Quotes About Music

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David Mitchell
“Spent the fortnight gone in the music room reworking my year's fragments into a 'sextet for overlapping soloists': piano, clarinet, 'cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor; in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Oliver Sacks
“There are, of course, inherent tendencies to repetition in music itself. Our poetry, our ballads, our songs are full of repetition; nursery rhymes and the little chants and songs we use to teach young children have choruses and refrains. We are attracted to repetition, even as adults; we want the stimulus and the reward again and again, and in music we get it. Perhaps, therefore, we should not be surprised, should not complain if the balance sometimes shifts too far and our musical sensitivity becomes a vulnerability.”
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Oliver Sacks
“There is certainly a universal and unconscious propensity to impose a rhythm even when one hears a series of identical sounds at constant intervals... We tend to hear the sound of a digital clock, for example, as "tick-tock, tick-tock" - even though it is actually "tick tick, tick tick.”
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Nicholas Sparks
“Life…was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

Christos Tsiolkas
“In the three minutes it takes the song to play I'm caught in a magic world of harmony and joy, a truly ecstatic joy, where the aching longing to be somewhere else, out of this city, out of this country, out of this body and out of this life, is kept at bay.”
Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded
tags: music

Ani DiFranco
“Art is why I get up in the morning, but my definition ends there. You know, it doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something I can't even define, but there you are, right there, in the meantime.”
Ani DiFranco, Ani Difranco: The Complete Lyrics
tags: art, music

Stephen Sondheim
“Music straightjackets a poem and prevents it from breathing on its own, whereas it liberates a lyric. Poetry doesn't need music; lyrics do.”
Stephen Sondheim, Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes

Muriel Barbery
“Here are all these people, full of heartache or hatred or desire, and we all have our troubles and the school year is filled with vulgarity and triviality and consequence, and there are all these teachers and kids of every shape and size, and there's this life we're struggling through full of shouting and tears and fights and break-ups and dashed hopes and unexpected luck -- it all disappears, just like that, when the choir begins to sing. Everyday life vanishes into song, you are suddenly overcome with a feeling of brotherhood, of deep solidarity, even love, and it diffuses the ugliness of everyday life into a spirit of perfect communion.”
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
tags: life, music

“Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong
May all evil stumble as it flies in the world
All the tribes comes and the mighty will crumble
We must brave this night and have faith in love”
Janelle Monáe

“I love people who play guitars on roofs!" said Rose, hopping along the pavement in one of her sudden happy moods. "Don't you?"

"Never knew anyone else who did it!"

"Don't you like Tom?"

"Of course I do. But I don't know about all the other guitar-on-roof players! They might be really awful people, with just that one good thing about them. Playing guitars on roofs... or bagpipes... Or drums... Sarah would like that, and Saffy could have the bagpipes! Caddy could have a harp.... What about Mum?"

"One of those gourds filled with beans!" said Rose at once. "And Daddy could have a grand piano. On a flat roof. With a balcony and pink flowers in pots around the edge! And I'll have a very loud trumpet! What about you?"

"I'll just listen," said Indigo.”
Hilary McKay, Indigo's Star

William Shakespeare
“By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet
did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones and floods;
since nought so stockish, hard and full of rage,
but music for the time doth change his nature.
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
and his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Jarod Kintz
“If I had four fingers growing out of my forehead, I wouldn't try to play the piano with my nose.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Steve Rasnic Tem
“I was never very good with either my hands or feet. It always seemed to me they'd just been stuck on as an afterthought during my making. Dreams didn't translate through sports, or music, dancing, carpentry, plumbing. I was the bookish kid, more at home in the pages of a fantasy than in the room in the town on the planet.”
Steve Rasnic Tem, The Man on the Ceiling

“I guess in this culture of ever-shortening attention spans, it's good if a song can lift us out of the madness, even if only for a few minutes.”
Peter Bradley Adams

Alan Partridge
“I’d spend hours in HMVs, Virgin Megastores and second-hand record shops staffed by greasy-haired 40-year-olds dressed as 20-year-olds, listening to contemporary music of every genre – Britrock, heavy maiden, gang rap, brakebeat. And I came to a startling but unshakeable conclusion: no genuinely good music has been created since 1988.”
Alan Partridge, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

“Music was a balm for any weary soul. It could either lift a person out of the doldrums or comfort him if there was no other solace to be had.”
Lisa S. Lewis, Love's Road Home
tags: music

Tiffanie DeBartolo
“Choice betrays character,” I said.

“That’s not true.” Loring moved his finger along the
sheet as if writing his name in cursive. “Eliza, you can’t judge a man solely on his actions. Sometimes actions are nothing more than reactions.”
Tiffanie DeBartolo

Yann Martel
“How does one say in the jargon of musicology that my sould was pulled out of me and thrown up in the air, to be tossed about by the music. How does one say that I breathed, that I existed, in harmony with the ups and downs of those notes. What kind of notes both elevate and cast down, exalt and crush?”
Yann Martel, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios
tags: music

“Every time you go in, it's like starting over. You don't know how you did the other records. You're learning all over. It's some weird musician amnesia, or maybe the road wipes it out.”

Rob Sheffield
“I've never heard of anybody getting rid of their prized Exile postcards, much less actually writing on them and sending them through the mail to a girl. I watched these two, laughing over this story at the same kitchen table they've shared for thirty years. I realize that I will never fully understand the millions of bizarre ways that music brings people together.”
Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape
tags: love, music

Tim Hensley
“Music is our bidet, man.”
Tim Hensley, Wally Gropius

Barbara Hall
“I wanted to smell the guitars. It's hard to explain but they have a smell. And the best way I could ever describe it would be to say they smell like potential. Ambition and desire. If such things had a smell.”
Barbara Hall, Tempo Change
tags: music

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“four geological eras had to pass so that human beings would be able to outsing the birds and die for love.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“We all fall sometime, you're not the first. I know it hurts. In the end, you'll find what you deserve.”
Alter Bridge
tags: music

Hallgrímur Helgason
“Mein gutes altes kroatisches Herz beschleunigte von Walzer zu Death Metal.”
Hallgrímur Helgason, Zehn Tipps, das Morden zu beenden und mit dem Abwasch zu beginnen


“There were no ideas in music, only touch and instinct and sometimes grace—the mechanical tools—and that among those who were given the tools, only a few, a scant few, would be able to tell you something true.”
Will Boast, Power Ballads
tags: music

Jarod Kintz
“If anybody can appreciate fine music, it's me. I mean who else can hit multiple octaves with their armpits?”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
tags: music

“Music is a holy place, a cathedral so majestic that we can sense the magnificence of the universe.”
Don Campbell
tags: music

“100% Reason to remember the name.”
Fort Minor
tags: music

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