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Your favourite music-related quotations

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Subject: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Marion
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 08:48 PM

Hello all. I'm reorganizing and decorating the room where I practice, and I'm looking for some good material to put up on my walls. What are your favourite quotes about music?

They don't have to be inspirational - humourous and cynical are also welcome.

Related question: can anyone correct/identify this quote?: "People may say that I didn't sing well, but nobody can say that that I didn't sing."

Thanks, Marion


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Hobie
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:04 PM

the one that sticks out in my mind is one my mando player came up with,"I think we just uninvented music" Hobie


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: kendall
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:04 PM

The man that hath no music in him
And is not moved by sweet concord of sound
Is fit for treasons, strategems and spoils
The motions of his spirit are as dull as Arebus
Let no such man be trusted. Wm. Shakespere


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:20 PM

Maybe its not what you want, but its fitting for a practice room. A college friend was trying to work out a new riff of some sort or another and he'd try to do it, change it, try it again.....but it was never quite right. Finally, he swung the instrument around and took a real serious look at the fretboard and finally said,

"Well, its on there somewhere.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Matt_R
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:32 PM

Better not listen to that, you may end up liking it.

--Stavinsky


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Sarah2
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:46 PM

(The credit for this really ought to go to "guinnessgirl," who includes it on all her e-mails to me...)

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.
There's also a negative side."
--Hunter S. Thompson

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Midchuck
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:52 PM

I have seen the David,
Seen the Mona Lisa, too.
I have heard Doc Watson
Play "Columbus Stockade Blues"

- Guy Clark, Dublin Blues

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Pelrad
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 11:37 PM

My personal favorite is probably too cynical or depressing for your wall:

Sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears.

- Paul Simon, (aka "The Great Depression"), from Rhythm of the Saints. I always liked it because it reminded me of all the times music could and did lift my spirits.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Amergin
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 11:55 PM

Then an angel touched the land
A golden harp held in his hand
I felt the love he was strumming
I felt the joy he was humming


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:42 AM

One in the hand is worth two of George Bush.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:27 AM

A Sydney Smith said: "All musical people seem to be happy. it is to them the engrossing pursuit; almost the only innocent and unpunished passion."

Singing alone on a hillside, or in an empty apartment picking up an instrument to play has prolonged many a life. (If no one said it before, they should have.)

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Night Owl
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:39 AM

Dave(tam) posted this a while ago...having had some hard times recently..it stuck with me. "Life is like a shipwreck. Don't forget to SING in the lifeboats." (think I got it right.....Dave???)


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

"Music is a higher revelation than philosophy." -- Ludwig van Beethoven


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Long Firm Freddie (at work)
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 08:01 AM

Haven't got my blue clicky crib sheet wtih me, but this site's got some amusing stuff:

http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/musical.htm

LFF


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Bill in Alabama
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 09:18 AM

I know only two tunes; one of them is Yankee Doodle, and the other one isn't

U.S. Grant


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: John Hardly
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 09:23 AM

"...he never knew how good he sang, It just made him whole"--Chapin


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: okthen
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 09:55 AM

On attending a Stockhausen concert, one of the great British conductors (probably Beacham) said "I believe I stepped in some once"

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: winniemih
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 10:27 AM

From a James Taylor song, "The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time".


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: LR Mole
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 11:19 AM

"Magic is from the Magi and therefore needs some wise men. Music is from the Muses and only needs a wise guy." I either forgot where I heard that or I just made it up. Probably both.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Stewart
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 11:35 AM

"Stop your feudin' and fightin',
Kick those no-good wars,
Beat your swords into ploughshares
And your guns into steel guitars."
Malvina Reynolds (Singin' Jesus)

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Trapper
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 11:36 AM

"If you can't sing both loud and well, sing LOUD!"

- Al Boyce (my own quotation)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: mousethief
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 11:48 AM

Musica donum Dei optimi.
---Martin Luther

Joe, can you translate? I think it means "Music is God's greatest gift [to man]" but my Latin is very rusty.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,colwyn dane
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:15 PM

Hi,

"I hate music, especially when it's played."

---Jimmy Durante---

Colwyn.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Musicman
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:16 PM

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed,
soothes the mind and gives it rest
Heals the heart and makes it whole,
Flows from Heaven to the Soul."

...and...

"Practicing is an act of Faith, The Practicing you do now
is your downpayment for next year,
and years to come."

John Derry, Prof. of Music, USCLA


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:20 PM

here is mine ...it is taped to the wall above my record collection.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Musicman
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:21 PM

Oh yeah, and check out this and this


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Audi
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:22 PM

"Ah, music....a magic beyond all we do here!"---Albus Dumbledore


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Musicman
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 12:31 PM

trying again........

this and this

hope this one works...........


