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After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Music is your own experience, your own 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.
You don't need any brains to listen to music.
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
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.
Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
The manner in which Americans consume music has a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie --it's consumed that way without any regard for how and why it's made.
Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.
There is two kinds of music the good and bad. I play the good kind.
I wish Frank Sinatra would just shut up and sing.
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.
It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of culture.
A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time.
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Words are poor interpreters in the realms of emotion. When all words end, music begins; when they suggest, it realizes; and hence is the secret of its strange, inexpressible power.
It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites --opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity --where energies flow smoothly in one direction --there will be much doing but no music.
Country music is three chords and the truth.
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives it most distinctive characteristics.
Music is the vernacular of the human soul.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
Rock 'n Roll is monotony tinged with hysteria.
Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes --ah, that is where the art resides.
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.
Music is a readily available, highly effective tool that you use to improve both your cognitive and physical abilities.
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
Good music feeds your soul, bad music tear's a hole. Any genre fits it's just what you make of it.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Today, music heralds... the establishment of a society of repetition in which nothing will happen anymore.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.

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