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Top producer and guitarrist Louis Shelton, a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame known for his extraordinary recording session contributions to Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, amongst numerous others, answering a question on those who inspired him to become a musician, from an interview by John Reid on Jazz Radio.
Elvis Presley music
My dad, bless him, was a musician. And his dad had thought that his music was rubbish.
paul mccartney music
I give the degrees of things seen by the eye as the musician does of the sounds heard by the ear.
Leonardo da Vinci music
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 music
Music is everybodys possession. Its only publishers who think that people own it.
John Lennon music
I always wanted to do music that influences and inspires each generation. Lets face it, who wants mortality?On how he creates memorable music
Michael Jackson music
Music is still above all else the thing that does it for me.
Bob Geldof music
Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way.
Billie Holiday music
I don't think today's younger audience... would even know what 1920s musicals were like.
Julie Andrews music
In music theres always an enigma that we must resolve.
Shakira music
[First performed in Oslo (then called Christiania) on February 24, 1876, with incidental music by ]
Henrik Ibsen music
I hate singers, a miserable crew who think that music exists only in their own throats.
George Bernard Shaw music
The music that can deepest reach, And cure all ill, is cordial speech.
Ralph Waldo Emerson music
The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades.
Mark Twain music
The commonest and cheapest sounds, as the barking of a dog, produce the same effect on fresh and healthy ears that the rarest music does. It depends on your appetite for sound. Just as a crust is sweeter to a healthy appetite than confectionery to a pampered or diseased one.
Henry David Thoreau music
The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. But there is also, it seems to me, a moment at which democracy must prove its capacity to act. Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal chords.
Adlai Stevenson music
Asia is the continent rhythm forgot. At best Asian music is off-brand American pop, like Sonny Bono in a karaoke bar. At worst Asian music sounds as if a truck full of wind chimes collided with a stack of empty oil drums during a birdcall contest.
P. J. O'Rourke music
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? Full comment Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? The music — that's the big plus. about this
Harry Warner music
As far asis concerned, I never came close to liking him [-] My favourite composer is-[and] his Fifth sonata, in my mind, the greatest piece of music ever written.
Henry Miller music
In societies with fewer opportunities for amusement, it was also easier to tell a mere wish from a real desire. If, in order to hear some music, a man has to wait for six months and then walk twenty miles, it is easy to tell whether the words, "I should like to hear some music," mean what they appear to mean, or merely, "At this moment I should like to forget myself." When all he has to do is press a switch, it is more difficult. He may easily come to believe that wishes can come true.
W. H. Auden music
Is Wagner a human being at all? Is he not rather a disease? He contaminates everything he touches - he has made music sick.
Friedrich Nietzsche music
All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?
Ozzy Osbourne music
You can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, traveling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abcesses and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you” they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say ‘yes’.
Terry Pratchett music
When words leave off, music begins.
Heinrich Heine music
I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs, and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) music
In Arcady there lies a crystal spring Ring'd all about with green melodious reeds Swaying seal'd music up and down the wind. Here on its -defaced pedestal The image of a half-forgottenCrumbles to its complete oblivion.
Eleanor Farjeon music
For now the poet can not die, Nor leave his music as of old, But round him ere he scarce be cold Begins the scandal and the cry.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson music
Far in the pillared dark Thrush music went — Almost like a call to come in To the dark and lament. But no, I was out for stars; I would not come in. I meant not even if asked; And I hadn't been.
Robert Frost music
Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one.
Percy Bysshe Shelley music
People nowadays think that scientists exist to instruct them, poets, musicians, etc. to give them pleasure. The idea that these have something to teach them — that does not occur to them.
Ludwig Wittgenstein music
If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.
Helen Keller music
I've now got the music book ready, Do sit up and sing like a lady A recitative from Tancredi, And something about "Palpiti!" Sing forte when first you begin it, Piano the very next minute, They'll cry "What expression there's in it!" Don't sing English ballads to me!
Thomas Haynes Bayly music
And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow music
Who hears music feels his solitude Peopled at once.
Robert Browning music
He murmurs near the running brooks A music sweeter than their own.
William Wordsworth music
Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done.
Thomas Carlyle music
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
John Milton music
And waste their music on the savage race.
Edward Young music
Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, The bee's collected treasures sweet, Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet The still small voice of gratitude.
Thomas Gray music
He that hath no musical instruction is a child in Music; he that hath no letters is a child in Learning; he that is untaught is a child in Life. (105)
Epictetus music
Since I am coming to that holy room, Where, with thy choir of saints forevermore, I shall be made thy music; as I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think here before.
John Donne music
Brain: Yes, finally! The Happy Sappy Children of Many Lands ride! Where cheering music will spread the message that a mouse should rule the world! Pinky: Oh no, Brain. Narf! You're thinking ofin .
