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Famous Music Quotations

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"Now, the band that inspired that great saying, 'Stop The Music!!'"
by Henny Youngman
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
by Charlie Parker
"Philosophy is the highest music."
by Plato
"[The music services] have been anxious to [expand to Europe]. It's been the labels dragging their feet. The cloud cover is that there are a lot of different licensing authorities and things are fragmented over there. But when it gets to be important, the labels can get people in line."
by Phil Leigh
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
by Aldous Huxley
"A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune."
by Anon.
"The car attachment cost me 100 bucks, so I can play music on my radio."
by Bryce Compton
"The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others."
by William Lyon Phelps
"The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral."
by H. L. Mencken
"The music of the Beatles is always fabulous, ... This groups plays it well but you wouldn't mistake them for the original."
by Linda Murphy
"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres."
by Anonymous
"There once was a brainy baboon who always breathed down a bassoon for he said, ''It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune.''"
by Ezra Pound
"This is the first music product that people consider to be an emotional statement."
by Richard Doherty
"They're great songwriters in the tradition of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Their songs are beautiful and filled with all sorts of wonderful textures. It's all very emotional and moving. It's the first outside project I've ever produced."
by Anonymous
"They're everything that's wrong with music, ... Out of everything combined, they're everything wrong with culture, and everything wrong with art, and what we think of as art and musical culture - in one family!"
by David LaChapelle
"Tobey can cry just like that. Whenever I have a crying scene, I have to listen to sad music, put my headphones on and kind of zone out."
by Kirsten Dunst
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
by Anonymous
"We are so pleased to be able to offer a second installment of music from Dora on this new CD. We know parents and children alike are looking forward to enjoying these time honored dance favorites and Dora The Explorer Dance Fiesta! will surely become a children's classic."
by Joe DiMuro
"We discussed music and singing every time our paths crossed out here."
by Robert Hayden
"We have a great lineup of music. We tried to keep the theme of diverse music, universal appeal."
by John Largay
"We talk about music and how we got involved."
by Brooks Yang
"We plan on bringing in a band that played during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin on Feb. 24."
by James Cobb
"We liked to play happy music, especially the oldies that Mike loved."
by Ray Collins
"We learned pretty early on in this band that you can't have snobbery in music."
by Mike Shinoda
"What concerns the record industry is that with the move to digital delivery, consumer behavior changes to where people believe any and all music should be available for free."
by Mark Hardie
"What we've seen is that Warner and Seagram have produced figures that indicate their exposure to the music market has been poor and everyone had assumed that EMI would be equally affected,"
by Paul Richards
"What we play is life."
by Louis Armstrong
"Yes, I sing songs about relationships on the edge, relationships of all kinds, but remember I did not write them all, ... They are not all based on my experiences. Years ago, I wrote with Dennis Walker and Bruce Bromberg, who were 10 years older and divorced two or three times. They had great senses of humor, which is where lines like 'a boatload of lawyers just sank' came from. It is their stories on Strong Persuader, my breakthrough album from 1986. Sneaking out the window, 'Porch Light,' they are not my songs or lines. So, my life is not as miserable as some of the music makes it out to be. My wife Sue and I have been married for 15 years. She's an actor, but Sue gets the credit she deserves on some of my songs."
by Anonymous
"You are the music while the music lasts."
by Anonymous
"All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!"
by Yoko Ono
"You don't need any brains to listen to music."
by Luciano Pavarotti
"Apple Computer can argue that its use of the trademark has nothing to do with music. They could say, 'This isn't our music. We're selling access to this service.' That's another argument for a low royalty."
by Lee Bromberg
"Customers enjoy using the legal (Web) sites. They're going to do it if they can get (music) on their own terms."
by Brian Lucas
"Digital music finally got off the ground in Europe in 2005, but it is important to retain a sense of perspective: paying for digital music is currently a niche activity and is still outweighed by file sharing which is conducted by 15 percent of European internet users."
by Mark Mulligan
"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned."
by George Bernard Shaw
"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned"
by Anonymous
"I kind of tied the two together (music and art)."
by Matt Brown
"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."
by Milton Babbitt
"I say in my book that a lot of the music our forebears created was written for rich, snotty, snobby people who had enough money to buy theatre tickets. There was a great deal of trivia, a shallow quality to things ... ... You know, that 'I've got rhythm, I've got ...', there's something about it that's not very serious, and at least popular music during our generation began crossing over into an area where it was saying something about the conditions that prevailed."
by Jimmy Webb
"I have my own charity I am trying to get off the ground as well, which some of my concerts go toward funding, ... I am building a school-the Roberta Flack School of Music-in two brownstones I purchased in New York City. The purpose is to help other young musician artists just as I received good teaching and help from my family and friends back home."
by Roberta Flack
"I'm very happy to be back in touch with a part of myself. It's surreal. For 35 years, I never thought I'd be reunited with the music I wrote during the Creedence Clearwater Revival years. After meeting with Norman Lear, Hal Gaba, and Glen Barros (President of Concord), I'm happy to say that the new Fantasy is very enthusiastic about my body of work. All the people there have been delightful. They are honoring my songs that hold an important place in the history of American music. And, they are honoring me."
by John Fogerty
"I think early on he knew the prognosis wasn't good. He was basically incapacitated. He couldn't play music, he couldn't paint and after awhile, he couldn't read."
by Ron Lynam
"If it's done right, whoever cracks the digital-music-on-the-cell-phone conundrum will do well,"
by Neil Strother
"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."
by Anonymous
"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."
