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Your favourite music-related quotations

Elaine Green 01 Feb 07 - 09:56 PM
Elaine Green 01 Feb 07 - 09:52 PM
Cluin 01 Feb 07 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,Talkbone 01 Feb 07 - 05:58 PM
GUEST,Dale 01 Feb 07 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Dale 01 Feb 07 - 05:46 PM
Jim Lad 01 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM
GUEST,Spike 01 Feb 07 - 05:04 PM
The Sandman 07 Jul 06 - 05:03 PM
GUEST,Texas Guest 06 Jul 06 - 10:46 PM
GUEST,Allen in Oz 06 Jul 06 - 10:39 PM
harpmolly 06 Jul 06 - 10:29 PM
number 6 06 Jul 06 - 10:21 PM
dwditty 06 Jul 06 - 09:27 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Jul 06 - 08:32 PM
GUEST 06 Jul 06 - 02:07 PM
Paco Rabanne 06 Jul 06 - 11:56 AM
Leadfingers 06 Jul 06 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,Chis 06 Jul 06 - 10:25 AM
GUEST,Joe D 06 Jul 06 - 10:25 AM
GUEST 06 Jul 06 - 10:24 AM
Genie 06 Jul 06 - 02:10 AM
pastorpest 02 Feb 01 - 11:06 PM
Hawker 02 Feb 01 - 07:14 PM
harpo 02 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM
Marion 02 Feb 01 - 06:27 PM
GUEST,Jennifer 29 Jan 01 - 01:00 AM
FrankieB 28 Jan 01 - 03:24 PM
GUEST 28 Jan 01 - 09:28 AM
GUEST,Brian Hoskin 26 Jan 01 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,cheryl, guest 26 Jan 01 - 09:48 AM
Uncle_DaveO 26 Jan 01 - 09:41 AM
MikeofNorthumbria 26 Jan 01 - 08:53 AM
GUEST,Brian Hoskin 26 Jan 01 - 03:48 AM
Matt_R 26 Jan 01 - 12:22 AM
GUEST,Bardford 26 Jan 01 - 12:20 AM
chordstrangler 25 Jan 01 - 08:32 PM
GUEST,petr 25 Jan 01 - 08:07 PM
KathWestra 25 Jan 01 - 05:48 PM
GMT 25 Jan 01 - 05:13 AM
john c 25 Jan 01 - 01:57 AM
Uncle_DaveO 24 Jan 01 - 09:26 PM
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Bill D 24 Jan 01 - 08:48 PM
cowboypoet 24 Jan 01 - 07:59 PM
Justa Picker 24 Jan 01 - 06:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Elaine Green
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 09:56 PM

In reading back through these, I can see that the one about the banjo in the kitchen simply cannot be topped!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Elaine Green
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 09:52 PM

I've always liked this from novelist John Irving -

"Music is NEVER background music to a musician."

I also like the famous T-Bone Burnett quote, something to the effect that "You can sing about the light, or you can sing about what you see because of the light."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 06:12 PM

"Music is so important. For without music, dancing looks really stupid."
    ~ Andy M. Stewart on a Silly Wizard concert video


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Talkbone
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 05:58 PM

"There are two kinds of music; Good and Bad"

                - Charlie Mingus (?)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 05:55 PM

Another one, this one from the great Irish Tenor, John McCormack, 1884-1945.

"I live again the days and evenings of my long career. I dream at night of operas and concerts in which I have had my share of success. Now like the old Irish minstrel, I have hung up my harp because my songs are all sung."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 05:46 PM

"I believe that music can connect people's hearts." Lisa Loeb

Good words for all of us to remember.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Jim Lad
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM

No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets
But as truly loves on to the close
As the sunflower turns to her God when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose.


Thomas Moore


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Spike
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 05:04 PM

Himmel und Erde mussen vergehen Aber die Musika, aber die Musika, aber die Musika, bleibet bestehen.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 05:03 PM

The definition of a gentleman;He who can play the piano accordion but refrains.
2.John Cage on your favourite music related quotations.........




3.Fred Trueman on Brahms and List.Idont know what the bloody hells going on out there.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:46 PM

What a fun thread. I was very lucky several years,...no, make that -
many years ago - to have worked with Michael Smith who told me, "Once you learn how to play you have to learn how not to play."

Genie - I saw that Dylan show, too, and was reminded of "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," and a few others that need to be dusted off. Thinking again of Michael Smith, he and Barbara sang but a few songs that they didn't write; but, we did a bang-up version of "Sweet Marie"
and I still love that old song. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Allen in Oz
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:39 PM

Sorcha

I think the quote re Carnegie Hall came from Yehoudi Menhouin. He asked a stranger one night during a snow storm how to get to Garnegie hall where he was to perform. The stranger looked at our man with the violin case and advised him to " Practice my boy, practice"!

