performance and of music itself was altered. -Charles Rosen

A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed, it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated by the cultural and social prestige of the art. -Charles Rosen

If you take the creation of music and the creation of your own life values as your overall goal, then living becomes a musical process. -Cecil Taylor

You must surrender whatever preconceptions you have about music if you're really interested in it. -Cecil Taylor

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. -Claude Debussy

The century of airplanes has a right to its own music. -Claude Debussy

There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature. -Claude Debussy

People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception? -Claude Debussy

Through Kurt I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down. -Dave Grohl

Piano playing is a dying art. I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument evoking an emotional and musical experience. -Jon Bon Jovi

If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. -Levi Strauss

It's about the music and that's it. I'm not an entertainer. But I do entertain people, see what I mean? -Liam Gallagher

You've seen one of the our gigs you've seen 'em all. But if you're into the music, you'll know that we played better the night before or we can play better. -Liam Gallagher

I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals. -Norm MacDonald

We learned pretty early on in this band that you can't have snobbery in music. -Mike Shinoda

My parents were worried about me, certainly when I became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who, at the time, were very peculiar indeed. -Morrissey

The Smiths was an incredibly personal thing to me. It was like launching your own diary to music. -Morrissey

I've never intended to be controversial, but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is. -Morrissey

That's why I do this music business thing, it's communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up. -Morrissey

No one should be allowed to make music as if he were made of wood. One must reproduce the musical text exactly, but not play like a stone. -Olivier Messiaen

My sense of divine brings with it a strange sound of music with its glories, a marvellous melody sounding like a multitude of flutes. -Paul Twitchell

There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song. -Phil Ochs

My dad's music was a great inspiration to me. -Julian Lennon

He wasn't a great father. He was a great musician. That's always been a touchy one, and it will be until I can find the answer, but I don't know if there is one. -Julian Lennon

The laws of morals and the laws of music are the same. -Zoltan Kodaly

We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound. -Zoltan Kodaly

The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music. -Stendhal

The French are the wittiest, the most charming, and up to the present, at all events, the least musical race on Earth. -Stendhal

I have no restrictions, no limits, no musical history to live with. -Bill Wyman

If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas, ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones, where these 2 people do all the things, there is no freedom. -Bill Wyman

I didn't want to stay in the Stones, and be stuck in a position having to play a music I didn't like anymore and that restricted me from doing all the others things I'm interested in because of time. -Bill Wyman

But why is it that in music, anything more than 5 years old – apart from a few hits – is never played on radio to the young public? -Bill Wyman

Because of the fashion, the young people don't have any access to the history of music, unless people like me revive it. There are very few people to revive it, because you can't earn any money doing it. -Bill Wyman

I always listen to a lot of different music when I am working on a project. -Bill Wyman

With the Rhythm Kings, I can involve myself in arranging and producing the music as well as the choice of songs. -Bill Wyman

I was listening to music long before rock 'n roll. -Bill Wyman

There are things that I am very proud of and there are things that you are not so proud of. But I think that applies to any musician. -Bill Wyman

Within each individual young person you meet, you have the same fields to plow. The trick is just to wake thmem up, to sharpen their ears for what's already there in the music. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

All music has to speak in some form or other. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

It is desirable that people make music on the breath, with the breath. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

And what unity is to be had, at a time when orchestras are dying out, and when opera houses are about to close their doors; what's going to come next – when nothing new in music, for the orchestra, is truly lasting: pieces are performed once, and then they're thrown away. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

But the thing that will always occupy me the most is music. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I came together with younger musicians and tried to pass on my own experiences. In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I've been around two years shy of 50 years doing what I do. I am a musician. -Frankie Avalon

I think today's music absolutely stinks. I really do mean that. -Frankie Avalon

Control of vibrato helps your musical expression. -James Galway

Scales played in the correct musical way are very exciting and rewarding. -James Galway

Early Bluegrass is my favorite kind of music, not to many people know that. -John Fahey

I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head. -John Fahey

See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn't learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot. -John Fahey

Well I was on the one hand, the more I played the guitar the more I began to really love the guitar and to love virtually any kind of music that anybody played well on guitar. -John Fahey

Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts. -Yahoo Serious

Real music is not for wealth, not for honours or even the joys of the mind… but as a path for realisation and salvation. -Ali Akbar Khan