by Henry David Thoreau
"In December, we found out we were selected to be part of the music program featured on PBS to be broadcast March 9. It is part of their pledge drive. As a part of a pilot program, they are spotlighting music education in Kansas at that time."
by Judy Jones
"If you listen to our music, it's not just blatant Christian music. We went people to listen, look back at the music and ask themselves, 'What do they mean by this?' Then they can come to us and ask about the songs."
by Matt Clark
"It's learning you. It's delivering the music you like and tracks your interaction with the music."
by Jeff Williams
"Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail."
by Luciano Pavarotti
"It's sad. There is no original music scene in New Jersey anymore. There are cover bands, and I have nothing against them. I enjoy them myself. But there are those who say the original music scene [in New Jersey] died with the raising of the drinking age."
by Larry Collins
"Life is short, guys, girls. Enjoy it. Do whatever it is you want to do. You want to go back to school, you want to stay in school, stay in school. You want to paint, music. You want to do porn, do porn. But don't tell your parents."
by Anonymous
"Let me run with you tonight, I'll take you on a moonlit ride..."
by Anonymous
"Mankind has been creating beautiful music for many centuries. What we call early music tends to be very transparent. You can see all the parts; hear all the parts. It has clarity."
by Mary Johnson
"Nature's music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions."
by Mary Webb
"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."
by Groucho Marx
"Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense."
by Joseph Addison
"Otherwise we will have a situation like what happened with the peer-to-peer problems in the music industry, and there will be a loss in revenue in the film industry, and then we won't be able to create the magic that we have in the past."
by James Cameron
"NYCO is a band comprised of NIU music alumni. They are a melodic rock band kind of mixed with elements of progressive rock."
by John Ugolini
"Since I am coming to that holy room, / Where, with thy quire of Saints for evermore, / 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."
by Anonymous
"So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift."
by Cecilia Bartoli
"Psychoanalyses is like music lessons, for 5 years you do not notice any progress and suddenly you can play the piano."
by Anonymous
"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."
by Robin Gibb
"Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?"
by William Shakespeare
"Online shopping, anything involving pictures, downloading music can use up too much of a taxed system."
by Jennifer Laster
"Only sick music makes money today."
by Anonymous
"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."
by Ravi Shankar
"It's been a word-of-mouth phenomenon that none of us have really seen in music. I'm not sure there's anything we can compare it to. It's completely unprecedented."
by Laurence Bell
"Music was my way of keeping people from looking through and around me. I wanted the heavies to know I was around."
by Bruce Springsteen
"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing."
by John Erskine
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."
by Ludwig Beethoven
"Music is my main goal, but I'm not going to rush a record out. There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don't want to do it because it's the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right."
by River Phoenix
"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life."
by Jean Richter
"Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions."
by Jacques Barzun
"Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously."
by Henry Miller
"Just the idea of someone who lives their art was interesting to me. The music was so strong that I had to make it the focus. But you keep hearing about the life. Being a young artist myself, I wondered, do you have to live it? Or can you just make it up? He was definitely of the school that you had to live it."
by Margaret Brown
"My parents have always been seriously helpful and behind it all the way. Although you think classical music is a different world, it's really not. The tours and recording sessions are basically the same."
by Lee Rocker
"It's obvious to any music fan that the combo of all four of them is totally impressive, entertaining, charming, and better than a lot of music out there."
by John Richards
"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world"
by Martin Luther
"I've never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that's why I go on doing it - I like to see everybody smile."
by Buddy Guy
"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."
by John Lennon
"I like Wagner's music much better than anybody's. It's so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing you."
by Anonymous
"I think it just shows the strength and depth of our music program. We've also had many bands that have performed, as well as orchestras. I think it's unusual a town the size of Odessa to have had so many groups invited to perform at this convention."
by Randy Talley
"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."
by George Eliot
"In addition to celebrating great blues music, we always wanted to make sure that proceeds from this endeavor flowed back to the musicians and to efforts to keep this wonderful music alive."
by Martin Scorsese
"I think the first factor is the music. I think the second is their individuality. And I really think the third was that if you take their music today, and you played it to an audience that never heard of the Beatles, and played their 20 or 30 best songs, the music would be as fresh today as it was in 1970 or 1966. It's timeless."
by Larry Kane
"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."
by Plato
"I was able to believe when everything looked really dark and gray. I had a little break where the music carried me through. I love the music and performing this program. It's always so special to me no matter what happens. It goes beyond an athletic event and just becomes an emotional experience. I was able to attack the rest of the program."
by Anonymous
"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."
by Elvis Presley
"Clinton was saying that the school-killings in Colorado were connected with rock music, but that is stupid. The government needed to blame it on something and rock seemed to be the easiest target."
by Jonathan Davis
"Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it."
by Liam Gallagher
"I wonder how unique people realize that it is. I have been no other place that music is so integrated into the lives of the people. Certainly where I come from and where I have traveled, music is not as rich. Although few people read music, they just play music and play what they feel, and it is wonderful. It was just one of the most fun projects I have ever made. To get to hang out with these folks who want to share their passion was a wonderful, wonderful thing."
by Roger Sherman
"A song will outlive all sermons in the memory."
by Henry Giles
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself."
by Anonymous
"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."
by Stanley Kubrick
"[During the 6th Annual Americana Music Conference, from September 8-10 in Nashville, an all-star] house band ... explore the linkages between social struggles, respect for fundamental rights and the recognition of personal dignity and community empowerment."
by Buddy Miller
"Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
by Samuel Butler
"All the sounds of the earth are like music."
by Oscar Hammerstein
"Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether."
by H.S. Thompson
"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together."
by Richard M. Nixon
"My loathings are simple stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music."
by Vladimir Nabokov


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