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:10 PM

"It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings..."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: kendall
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:27 PM

My favorite has always been: Music hath charm to sooth the savage BREAST.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: pattyClink
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:37 PM

the German song: Himmel und Erde mussen vergehen, aber die Musica, aber die Musica, aber die Musica, bleibet verstehen.

(german scholars please correct above or below)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but the music, but the music, but the music, shall always be.

VERY LOOSELY, your verbiage may vary.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: pattyClink
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:39 PM

and we didn't yet get to Yeats'

We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams..


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: fat B****rd
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:40 PM

Interviewer : Mr. Armstrong, would you say that Jazz was Folk Music ? Louis : Well, I never heard horses play it.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Luke
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 02:55 PM

All things shall parish from under the sky, music alone shall live never to die.

Viva la musica

I'm not sure how it goes exactly but, Pete Seeger had a response when asked if his music was folk music that went something like " I ain't heard no horses playing it". Or was it Big Bill, Hmmmm?

"If you keep picking it it will never heal"

"Oppernockitty tunes but once"

"You can tell the stage is level because the (insert favorite instrument player here) drools out of both sides of his/her mouth"

Luke


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 03:00 PM

Can you play "Over the Hill and Far Away"?

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Bernard
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 03:30 PM

Sir John Barbirolli to a female cellist who was giving less than her best:

Madam, between your legs is something intended to give pleasure - please don't scratch it in public!

(I can't remember the exact wording, but that is the sense of it!)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Pelrad
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 05:12 PM

Somewhere, in a burst of glory,
Sound becomes song.
I'm bound to tell a story
That's where I belong.


- Paul Simon, "Where I Belong," You're The One


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Matt_R
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 05:38 PM

California sunlight
Sweet Calcutta rain
Honolulu starbright--
the song remains the same

--Led Zeppelin


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: JenEllen
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 05:42 PM

There ain't no shame in being beaten by a master, so rack'em up

--Johnny Lang


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Burke
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 06:39 PM

Marion also asked:
>Related question: can anyone correct/identify this quote?: "People may say that I didn't sing well, but nobody can say that that I didn't sing."

I can't find the name, but it was said by a woman who is supposed to have had a terrible voice but lots of money. She would rent Carnegie Hall, annually maybe, and put on a recital. It was apparently quite the thing to attend.

Another list I'm on had a bit of discussion about her, but I deleted the messages so can't look up any of the detials.

Luke, "All things shall parish from under the sky"
LOL! Does this mean we all end up in church after all?


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Mark. West Sussex. UK
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 06:53 PM

"There are songs I want to sing, songs I want to listen to, and crap". - The late John Fitzgerald.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,colwyn dane
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 07:38 PM

Hi,

"Classic music is th'kind that we keep thinkin'll turn into a tune."

---Fred McKinney Hubbard---

"Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best."
---Anon.---

Colwyn.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Burke
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 08:23 PM

The source of the quote is, Florence Foster Jenkins. She did have recitals & concerts, but only one at Carnegie Hall. She was 76 & the concert was a sell-out. A great entertainer, even if she couldn't sing, by this account.

And here you can get an example of her singing on The Glory of the Human Voice. I guess you can buy it from your favorite record retailer. Give her Queen of the Night aria a listen, even if you don't like opera.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 09:24 PM

The machine ate my cookie, and I can't reset it with shorty down!

(Your favorite musician here) is wandering around, on foot, hopelessly lost. Asks a person on the street:
"Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to Carnagie Hall?"
""Practice, my son, practice."

(I should rememeber who said this, but I can't!)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 11:51 PM

I'm not the world's biggest Dylan fan, but sometimes a song just hits you with something special. The imagery in Lay Down Your Weary Tune hits me with that special feeling. I once considered having it painted on the floor of our living/music room.

Lay Down Your Weary Tune........Bob Dylan, 1964

Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

The ocean wild like an organ played,
The seaweed's wove its strands.
The crashin' waves like cymbals clashed
Against the rocks and sands.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

I stood unwound beneath the skies
And clouds unbound by laws.
The cryin' rain like a trumpet sang
And asked for no applause.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

The last of leaves fell from the trees
And clung to a new love's breast.
The branches bare like a banjo played
To the winds that listened best.

I gazed down in the river's mirror
And watched its winding strum.
The water smooth ran like a hymn
And like a harp did hum.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 01:31 AM

oh geeze.......I couldn't live with that painted on my living room floor.....not even. It's a great thing, but not for depressives.......have you thought about marquetry, spaw?


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Musicman
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 03:27 AM

From Bill Staines' first song book "If I were a Word,then I'd be a Song"

Morning Song

I passed by your room this morning
and heard you singing.
Some old hymn I think it was.
If I were a song
I would like to be sung like that.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Les B
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 05:19 PM

"Play something sexy, like The Old Rugged Cross" a request from a middle-aged honeymooner.