Singing instrumental music is most important because, while you play an instrument, you are singing through the instrument… actually, you are singing inside. -Ali Akbar Khan

It is proportion that beautifies everything, the whole universe consists of it, and music is measured by it. -Orlando Gibbons

It is easy to write unthinking music. -George Crumb

I think we're in a very low point of music right now. -George Crumb

This is not a happy time for this kind of music in this country. -George Crumb

I pick up the New York Times or Time and it's talking about the latest rock group, which I'm sure is exciting to some people, but it neglects a huge area of music. -George Crumb

As interesting as that music can occasionally be, I don't think it really replaces the other. -George Crumb

If we look at music history closely, it is not difficult to isolate certain elements of great potency which were to nourish the art of music for decades, if not centuries. -George Crumb

I am certain that most composers today would consider today's music to be rich, not to say confusing, in its enormous diversity of styles, technical procedures, and systems of esthetics. -George Crumb

One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture – some might say the supremely important aspect – is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past. -George Crumb

I have observed, too, that the people of the many countries that I have visited are showing an ever increasing interest in the classical and traditional music of their own cultures. -George Crumb

Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred. -George Crumb

The advent of electronically synthesized sound after World War II has unquestionably had enormous influence on music in general. -George Crumb

The development of new instrumental and vocal idioms has been one of the remarkable phenomena of recent music. -George Crumb

Perhaps of all the most basic elements of music, rhythm most directly affects our central nervous system. -George Crumb

Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature. -George Crumb

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers, I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche. -George Crumb

In a broader sense, the rhythms of nature, large and small – the sounds of wind and water, the sounds of birds and insects – must inevitably find their analogues in music. -George Crumb

I am optimistic about the future of music. -George Crumb

Perhaps two million years ago the creatures of a planet in some remote galaxy faced a musical crisis similar to that which we earthly composers face today. -George Crumb

I firmly disbelieve that one has to be a tortured soul to write good music. -P. J. Harvey

There's so much beautiful music in the world, and the kids are getting robbed. -Billy Higgins

The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do. -Billy Higgins

The Japanese actually approach the music on a high level. It's always been on a high level. -Billy Higgins

If somebody would come and they're not playing music, they would encounter certain people on another level. -Billy Higgins

Jazz needs the help. It's the more sophisticated music. All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't. -Billy Higgins

I think that people should learn about that. In most music, there's one way that you do something, and that's the only way. In jazz, it's a lot different. -Billy Higgins

It is never easy for anyone to have success in music. -Billy Sheehan

I didn't follow the standard rules of bass playing, and many musicians on many different instruments who became noteworthy for their unique or particular style did a very similar thing. -Billy Sheehan

I listened to many different types of instruments and music, and have always tried to look at the bass as an instrument as opposed to only a bass. -Billy Sheehan

I'm a fan of many different styles of classical and symphonic music. -Billy Sheehan

Very often I suspend my musical sensibilities to enjoy music as a fan. -Billy Sheehan

We'll see some simplistic players for a while, who'll then get into more complicated things and evolve with their instruments. This is a cycle that happens over and over again in music. -Billy Sheehan

I think the future looks great for music, musicians, bass players, and all we love about music. -Billy Sheehan

Be honest with yourself and the way you act when you hear music. That way, when people watch, they'll see something from your heart and soul, and as a result will communicate your feeling and thought much better. -Billy Sheehan

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much. Circumstances affect it so much. -Derek Bailey

Personally, I've found that the kind of thing that I like is going into somebody else's area and not playing their music but doing whatever I do in their area. -Derek Bailey

I wouldn't want to be ideological about it but I think of it as being the best way to approach this kind of playing. I don't think it works in other music, other kinds of playing. -Derek Bailey

Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music. -Derek Bailey

The mountain music… is compelling music in its own right, harking back to a time when music was a part of everyday life and not something performed by celebrities. -Ethan Coen

As far as I was concerned the important thing was that the music was getting the attention as well as me so it was always a great way to get more of the public to connect with classical music, and opera particularly. -Lesley Garrett

One of the problems that we face through the media attention that these artists receive is that there has been an awful lot of talk about opera and classical music being elite and being for an elitist group. -Lesley Garrett

What people really should be able to be confident in is that the standards of music- making that classically trained musicians present is elite, it is the best and all of us as artists should be committed to that. -Lesley Garrett

I don't just come from a musical family, but from a musical community. -Lesley Garrett

