vibration comes motion
Through motion comes color
Through color comes tone
- 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.
I'll play it first and figure out what it's called later.
- Miles Davis
Music above all, and for this choose the irregular.
- Paul Verlaine
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.
If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
They teach you there's a boundary line to music.
But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
- Charlie Parker
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he
knows how to listen.
- Duke Ellington
my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason
it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time.
- Charles Mingus
You can't make your music good. You can't try to be
good. You can try to be present and you can try to remain open so
what is going to speak to you can speak through you.
- Michael Hedges
Let us sort the music from the sound.
- Michael Stipe of REM
Music should go right through you, leave some of itself inside you,
and take some of you with it when it leaves.
- Henry Threadgill
The music has generated all the techniques I use. When I sit down
to learn to play something . . . it is not because I want to master
a technique. It is because I want to hear what an idea sounds like.
- Pat Martino
Information is not knowledge; Knowledge is not Wisdom; Wisdom
is not truth; Truth is not beauty; Beauty is not love; Love is
not music; Music is the best.
- - Frank
I don't think you can ever do your best. Doing your best is a process
of trying to do your best.
- Townes Van Zandt
Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings
to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety
and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all
that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but
nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.
What we play is
- Louis Armstrong
Music has charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend
a knotted oak.
- William Congreve
If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards.
- Joe Pass
Not everyone is going to like what I do, and that's something I can
accept. If everyone liked what I did, I probably wouldn't be playing
anything of depth.
- Joshua Redman
I like to play with people who can play simple and are not threatened
by other musicians thinking they can't play. And that eliminates 99
percent of the musicians.
- Neil Young
If I can get out of the way, if I can be pure enough, and if I can
be generous and loving and caring enough to abandon what I have and
my own preconceived, silly notions of what I think I am - and become
truly who in fact I am - then the music can really use me. And therein
lies my fulfillment. That's when the music starts to happen.
- John McLaughlin
How you play a note is just as important as what the note is.
- Henry Kaiser
I don't care who likes it or buys it. Because if you use that criterion,
Mozart would never have written Don Giovanni, Charlie Parker would
never have played anything but swing music. There comes a point at
which you have to stand up and say, this is what I have to do.
- Brandford Marsalis
Whether you're playing in a bar, a strip joint, or the Himalayas,
the first duty of music is to compliment and enhance life.
- Carlos Santana
If you are able to discover your own keynote or chord and play it
over gently to yourself, you will revive as if by magic. Your keynote
can be ascertained by listening to some good music. When the note
is played it will send a thrill right through you.
- Vera Stanley Alder
The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental.
It is the profoundest nonchemical medication.
- Oliver Sacks "Awakenings"
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.
-Thoreau JOURNAL 1857
Music possesses much richer means of expression and it is a more subtle
medium for translating the 1000 shifting moments of the feelings of
-Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Music can be all things to all persons. It is like a great dynamic
sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration
in every direction.... Music makes us feel that the heavens open and
a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands.
- Leopold Stokowski
The heart at the center of the universe with every throb hurls the
flood of happiness into every artery, vein and veinlet, so that the
whole system is inundated with tides of joy. The plenty of the poorest
place is too great; the harvest cannot be gathered. Every sound ends
in music. The edge of every surface is tinged with prismatic rays.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives
its most distinctive characteristic.
- James Weldon Johnson
If music be the food of love, play on.
- William Shakespeare
Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to
create harmony, must investigate discord.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time,
when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it
time well spent.
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible
- Aldous Huxley
- From the
metaphysical point of view there is nothing that can touch the
formless except the art of music which in itself is formless.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
Music is the universal language of mankind.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
- Johann Sebastian Bach
Without music life would be a mistake.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
You are the music while the music lasts.
- T. S. Eliot
The history of a people is found in its songs.
- George Jellinek
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures
- Leopole Stokowski
Music is the eye of the ear
- Thomas Draxe
We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
- Decca Recording Company,
rejecting the Beatles, 1962