"Keep that fucking banjo out of my kitchen" a request from an irate relative.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 06:38 PM

"There are five reasons to suspect that there is more to this world than we know: our impulse to do good though no one may ever know of it; the sense of rightness when a job is well done; the feeling one has when one stands before a great painting; music; and the memory of my late wife's beloved face."

I don't know who said this. I copied from a novel many years ago, and lost the reference. (Actually, anyone who knows where this came from would have my deepest thanks).

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: rube1
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 07:31 PM

"when I was playin with my brother happy was I" -Stephen Foster


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 10:56 AM

Coincidentally, last Friday's issue of The Bookseller has just landed on my desk ( I only read it for the knitting patterns, your honour):
The cover has a quote related to a book by Louise Voss (To be Someone, since you asked):
"No matter how the lyrics of your life are written, how you play the song is up to you".
The blurb says the book moves track by track throught the music of our lives and has a 21-track Virgin CD to go with it, and promised full-cover ads "throughout the women's press".
RtS (the music looks 20 years too young for me!)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: mousethief
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 11:55 AM

The women have a press? Only one? Hardly seems fair. They should get as many as the men have. Maybe more.

My wife made me say this.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,dave auty
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 12:13 PM

'Once its' gone its' in the air!' (Eric Dolphy)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: LR Mole
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 12:14 PM

"Protest they say protest it is your diamond duty; "Ah, but in such an ugly time the only true protest is beauty." --Phil Ochs


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 02:57 PM


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 10 Jan 01 - 02:59 PM

oops

:)

Frank Zappa: "There is NOTHING quite like the stink of a too-loud electric guitar."

amen


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Marion
Date: 14 Jan 01 - 07:30 PM

Thanks all. I especially like "Well, it's on there somewhere," and "in such an ugly time the only true protest is beauty."

And that was a fascinating article linked to about Florence Foster Jenkins.

A friend of mine once said: "It's amazing what you can do when you don't know that you can't."

Marion


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 03:43 AM

Here's one from Brit/Danish comedienne, Sandi Toksvig:
"I quite like modent music:garage music, yard music, in fact the further from the house, the better I like it."
RtS


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 06:06 AM

Always proof-read! That should have been "modern" not "modent".
RtS


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 07:06 AM

My personal favorite:

"Music expresses what cannot be put into words
and yet cannot remain unsaid" Victor Hugo

Was it Satchmo who said, "If it sounds good, it is good.."


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 09:14 AM

I've searched in vain for a quote by Albert Schweitzer. As I remember it, when someone asked him how he could stand having to play on an old, out-of-tune upright piano in the middle of Africa, he replied something to the effect that when you're playing Chopin, the instrument doesn't matter. Could be that I just rembered it wrong, but I don't think I completely made it up. Anybody else heard of this one?


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 10:05 AM

"There are only two kinds of notes: Right notes and wrong notes. I try to get some of each into every song I sing."

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: R!
Date: 15 Jan 01 - 11:04 AM

I'm listening to Florence right now and I'm amazed. A singer with whom I can identify! If Flo was still alive we could have sung together. The (dis)harmony of our melliferous voices would bring tears to the eyes of all who heard us. I have a new muse. And I'm bookmarking that site.

Reen


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Marion
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 10:14 PM

This is going up on my wall too:

"You need an obsessive personality. If music is simply an interest you'd like to add to your already crowded life, you can have a great time singing and playing with friends. On the other hand, if your goal is to stand out among musicians, be in demand for sessions and get the big hand for an instrumental break, you need to be obsessive. Very few "great ones" in any field are well balanced personalities. They do what they do pretty much to the exclusion of everything else and they do that not by design but because they can't help it. " (Mark Clark)


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Deckman
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 10:41 PM

How about this rather inelegant thought, but clear ... "TUNE IT OR DIE!"


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 18 Jan 01 - 08:00 PM

"No such tune as a new tune" - don't know who said that, but look at all the folk and "classical" tunes that get recycled. Bernard, I thought it was Beecham not Rubberbrolly who said what he did about the lady with the cello! Tattie B


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: John Routledge
Date: 18 Jan 01 - 09:07 PM

"Well it was three o'clock in the morning when my baby staggered in the door.That did it!"

Lonnie Johnson singing I think. GBroon


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Subject: RE: Your favourite music-related quotations
From: GUEST,dick greenhaus
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 03:09 PM

Well, there's:

"Music! What a marvelous art, but what a wretched profession!" (Bizet)

or

"Wagner's music is much better than it sounds" (Mark Twain)

or

"At least it doesn't smell" (Samuel Johnson, on bagpipes)


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Date: 28 Jan 01 - 09:28 AM


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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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: GUEST,Joe D
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 10:25 AM

Lurkin'


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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: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 11:12 AM

Ted !! 101 !!


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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,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: 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,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: 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: 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: 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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