The musical heritage of Yorkshire is deep and wide. -Lesley Garrett

And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music. -Lesley Garrett

I'm very pro presenting the best music I can to the widest audience possible. -Lesley Garrett

That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is. -Lesley Garrett

I don't think I have ever met a single person who isn't moved by music of some kind. -Lesley Garrett

Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general. -Lionel Hampton

I love oldies just kind of sweet, slinky, Fifties music. The slow stuff. And Billie Holiday. -Nastassja Kinski

When was the last time you saw a musical about people at war with each other? -Rita Moreno

A lot of people say I wouldn't have a down day, but you look at the music and there's real melancholy. -Stephan Jenkins

My music is my way to rearrange the world according to my own hopes. -Stephan Jenkins

That's what drew me to rock music in the first place – that sense of remaking the world on your own terms. -Stephan Jenkins

What we value about music and literature are the moments that they create in our minds when we encounter them. -Stephan Jenkins

My music is so often like a lullaby I write to myself to make sense of things I can't tie together, or things I've lost, or things I'll never have. -Stephan Jenkins

As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate. -Suzanne Farrell

But what was my motivation was music, and the fact that I love to move around. I'm always moving around. -Suzanne Farrell

I loved the atmosphere of the dance studios – the wooden floors, the big mirrors, everyone dressed in pink or black tights, the musicians accompanying us – and the feeling of ritual the classes had. -Suzanne Vega

We all sit in front of our mics and our scripts lay on music stands. Then the silliness begins! -Tara Strong

I agree with you about the music of today. It lacks style and emotion. -Vinnie Vincent

I miss the 80's as well, it was a truly great decade for music. -Vinnie Vincent

In my opinion I do not think I am a better guitarist than Ace, I honestly think we're both different, and we both brought something unique to the musical. -Vinnie Vincent

I been doing music my whole life. -Young Buck

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues. -Mark Knopfler

In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores. -Lorin Maazel

I think I infuse the music with a new passion. Part of this is because I have fallen in love: I am in love with the New York Philharmonic. The chemistry has just been right. Beyond expectation. -Lorin Maazel

I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen? -Peter Tosh

Whenever you play dance music, it serves a function. It becomes a utility; you have to worry about the tempos and what you're going to play for people. But when you're playing for listening, you're free. -Stan Kenton

Some of the wise boys who say my music is loud, blatant and that's all should see the faces of the kids who have driven a hundred miles through the snow to see the band… to stand in front of the bandstand in an ecstasy all their own. -Stan Kenton

I like Fisher Price music, nursery rhymes, and the alphabet song. -Tre Cool

The end of all good music is to affect the soul. -Claudio Monteverdi

Music is spiritual. The music business is not. -Claudio Monteverdi

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note. -Georges Bizet

The fountain of youth with the youthful young musician is one meaning, and the fountain of youth with the youthful energy of the leader is another meaning. -Roy Haynes

You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity – it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture. -Sonny Terry

Well, we like to let down our hair and pep it up at the dances, but we keep it slower when we broadcast. We have to please everybody, and that softer music appeals to the larger amount of people. It's like eating too much cake. You have to have your steak too. -Vaughn Monroe

I would have quit before I went rock-n-roll. I know one way, and that's natural, and when I can't make it, I'll come home and stay. I believe in my music. -Ralph Stanley

It's nice to be able to backtrack and not be embarrassed by the music you used to listen to. -Will Oldham

Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I'm concerned. -Martin Freeman

What love is to man, music is to the arts and to mankind. -Carl Maria von Weber

It keeps me in touch with younger musicians who are constantly saying, 'Have you heard this new artist, or this new guitar player?' It keeps you reaching. -Gary Burton

Certainly one of the more common experiences in the jazz field is discovering someone new. Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers, voyagers. We want to join in on whatever we hear. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape. -Gary Burton

I've made more than 50 records with a wide range of music. I've often veered to check something out. -Gary Burton

I'm trying to bring a new generation into the musical theater and to create a new audience. -Jerry Herman

Everything I was feeling, all the hurt and the pain and the emotion I was going through, I put into my music. -Keith Sweat

One thing, when you're an actor, you finish something and then you have to worry about what the next gig is. When you're a musician, you can always write your own stuff, and I'm working on new stuff for a new album right now. -Chris Isaak

I talk to people who are musicians, and they go, Oh this is hell. And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof, did ya? -Chris Isaak

Folk music was out there. Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids. -Dick Smothers

When you decide to do this kind of music then you just accept the facts. -Gary Numan

I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music. -Alan Lomax

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species. -Alan Lomax

They were looking for actors – real actors – who could play instruments. There was a lot of improvisation and scene work involved in addition to the music. The auditions went on for a long time. -Micky Dolenz

One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product. -Peter Gabriel

The industry does have some influence on who gets other awards. With the Mercury Prize, they don't. Jon comes from the business, but his heart is still very much in the music. Currently, we have about 12 major names that have said they want to be a part of MUDDA. -Peter Gabriel

I think another thing is that we don't really want exclusivity. We accept that it is in the artist's interest to be on sale in every place where they sell music. -Peter Gabriel

I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment – to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off. -Peter Gabriel

The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field. -Toru Takemitsu

I always want to write erotic music… Not only about the love between men and women, but in a much more universal sense – about the sensuality of the mechanism of the universe… about life. -Toru Takemitsu

Actually when I gave out the script, I gave it with a CD of all the music I wanted to put in the movie, and again, we never thought we'd get all that music. -Zach Braff

The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre. -Robin Gibb

Nobody will ever take Maurice's place, and he'll go on with us and he'll go on our music. He'll go on with us as the Bee Gees, and Maurice will always be with us. -Robin Gibb

I find it very, very hard. He was part of the fabric of my life. We were kids together, and teenagers. We spent the whole of our lives with each other because of our music. -Robin Gibb

In the theater, it's about taking time in a musical segment, a pause in a musical way and then moving on. -Marcia Gay Harden

I also loved musicals because I was a dancer. -Donna Mills

The music comes first. When Geoff has made something the inspiration comes automatically. His music is very expressive. But still is is a very difficult process: I have to add something to his music, not push it away. It has to be equal, and I find that very difficult. -Beth Gibbons

You feel the music needs something but you don't know what. So you start searching, fitting, measuring, trying. Every time you try another angle. And sometimes that's frustrating, especially if you don't come up with something for three days. -Beth Gibbons

We're thinking about printing the lyrics with the next record so that people can find their own meaning in them. But then they would start having a life of their own, and I think the Portishead music should stay a whole in which the lyrics come second, actually. -Beth Gibbons

To me, all writing is like music. And especially dialogue. I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be, a composer. Acting got me sidetracked. -Dirk Benedict

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great American contributions to music. -Edgar Winter

I ended up turning down a full scholarship of music at the conservatory to pay to go to cooking school. -Emeril Lagasse

Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking. He wanted me to go to theology school – I didn't want to go. I wanted to do music. I told him I was a minister through music. -Wyclef Jean

I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass. The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That's where I get the inspiration to help people out and work. -Wyclef Jean

I do music for the love of it, and I've been doing it from a very young age: about 11. -Wyclef Jean

What I'm trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music. -Wyclef Jean

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences. -Wyclef Jean

They have all different names for music. I think the music I'm going to change the style with is going to be really, really big-years and years after I'm gone. -Ike Turner

I don't like to be entertaining. I don't like the feeling of being entertaining. If there was a musical or a comedy that was not just for entertainment but was rooted in something I could relate to on a real level, then I think I would do it. -Ryan Gosling

Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them. -John James Audubon

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time. -Henry Flynt

I began composing works which were imitative of the music I was being told about. I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms. -Henry Flynt

When I began competing with the other artists in New York, I discovered classical North Indian music. -Henry Flynt

At the same time, I was listening to black music, and I began to think that the best musicians were receiving the worst treatment. The people who were doing the greatest work were despised as lower class, with no dignity accorded to what they did. -Henry Flynt

Rock became an incredible commercial success, people just became bored with serious music, and it was forgotten. -Henry Flynt

When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie, for example. he had created an entire myth around himself. It was as important as his music. -Lars von Trier

If I made a musical in the beginning of my career, it would have been crane shots and tracking shots and people coming out of cakes and whatever, but these techniques are something that I've left behind me. -Lars von Trier

The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things… Anything outside that, they just don't know what to do with it. -Don Bluth

I'm also very pleased that we were able to include a full orchestrated score for Dragon's Lair 3D. The 40 different music pieces blend with the action to make you feel more a part of the whole adventure. -Don Bluth

I'm saddened to see that everyone's pitched out the baby with the bath, in that we say that it can't be one or the other, it could be both. I mean, just because we listen to classical music doesn't mean that we can't listen to jazz. -Don Bluth

