“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut
“Kurt Vonnegut Once Sent This Amazing Letter To A High School” by Emily Thomas, http://www.huffingtonpost.com. October 6, 2014.
“Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.”
Music is the one universal language. It’s your best friend when the chips are down, and it’s better than any energy drink when you’re feeling it.
“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
~ Jimi Hendrix
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
~ Albert Einstein
I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door. ~ J. D. Salinger
Miles Davis, Musician – B: May 26, 1926 – D: September 28, 1991
We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
– Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
“We all end in the ocean. We all start in the streams.
We’re all carried along, by the river of dreams.”
~ Billy Joel
“I’m still learning about music. The best way to learn is to listen to the audience. When you listen to the audience, they will tell you what they like. I wish these big corporations, instead of telling the audience what they should have, would listen.”
~ Tony Bennett
“A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear.”
~ Miles Davis
“Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.”
~ Charlie Parker
Wild is the music of autumnal winds
Amongst the faded woods.
“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.”
~ Walter Lippmann
“Damn the rules, it’s the feeling that counts.”
– John Coltrane
“When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.”
– Joni Mitchell
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
If music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. ~Vera Nazarian
“George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what could happen to your money.”
– Paul McCartney
“‘White Rabbit’ was mostly done in about two days, the music in about half an hour. The music is a ‘Bolero’ rip-off and the lyrics a rearrangement of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ You take two spectacular hits and throw them together, and it’s hard to miss.” – Grace Slick
“Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.” – Grace Slick
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see”
– Ella Fitzgerald
“I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.” – John Coltrane
“Don’t ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person.” – John Coltrane
I was walking through the leaves. Falling from the trees. Feelin’ like a stranger nobody sees. ~Bob Dylan
Love and Theft (2001)
“Music is the universal language … it brings people closer together.” – Ella Fitzgerald
“Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” – Sting
“My first wife said, ‘It’s either that
guitar or me,’ you know — and I give
you three guesses which one went.” – Jeff Beck
“There’s a lot of different forms of communication, but music is absolutely the purest one.” – Duane Allman
“A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear.” – Miles Davis
To sing is to love and affirm,
to fly and to soar,
to coast into the hearts of the people
to tell them that life is to live,
that love is there,
that nothing is a promise,
but that beauty exists,
and must be hunted for and found.
-Joan Baez (Daybreak 1968)
The past is gone and the future might not even be, the only thing we ever experience is the now, I try to enjoy the minute. -George Harrison
Music without words means leaving behind the mind. And leaving behind the mind is meditation. Meditation returns you to the source. And the source of all is sound. -Kabir
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
~Van Morrison, “Moondance,” recorded 1969
Born: February 25, 1943 – Died: November 29, 2001 (aged 58)
Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry, music without the idea is
simply music; the idea without the music is prose from its very definitiveness.
Edgar Allan Poe, Letter to Mr. B-
The blues are what I turned
to, what has given me inspiration
and relief in all the trials of
Greg Allman, along with his late brother Duane, that founded The Allman Brothers Band, passed away. He was 69 years old.
Music is a safe kind of high.
Born: April 9, 1932 – Died: January 19, 1998
On a beautiful warm day, he decides to go outside, and sits himself down on the stoop. He takes out his blues harp, and plays some down home blues. Some of the passersby stop to watch him, and love what they are hearing. That makes him a very happy guy.
Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)
The air outside is hot
The air is stifling
The dogs are laying in the shade
The old man is sitting on the stoop
Playing the blues with his harmonic
The people who pass by are smiling
The old man knows it all good
She was one of the great rock and rollers that passed away at the age of 27.
I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.
– Buddy Guy
Glenn Frey, Eagles founder, dies aged 67
Natalie Cole, singer and daughter of jazz great Nat ‘King’ Cole, dies at 65
Paul McCartney’s birthday
is today, (June 18, 1942).
He is now 73 years young.
It just seems like it was
only yesterday, that The
Beatles landed in New York.
And that was in February
of 1964. Then he was
a 21 year older, and
a start of a successful
“My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.”
“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that … I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”
– John Lennon
“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”
– