Musicians Quotes

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Wagner's music is better than it sounds.


What we play is life.


Chaos is a friend of mine.


I want to seize fate by the throat.
I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
Keep it simple, keep it sexy, keep it sad.
She's a gay man trapped in a woman's body.
I hang my laundry on the line when I write.
I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.


I don't write jazz, I write Negro folk music.
When I write a song, it's like a child to me.
Time has passed through me and become a song.


Music is spiritual.  The Music Business is not.
Being a blues singer is like being black two times.

blues singing

We hide ourselves in our music to reveal ourselves.
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.

rock & roll

Ah Mozart! He was happily married.. but his wife wasn't.
Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.
I am the architect of rock and roll!  I am the originator!

rock & roll

Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.


Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.
It's not me.  It's the songs.  I'm just the postman.  I deliver the songs.
I think all my albums are sort of emotional postcards of where I am in my life.
It's a folksinger's job to comfort the disturbed, and to disturb the comfortable.
Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor.


Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to physics and the Wright Brothers are to travel.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
I opened the door for a lot of people and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.
Music is not written in red, white and blue. It is written in the heart's blood of the composer.
Music is not written in red, white and blue; it is written with the heart's blood of the composer.
Miles cried like a singer, and Billie sang like an instrumentalist, everything they did was wrapped in the blues.
I need to play the piano every day.  It's like, some people have a glass of wine, I go play the piano, and it just calms me right down.
My family consists of pieces of work that go out into the world.  Instead of hanging around for nineteen years they leave the nest early.
Although I was well past my teenage troubles, our music was specifically designed to lubricate the passage from adolescence to adulthood.


A musician, if he's a messenger, is like a child who hasn't been handled too many times by man, hasn't had too many fingerprints across his brain.
Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings.
I've learned to live with my rage.   In some ways, it's my rage that keeps me going.  Without it, I would have been whipped long ago. With it, I got a lot more songs to sing.


My voice had a long, nonstop career.  It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do.  It can't.


The first time I heard Bob Dylan, I was in a car with my mother listening to WMCA and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked in the door to your mind: Like a Rolling Stone.
I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years.  If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill, or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.
Mick's genius was in his lyrics, but his great talent has always been artifice, inflation and swagger and gradually he developed his by now well-known pneumatic personality, a flexible and cartoon-like envelope that eventually became his all-purpose self.
I release feelings inside me through my songs.  I take some of the sadness, some of the heartache, and turn it out.  I'm able to stave off the severity.  By expressing myself in music, I can soften the blow.  But those melodies and rhythms can only do so much.
The true artist is not proud, he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal; and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun.

artists pride

Once we—meaning Black performers—crossed the line, we could see our remnant shadows in the best of them!  Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen for openers, and then all the thousands who followed in their wake who emerged from the great encompassing Black Shadow of American culture.
Music is my church.  It's been my comfort and salvation, and it's always been there for me, like a true friend.  It's shown what it's like to be part of something bigger than myself.  Because of music, my life has deeper meaning, and a powerful sense of purpose.  Music just makes our world so much better.
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down . . . some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today. So that when it's all gone, people will be able to go to the artwork of the time and get some sense of what at fell like to be alive in this year.