The gift of song is just like… I think music is one of those true things in this world that is universal. -Charles King

You can fill this table up with people who are racist, homophobic, Satanist worshippers, sexist and we can be arguing but if you put on a song, I guarantee that people will stop and listen and that's what I love about music, it can bring people together. -Charles King

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting. -Charlie Trotter

Suckle was the first West Indian DJ and he had this fantastic source of music. -Georgie Fame

The BBC were not playing the music that was happening on the street so we did an independent production because we knew we had an audience. Then we licensed the album to EMI. -Georgie Fame

Generally, I've got to say that all sounds, musics, noises since conception are bound to have influenced me. -Hugh Hopper

Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure, but until I make contact with them, musically or personally, I never assume that anything wonderful will happen. -Hugh Hopper

Like all tools, modern technology has produced some wonderful moments in music and also some horrors. -Hugh Hopper

Other people notice the same things but they don't think to put it to music. -Ian Hunter

All of these people kept on being professional musicians and composers in the strictest sense. -James Tenney

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century. -Jeff Healey

I always knew, that in some way, I'd be connected to, and involved in, the music business. -Jeff Healey

Not only did I get to play with these great international musicians, but I also had the opportunity to jam with the local celebrities in Toronto, people like the Walsh Brothers, David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell and the like. It was a great learning experience. -Jeff Healey

The music we made then was so amateurish, compared to the rest of mainstream pop or rock and roll. But what differentiated us from what everybody else was doing in the business was the fact that you could tell that these people came from different reference areas. -Kevin Ayers

I should in fairness add that my taste in music is reputedly deplorable. -Paul Scofield

If you have a recital to do, you have to memorize the songs. I never use music when I do recitals. It produces an instant barrier, both for yourself and the audience. -Bryn Terfel

I enjoy all aspects of singing and I'm luckily given the choice to be part of different styles of music. -Bryn Terfel

The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden. Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist if by some miracle every key of his instrument should suddenly become a living thing. -Charles Munch

We live in a connected world now. Some find that frightening. If people are downloading our music, they're listening to it. The internet is like radio for us. -Jeff Tweedy

Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator. -Jeff Tweedy

Our music's kind of about taking something ugly and making it beautiful. -Jerry Cantrell

Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either. -Jeff Tweedy

I always loved Sam Cooke, because he seemed very versatile. He sang gospel, soul, blues, pop music. -Aaron Neville

I really like listening to music in my car. -Aaron Neville

The extras are a nice bonus feature, but the main incentive is the musical experience. -Aaron Neville

When you leave the planet, you leave music behind. -Alex Van Halen

Yeah, we have our differences, but we put those aside, and now we're making music. It's great. -Alex Van Halen

I take a lot from everywhere. I take from music, architecture, novels, and plays. Anywhere that hits you. -Alex Winter

I direct a lot of TV commercials and music videos. -Alex Winter

But I love how people who are musical, they know how to dress. -Amy Sedaris

I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction. -Barry Mann

And I like music, too, I like playing music. -Beau Bridges

You know, I am just a musician and I have no idea these days what good and bad is in terms of labels. -Billy Sherwood

I wasn't really writing with anything commercial in mind I just wanted to create some new music. -Billy Sherwood

I grew up in a very musical family, my father was a musician and a big band leader and made records. -Billy Sherwood

So I was always around music and my dad was in his own way a progressive jazzer, a big band jazzer guy. -Billy Sherwood

I have always enjoyed different kinds of music. -Billy Sherwood

I love all Yes music and love to play it live, but I'm most interested in making new music with Yes. -Billy Sherwood

I'm such a lover of music that it would be very hard for me to pinpoint it to a particular artist. -Bobby Sherman

I am moved by music, and certain things just make my day. -Bobby Sherman

Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there's just no outlet, there's no venue for it, in terms of media. -David Sanborn

It was one of the marvellous feelings of the film, having the music going in your head while doing scenes. -Dinah Sheridan

What a thrill it was to play opposite Maurice Evans in this brilliant, dazzling musical, based on the life of two of the greatest personalities in stage history. -Dinah Sheridan

If you had ever heard my album you would know that I could never consider the music business! -Dwayne Hickman

I have very eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to going to concerts, I like going to rock concerts. -Fran Drescher

