Tuesday, July 8

Words of the wise...

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. -Mark Twain

All music is folk music. I ain't ever heard no horse sing a song. -Louis Armstrong

Can we ever have too much of a good thing? -Cervantes, Don Quixote

You can't think and hit at the same time. -Yogi Berra

Sweetest Melodies
Are those that are by
distance made more sweet.
-Wordsworth, Personal Talk

Sometimes it takes a long time to play like yourself. -Miles Davis

The flute is not an instrument which has a good moral effect; it is too exciting. -Aristotle, Politics

Never looks at the trombones. You'll only encourage them. -Richard Strauss

I like to see you move with the rhythm; I like to see when you're dancin' from within. -Bob Marley

The mind is a musical instrument with a certain range of tones, beyond which in both directions we have an infinite silence. -John Tyndall(1820-1893)

Days full of wanting. Let them go by without worrying that they do. Stay where you are inside such a pure hollow not. -Rumi

The rest is silence. -Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V, Sc 2

All times are not alike. Cervantes, Don Quixote

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune. -Thomas Fuller, History of the Worthies of England

Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvellous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? -Pliny the Elder

We see things not as they are, butas we are. -H.M.Tomlinson, Out of Soundings

A composer is someone who goes around forcing their will on unsuspecting air molecules. Often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians. -Frank Zappa.

I never practice; I always play. -Wanda Landowska, 1952

Roaming thru the jungles of "oohs" and "ahs", searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats. -Duke Ellington(1899-1974)

Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. -Henry David Thoreau(1817-1862)

Without music, life would be a mistake. -Nietzche

Servant and master am I: servant of those dead, and master of those living. Through my spirit immortals speak the message that makes the world weep and laugh, and wonder, and love, and worship.
I am Music.

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. -Sir Edward Elgar

A painter paints pictures on canvas, but a musician paints pictures on silence. -Leopold Stokowski

Musical Innovation is full of danger to the state, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them. -Plato, The Republic

Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny. -Frank Zappa

Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience. -George Szell

Music which can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell. -W.H.Auden

I don't care too much about music. What I like is sounds. -Dizzy Gillespie(1917-1993)

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship

Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony? -Leonardo da Vinci

You are the music while the music lasts. -T.S.Eliot

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. -Sydney Smith, 1814

After playing violin for the cellist Gregor Piatagorsky, Einstein asked, "Did I play well?"
Piatagorsky replied, "You played relatively well".

Too many pieces finish too long after the end. -Igor Stravinsky

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory. -Sir Thomas Beecham

I write music with an exclamation point! -Richard Wagner

If music be the food of love; play on. -William Shakespeare

In music the passions enjoy themselves -Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever. -June Masters Bacher

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. -Victor Hugo

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. -William Congreve

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. -Plato

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. -Thomas Carlyle