Pinky and the Brain music
Every father is given the opportunity to corrupt his daughter's nature, and the educator, husband, or psychiatrist then has to face the music. For what has been spoiled by the father can only be made good by a father, just as what has been spoiled by the mother can only be repaired by a mother. The disastrous repetition of the family pattern could be described as the psychological original sin, or as the curse of the Atrides running through the generations.
Carl Jung music
"I have found a paper of mine among some others in which I call architecture 'petrified music.' Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe music
I suppose it is written that any one who sets up for a bit of a philosopher, must contradict himself to his very face. For here have I fairly talked myself into thinking that we have the whole thing before us at last; that there is no answer to the mystery, except that there are as many as you please; that there is no centre to the maze because, like the famous sphere, its centre is everywhere; and that agreeing to differ with every ceremony of politeness, is the only “one undisturbed song of pure concent” to which we are ever likely to lend our musical voices.
Robert Louis Stevenson music
The music, yearning like a God in pain.
John Keats music
Each jazz musician when he takes a horn in his hand — trumpet, bass, saxophone, drums — whatever instrument he plays — each soloist, that is, when he begins to ad lib on a given composition with a title and improvise a new creative melody, this man is taking the place of a composer.
Charles Mingus music
Every silence is composed of nothing but unspoken words. Perhaps that is why I became a musician. Someone had to express this silence, make it render up all the sadness it contained, make it sing as it were.
Marguerite Yourcenar music
Except for music, everything is a lie, even solitude, even ecstasy. Music, in fact, is the one and the other, only better.
Emil Cioran music
I should like to like ’s music better than I do; I dare say I could make myself like it better if I tried; but I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all.
Samuel Butler (novelist) music
So, when the last and dreadful Hour This crumbling Pageant shall devour,The trumpet shall be heard on high, The dead shall live, the living die, And musick shall untune the Sky.
John Dryden music
Sundays observe; think when the bells do chime, 'T is angels' music.
George Herbert music
Why didcompose music?
Jonas Zalk music
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 music
The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.
Frank Zappa music
O Mother of Christ, who saw what men could do to one who heard an alien music! Bend to me, be tender. I am blind and deaf and dumb. And yet I do see visions, shout a kind of praise, feel in my pulse apocalyptic drums.
Morris West music
Within a few years a simple and inexpensive device, readily carried about, will enable one to receive on land or sea the principal news, to hear a speech, a lecture, a song or play of a musical instrument, conveyed from any other region of the globe.
Nikola Tesla music
Electric flesh-arrows traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.
AnaЇs Nin music
Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for, But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known, Arouse! for you must justify me. I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future, I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face, Leaving it to you to prove and define it, Expecting the main things from you.
Leaves of Grass music
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 music
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?
William Butler Yeats music
Happy are they that go to bed with grave music like Pythagoras..
Thomas Browne music
Indeed I have observed that even the Barbarians across the Rhine sing savage songs composed in language not unlike the croaking of harsh-voiced birds, and that they delight in such songs. For I think it is always the case that inferior musicians, though they annoy their audiences, give very great pleasure to themselves
Julian (emperor) music
"Most people havein the center of their lives. I believe my work sheds light on how music affects us and why it is so influential." from
Susan McClary music
Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon.
Morton Feldman music
I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information.
Quentin Crisp music
[Fry is playing a compact disc recording of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back;" Leela turns it off.] : Fry, you can't just sit here in the dark listening to classical music. : I could if you hadn't turned on the light and shut off my stereo.
Futurama music
Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. ~
Artist music
The most important point is — and remains — not to take oneself seriously. There is no past, and, certainly, no future. There are but a few years — ten at the most. You pass your days as best you can, doing as little harm as possible. Let the desires be few and treat expectations as weeds. You read, scribble as the spirit moves you, hear some new music, see every week the few people you are attached to. Again: guard yourself, above all, against self-dramatization, a feeling of importance, and the sprouting of expectations.
Eric Hoffer music
If the listener does eventually come to the point where he makes the ultimate performance by splicing tapes from other musicians' recordings, he will eventually become just as bored with it as with other recordings, for it will still always be the same. Look, for instance, at electronic music. The boys are already becoming bored with what they do because they put it irrevocably on tape. The best indication of this is that more and more they are mixing the live performance element with their tapes.
Aaron Copland music
"Performance has remained the ideal locus of rock authenticity long after it has ceased to be the real origin of rock music."
Performance music
We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except .
Composer music
If the listener does eventually come to the point where he makes the ultimate performance by splicing tapes from other musicians' recordings, he [sic] will eventually become just as bored with it as with other recordings, for it will still always be the same. Look, for instance, at electronic music. The boys are already becoming bored with what they do because they put it irrevocably on tape. The best indication of this is that more and more they are mixing the live performance element with their tapes.