Yes, there are times when I get extremely depressed and how I sublimate those feelings is through music. -Peter Steele

I find that different types of music are good for certain activities. -Peter Steele

I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home. -Philip Levine

I'm there to make a kind of theatrical music that is desperately missing in my life. And if other people don't like it, I'm very unhappy, but I can't do anything about that. -Richard Foreman

I've also directed, shot, and edited several music videos. -Richard King

I understand that, but this disc shows the type of music that I've always liked and wanted to make. -Richard Marx

'Cause I felt I didn't have anything else to prove as a musician… and boy was I wrong about that one. -Rick Allen

There are stories that people don't want to talk about that brought this music through. -Ruth Brown

Unfortunately, the young generation, who I believe have their own place in the sun like I had mine; but I wish it was possible there were other ways to have them understand this music was here before they came, and the reason that it was here. -Ruth Brown

You have got to make new music, that is the way that I look at it anyway. -Sebastian Bach

I listen to music for emotion and I get zero emotion from rap. -Sebastian Bach

I write my lyrics into the computer and I hum my music into the dictaphone. -Sebastian Bach

Metal is still the biggest music now in America. -Sebastian Bach

I've never been in the music industry, only acting. -Victoria Jackson

Right, different generations come along, and discover the music, I think. -Wanda Jackson

It really is, to see that this kind of music is still so popular. -Wanda Jackson

I also believe my musical abilities are a true gift from God. -Wynonna Judd

I never took a music lesson in my life, it just came naturally. -Wynonna Judd

My music is about the journey, about love and the human experience. -Wynonna Judd

When you are real in your music, people know it and they feel your authenticity. -Wynonna Judd

I have always loved the process of making the music, reading the letters from the fans who get married to my music, have children to my music and play my music at their funerals. -Wynonna Judd

Digital downloading of music has affected us all in adverse ways. -Wynonna Judd

I am most proud that I stayed true to the music of my soul. -Wynonna Judd

I always make music that is true to my spirit. -Wynonna Judd

There's a place for all types of country music as long as there is honesty and realness and a real human experience for the fans. -Wynonna Judd

My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It's about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world. -Wynonna Judd

I think that our goal in Good Charlotte is just to be Good Charlotte, and whatever happens, whatever that means, we don't even know, and make music and whatever. -Joel Madden

We're all music fans and we just love being in a band, and that's why we do it. -Joel Madden

'Musician' is not a very respected title. I'm not a musician. -Lydia Lunch

I just prefer instrumental. I don't need to hear what other people are singing. And if I need music as a backdrop to work or to think, I need to have that part of the brain clear – I don't need people feeding their fantasies into my vision. -Lydia Lunch

There's a certain groove you pick that makes the music flow, and when you have it it's in your pocket. It's the feeling behind the rhythm… to me, the hardest thing to strive for is that feeling, behind the groove. -Max Weinberg

We worked very hard to make the lyrics suit the music. I can't, like Elton John, for example, compose by lyrics. Elton has a great talent for that. Whatever you give him, including your questions, he composes in half an hour and makes a great song out of it. -Rick Wright

The fact that people still know us is, in my opinion, a result of our music and of the big money that runs the music industry today. The people who control the industry are accountants who recycle everything in new, nostalgic packages, and everything else, to make more money. -Rick Wright

Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation. -Ronnie James Dio

The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it? -Ronnie James Dio

I want to promote poetry to the point where you got all the baldhead kids running around doing poetry, getting the music out of the way and having only words, the spoken word, and then see what happens. -Russell Simmons

I'm not trying to overcome my father or fill his shoes or reach any kind of level that he did. We're talking about a Mozart of rock music. -Sean Lennon

Being famous is having the power to really implement positive change in the world, and it gives you the power to do what you want. I'm really grateful for it because I can play music and people will listen. -Sean Lennon

I think that most people who write about music just want to fill some paper. They're not really interested in getting to the heart of something. Otherwise, they wouldn't write what they write. -Tim Gane

John was great to work with, and a lot of fun. I wish I'd had the chance to make more music with him, of course, and to get to know him better. -Tony Levin

Like most musicians, I'm good at becoming immersed in the music that I am currently working on. We seldom lift up our heads to contemplate even the music we will be doing in the future, let alone what we've done in the past. -Tony Levin

We all have different musical instincts, and I think they're precious and should be respected. -Tony Levin