Music is to speech
What poetry is to prose


AD 1943


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: harpmolly
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:29 PM

Two incredible Rilke poems in which music figures prominently:

"To Music"
Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps:
silence of paintings. You language where all language
ends. You time
standing vertically on the motion of mortal hearts.

Feelings for whom? O you the transformation
of feelings into what?--: into audible landscape.
You stranger: music. You heart-space
grown out of us. The deepest space in us,
which, rising above us, forces its way out,--
holy departure:
when the innermost point in us stands
outside, as the most practiced distance, as the other
side of the air:
pure,
boundless,
no longer habitable.

"Love-Song"
How shall I hold my soul, that it may not
Be touching yours? How shall I lift it then,
Above you to where other things are waiting?
Ah, gladly would I lodge it, all-forgot,
With some lost thing the dark is isolating,
On some remote and silent spot that, when
Your depths vibrate, is not itself vibrating.
You and me--all that lights upon us, though,
Brings us together like a fiddle-bow
Drawing one voice from two strings it glides along.
Across what instrument have we been spanned?
And what violinist holds us in his hand?
O sweetest song.

M


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: number 6
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:21 PM

"I played the wrong, wrong notes" .... Thelonious Monk

sIx


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: dwditty
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 09:27 PM

Those that hear not the music, think the dancers mad.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 08:32 PM

A comment from a folk club I ran back in the late 70s.

A casual visitor, when asked if he wanted to perform, replied in an unmistakeable Welsh accent, "Of course I bloody do! Did you ever hear of a Welshman who couldn't sing?"

He'd made a basic error, as the young lady on the door that night was the sharpest heckler in Kent.

"MANY!", she replied, "BUT NEVER ONE THAT DIDN'T".

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 02:07 PM

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 Zappa


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 11:56 AM

99 is the new 100, not 101!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 11:12 AM

Ted !! 101 !!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Chis
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:25 AM

Yikes!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Joe D
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:25 AM

Lurkin'


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:24 AM

Where this old stuff been?


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 02:10 AM

Spaw, thanks for posting the lyrics to "Lay Down Your Weary Song." I was watching the Scorcese documentary "No Direction Home" tonight and Part II ended with that song. Somehow, even though I became a Dylan fan back about 1961-2, I managed to miss that song.   I think it's one of his most singable ones and I love the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: pastorpest
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 11:06 PM

I could never spell his name and I never liked his philosophy but Neischte said: "Life without music would be a mistake." At least he got something right.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Hawker
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 07:14 PM

How about these two I have on fridge magnets in my kitchen.....(well it's a sensible place to keep a fridge).....

DANCE as though no-one is watching LOVE as though you have never been hurt SING as though no-one can hear you and LIVE as though heaven is on Earth.

or Where word fail....Music speaks

I also thought of the Dave Webber one already listed then there is this poem that a childhood sweetheart sent me many yaers ago which I nevcer forgot.....

There was a man with a tongue of wood who loved to sing In truth, it was lamentable..... But there was one who heard the clip clatter of the tongue of wood And knew what the singer wished to say. With that the singer was content

Profoud! especially for a lovesick fourteen year old!

Hawks


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: harpo
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM

The best advice I ever got

Shortly after moving to Woodstock New York in the early 70's, I was playing with the Jerry More Work Band at The Joyous Lake ( a great local club) After finishing for the night, Paul Butterfield came into the dressing room and introduced himself to me. I was thrilled to say the least! He then said ,"kid you're really good, but you play too @**@in' much!" I was devastated. I walked around for days thinking about killing myself, or him. However it dawned on me that Paul was doing me a great favor. A harp player is an addition to any band and as such, needs to enhance the music not dominate it. So if you will, allow me to pass this great advice along. Paul and I became great friends and I miss him.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Marion
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 06:27 PM

Here's another prospect, but I can't decide if it's true or not. What do you think?

"Practice doesn't make perfect, nor is it supposed to. Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes."

Marion


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Jennifer
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 01:00 AM

"It's not what ya say that counts, it's what ya don't say.". . .Count Basie on Jazz And I can't imagine that no one mentioned the slightly "it's a guy thing" point of view-- " A pretty girl is like a melody . . ."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: FrankieB
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 03:24 PM

"The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like the old folks singing in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago." Louis Armstrong


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 09:28 AM


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Brian Hoskin
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 11:15 AM

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense,as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk.
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness -
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

John Keats Ode to a Nightingale

"Not the voices of animals but their entrails are important to us, and the animal to which music is most indebted is not the nightingale but the sheep" Eduard Hanslick On the Musically Beautiful


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,cheryl, guest
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 09:48 AM

Emma Goldman? early feminist -- "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."