Recording music
When the music hits you shall feel no pain
Sublime music
"We have all been affected as , as teachers, asbyto an extent that cannot possibly be calculated as yet or predicted for the future. The music which is being most widely disseminated and most widely discussed, and therefore most widely imitated and influential, is that music which is available on records. The music that is only published is very little known. I don't think one can possibly exaggerate the extent to which the climate of music today is determined by the fact that the totalis available on records, that the totalis becoming available." Quoted in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, .
Milton Babbitt music
"For me, the most important thing is the element of chance that is built into a live . The very great drawback of recorded sound is the fact that it is always the same. No matter how wonderful ais, I know that I couldn't live with it -- even of my own music -- with the same nuances forever." - , Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, .
Concert music
What is calledtoday is all too often only a disguise for the monologue of . However, and this is the supreme irony of it all, never before have musicians tried so hard to communicate with their audience, and never before has that communication been so deceiving. Music now seems hardly more than a somewhat clumsy excuse for the self-glorification of musicians and the growth of a new industrial sector.
Jacques Attali music
There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of sound constantly changing in shape, direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces. The form of the work is a consequence of this interaction. Possible musical forms are as limitless as the exterior forms of crystals.
Edgard Varese music
"Tombs with piped in music. How classy."
Thief music
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley music
It's more like giving people a taste of what the tour will be like. It's getting people to hear the music to a different sound ... We remixed some of the songs so they sound totally different. It's really energetic.
Hilary Duff music
"Music is not a language. Any musical piece is akin to a boulder with complex forms, with striations and engraved designs atop and within, which men can decipher in a thousand different ways without ever finding the right answer or the best one..."
Iannis Xenakis music
I see nothing unethical in the job it does. Why shouldn't you send a copy of some music to a friend?
Richard Stallman music
musical hairsplitting - the act of classifying music and musicians into pathologically picayune categories: "The Vienna Franks are a good example of urban white acid folk revivalism crossed with ska." (page 85)
Generation X: Tales For An Accelerated Culture music
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 music
"The very being of music is created by cognitive attributions made by individual perceiving or conceiving imaginers, in individual acts of perceiving or conceiving--that, in fact, the only real music 'theory' IS the creative-intellectual transaction which ontologizes music itself."
Benjamin Boretz music
Music is everything that one listens to with the intention of listening to music.
Luciano Berio music
Kosh: Ahh. You seek meaning. Talia: Yes. Kosh: Then listen to the music, not the song.
Babylon 5 music
"For I consider that music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all, whether a feeling, an attitude of mind, a psychological mood, a phenomenon of nature, etc. Expression has never been an inherent property of music. That is by no means the purpose of its existence. If, as is nearly always the case, music appears to express something, this is only an illusion and not a reality. It is simply an additional attribute which, by tacit and inveterate agreement, we have lent it, thrust upon it, as a label, a convention – in short, an aspect which, unconsciously or by force of habit, we have come to confuse with its essential being."
Igor Stravinsky music
“Beer, tobacco, and music,” he went on. “Behold the Fatherland.”
Thomas Mann music
I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world.
Peter Ustinov music
Pop music can't be described, but quantified.
Pop music music
"With Fischer, one was in more immediate contact with the music: there was no curtain before the soul when he communicated with the audience. One other musician, Furtwangler, conveyed to the same degree this sensation of music not being played, but rather happening by itself."
Alfred Brendel music
"Those who can't hear the music think the dancers are insane."
S/M music
I believe in that step of not just making revolutionary music but making it in a way that challenges the system, Especially in this day and age when the tools for producing and distributing are more and more accessible to the average Joe and Josephine. The possibility of emancipation and control and independence is so much greater now.
Ani Difranco music
I propose now closing up by requesting you play a certain piece of music or a tune. I thought "Dixie" one of the best tunes I ever heard... I had heard our adversaries over the way had attempted to appropriate it. I insisted yesterday that we had fairly captured it... I presented the question to the Attorney-General, and he gave his opinion that it is our lawful prize... I ask the Band to give us a good turn upon it.
Lincoln music
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Mary Kay Ash music
When 'Catch Me If You Can' was published back in 1980, I never dreamed that it would become a bestseller, much less a major motion picture and now a big Broadway musical. What's amazing about the book is that it has never gone out of print.
Frank Abagnale music
In the future, I kind of like the idea of doing music for film. I think that would be a nice job. I've always liked the sound aspect in movies. I guess once I have more instruments under my belt, it could be something I could do.
Christopher Abbott music
I was never interested in becoming an actor. I was directing videos. I was never into acting. I was into shooting music videos. I've only ever been behind the camera. Never in front of it.
Barkhad Abdi music
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