I was bred and raised in a multi-cultural music background. -Coco Lee

It may not be the most popular but there is a place for it. I think about the kind of music I love, acoustic, melodic, and I guess it kind of took a bit of courage on my part to think I could be one of those songwriters. -Helen Slater

Right now, more people enjoy movies, music, television and movies than they do video games. -J Allard

I like all music. Well, I don't like music that was created to make money. I don't really like bands that don't write their own music. -James Marsters

If you listen to a lot of music, it gradually seeps into your consciousness or your unconsciousness and comes out in your music. -John Abercrombie

You're just sort of searching for this 'thing' and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo. -John Abercrombie

Classical musicians do this all the time. They want perfection. So they piece things together. Eight bars of this and six bars of that. Glenn Gould said that with a recording he wanted to make perfect versions of pieces. -John Abercrombie

There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy. -John Baldacci

No, we'll never get back together. We'll remain friends, but I see her going in a completely different direction than me musically. But she'll end up doing really well if she continues on the path she's on. Because she's doing something very original. -John Wozniak

I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room. -Mary Lou Williams

Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn't consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done – unable to play except from paper. -Mary Lou Williams

One way and another I was having a ball – playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family. -Mary Lou Williams

I'm very conscious that I want the dance audience to respond and respect what I'm doing, so I'm always very true to the music and I honour the music in the way I see it – I don't mess around with the music. -Matthew Bourne

When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage. So I traded in my banjo for a guitar. -Michael Storm

From the beginning, I wanted to make dance music with a human element to it. -Beth Orton

You can have all sorts of relationships, but there's something with musicians working together where you can have relationship that can just continue to grow in a beautiful way. -Beth Orton

I wanted something that had the feel of a complete band and a variety of instrument. Apart from doing the album for musical satisfaction, I felt it was an important statement for other women – showing you don't have to rely on other people to do things for you. -Danielle Dax

It was a great time to be making music because everything else was changing. -Gordon Waller

I cannot say what I think is right about music. I only know the rightness of it. -Keith Jarrett

If you already have a piece of music ingrained in your body, why would you not play it? -Keith Jarrett

Jazz is letting everybody do his or her thing with the music. -Percy Heath

I think that the process of making music is a hard one to describe as well. -Steve Hackett

I think that a song, when it works, never mind a piece of long form music, even a song is something that speaks to itself but has a language all of its own, ideally. -Steve Hackett

Obviously classical music tends to be stuff that is usually at least a hundred years old. -Steve Hackett

When it came to the music that we produced, I am pretty happy with what we did. -Dave Blood

Ray Charles' revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was. -Diane Watson

I can write music but I'm not much for words. -Jim Diamond

We are just fans of music, we are not fans of a specific kind of music. We just happen to be a rock band. Until we explain ourselves, sometimes people don't understand why we limit ourselves to just being a rock band. It's because that is what we like doing. -Joe Elliott

My scratching I don't really think communicates to intelligent life forms. Anyone with more than one brain cell would think Kid Koala music is completely retarded. -Eric San

Eventually we want to do a puppet musical with turntables in the orchestra pit. -Eric San

If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they're based in the U.K. I'm a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to. -Eric San

When I'm playing with the band or playing with some projects or some of my own stuff it's about the musical approach. That would be the more turntablist approach to things of where it's strictly about music. -Eric San

You can say battle or war or whatever, but in the end, it's music. It's not really violent in intent at all, it's really just about expression and celebrating that in itself. -Eric San

I'm amazed at how adventurous and how dangerous the music was, and still is. I haven't heard anything like it since. I'm quite surprised, because a lot of the music on there we never heard at the time. -Michael Giles

We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands. -Michael Giles

I did quite a lot of the arranging, fitting different sections together, tempo changes, all sorts of things like that. I actually acted as a bridge between Robert and Ian. Not so much composing, rather presenting musical ideas at each rehearsal. -Michael Giles

I think that what I'm interested with is the creative side of music-making, rather than all the travelling. -Michael Giles

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life. -Kenneth Rexroth

Who told you I was a musician? -Leon Redbone

Sometimes the picture that emerges of the man seems no longer to agree with our conception of the musician. In reality, however, there is a glorious unity. -Alfred Einstein

Music is neither old nor modern: it is either good or bad music, and the date at which it was written has no significance whatever. -Peter Warlock

Dates and periods are of interest only to the student of musical history. -Peter Warlock