To me, music and dancing are one and the same.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 09:41 AM

GUEST Brian Hoskin said:

"Here's one for those of you not overly keen on analysing things: 'Musicologists are to musicians what ornithologists are to birds.' Charles Rosen (I think)"

This reminds me of the quote (which could easily be applied to music): "Art critics are to art as astronomers are to the stars. They can tell you what the stars are doing, but they can't tell the stars what to do."

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 08:53 AM

"If we do not sing our songs, the land will die"

Said by an Australian Aborigine to Bruce Chatwin, and quoted in the latter's book "Songlines"

Alternatively, from John Dryden's "Ode on St Cecilia's Day", a vision of the end of the universe, when:

"The dead shall live, the living die/ And music shall untune the sky."

So, treat that music with respect, it's powerful stuff.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Brian Hoskin
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 03:48 AM

Here's one for those of you not overly keen on analysing things:

"Musicologists are to musicians what ornithologists are to birds"

Charles Rosen (I think)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Matt_R
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 12:22 AM

Shut the f*** up and get a guitar!

--Noel Gallagher (about teenie bopper music)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Bardford
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 12:20 AM

I found this in "The Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quoatations", which I picked up at Chapters for 5 dollars (Canadian, so 42 cents US):

Musick is the thing of the world that I love most.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
BTW - Mary in Kentucky, there was only one quote by Albert Schweitzer in this 400 page book, and it wasn't about Chopin.
Here's another one:
Minuentur atrae
Carmine curae
Dark worries will be lessened by song.
Horace

Cheers, Bardford


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: chordstrangler
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 08:32 PM

what about: " An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world requires that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English speaking audiences"....Edith Wharton.

Or- "Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast - but I'd try a revolver first"......Josh Billings.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 08:07 PM

I dont normally sing, and when I do, its not normally.

playing fiddle tunes is like a merry go round that exists outside our dimension and every once in a while we get on and ride.

(another one not music related but on the availability of single men in Alaska. To a single woman in Alaska the odds are good, but the goods are odd.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: KathWestra
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 05:48 PM

Chekov: "Music unlocks the frozen rivers of the heart."

Dave Webber: "After love, I ask of life
Just one simple thing:
Pray never let me see the time
That does not let me sing."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GMT
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 05:13 AM

Andre Previn (Mr. Privet) turns to Eric Morecambe
(who is on piano) and says "Your playing all the
wrong notes".

Eric replies:
"I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily
in the right order"

Gary


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: john c
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 01:57 AM

Robin Williamson: "Music is an eternal power that comes from the beginning of time and goes on to the end of time and musicians get allowed to play it"

Me(for all German scholars): "Jazz macht krank"

And "Close enough for folk" when that e-string just wont sound right!


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 09:26 PM

Tattie Bogle said: "And 'the devil has the best tunes' - by Lucifer, beelzebub, Old Nick or whtever else you like to call him! "

Actually the quote and attribution are as follows:

"He did not see any reason why the devil should have all the good tunes." Sermons. From E. W. Broome, the Reverend Rowland Hill. Hill lived from 1744 to 1833.

This from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Fourteenth Edition, Copyright 1968.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 09:06 PM

"Ahhh, my pretty vun, ve could make ze beautifool musik togezzair!"

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 08:48 PM

"since it is no better, I'm glad it is no worse.."
..(he lost his girlfriend, but still has "brandy in my bottle, and money in my purse")

from "I've Rambled This Country, Both Earlye and Late"


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: cowboypoet
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 07:59 PM

"Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song, "And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong?"

- Townes Van Zandt


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Justa Picker
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 06:08 PM

I guess this one would apply.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Jan 01 - 06:01 PM

I don't want to be the second Caruso, I want to be the first Martinelli. Giovanni Martinelli, a very good operatic tenor.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: John Routledge
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 09:56 PM

Burke There is hope for us all. Compulsory listening. Cant wait to hear Reen on Paltalk. Regards GB


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 08:21 PM

George Bernard Shaw, who was a music critic before hitting hte bigtime with his plays, once said the single word: "Press." He was walking past a street busker.

Not music, but appropriate for a music room - that great golfer of the 50s (Ben Hogan? or similar name) said: "Sure I'm lucky. The harder I practice,t he luckier I get."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 05:06 PM

And "the devil has the best tunes" - by Lucifer, beelzebub, Old Nick or whtever else you like to call him!


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