All old music was modern once, and much more of the music of yesterday already sounds more old-fashioned than works which were written three centuries ago. -Peter Warlock

All good music, whatever its date, is ageless – as alive and significant today as it was when it was written. -Peter Warlock

That's one of the problems with making music your business, it becomes a business. You're no longer just this kid who is a fan and going to see every show. I've been in a bar every night for the last 15 years. Going to see bands for me is work. -Mojo Nixon

I think that's the great thing about music: It can communicate emotionally. And you don't have to necessarily get all of the words. I mean you have to know what is being said, but didn't you find even if you didn't get all of the words, you certainly get the emotion? -Ronny Cox

I am musical and I enjoy theatre, but I never wanted to just do theatre. I always wanted to go into film. I love film. I loved growing up in the theatre, but I always wanted to do film all along. But, I still pursue music separately. -Sabrina Lloyd

I'm actually doing a show. from my shed. on the internet. but it won't be music or anything, it's more to do with drinking and smoking. it's an art piece. -Vince Clarke

I think the world is ready for some rock 'n' roll. Some real time guys that play their own instruments, write their own songs, and sing the music and have a good time doing it. -Vince Neil

I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you're in Nashville. It's part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time. -Jim Varney

Films and gramophone records, music, books and buildings show clearly how vigorously a man's life and work go on after his 'death,' whether we feel it or not, whether we are aware of the individual names or not. There is no such thing as death according to our view! -Martin Bormann

We're just beginning to learn the importance of music in our society. -Lester Bowie

I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I'm workin' and they're not. -Luther Allison

I look in music magazines now and see things on Luther Allison, and my name's getting out there more, thanks to all the good people at Alligator Records and at my management company. -Luther Allison

What I want to do, is play music for somebody who believe in me. -Luther Allison

I have known the fruits of strikes. The bitter and the sweet. Hunger and music. -Merle Travis

The music stuff has been very difficult. It's got to be right, and even then, it better be on key. -Michael Winslow

I grew up mostly with classical, big band, and a lot of Irish music – I really didn't start listening to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen. -Moira Kelly

Now I listen to all kinds of music except rap, which all sounds the same to me. -Moira Kelly

I grew up in Ohio, and I was a musicologist since I was little; it is all that I would ever read. -Nina Blackwood

Absolute 80's is three hours of mainstream 80's music. I also do New Wave Nation that is more cutting edge. It is more punk stuff from the 70's to the 90's. -Nina Blackwood

I worked with three people who were doing video music shows before MTV. -Nina Blackwood

The heyday of video music was the mid 80's. -Nina Blackwood

My reading is always about musical biographies. I have an innate interest and passion for that. -Nina Blackwood

Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music. -Ruben Blades

What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another. -Ruben Blades

And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day. -Ruben Blades

Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation. -Ruben Blades

Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models. -Ruben Blades

So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America. -Ruben Blades

I really haven't strayed too far, musically, from my roots. -Smokey Robinson

I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. -Smokey Robinson

That's because we did not set out to make black music. We set out to make quality music that everyone could enjoy and listen to. -Smokey Robinson

So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that's exactly how I approached it – only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God. -Smokey Robinson

Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God. -Smokey Robinson

By the time I get done with my fans and my music and my kids and my family and my fiance and my horses, well, they suffer too, but, I don't really have much time left to do anything else. -Tanya Tucker

Elvis was a big influence to my music, but Loretta Lynn was, as well. -Tanya Tucker

We've got great fans that rock and roll won't have, because you can have a one-hit record and country music used to, not so much anymore and you have a fan forever. -Tanya Tucker

There's a reason I moved to NYC, and if I listed all the musicians on my list you'd grow weary. -Trevor Dunn

I guess the two Manifesto, Communicating Vessels, Mad Love, and some of his poetry made a significant mark on me but as far as bringing a literary element into the music I see it as a much broader assimilation. -Trevor Dunn

I love being a musician. I love the lifestyle. But I think it's probably as difficult and frustrating as anything. -Trevor Dunn

If you want music that speaks to you, that LISTENS to you, you have to go out of your way, which I enjoy actually. I'm constantly on a private-eye kick to find the totally obscure. -Trevor Dunn

It wasn't until after private lessons and learning bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I was listening to at that age. My ears were blown wide open. -Trevor Dunn

I take all of my music seriously and personally. -Trevor Dunn

There's nothing to compare to live music, there just isn't anything. -Gloria Gaynor

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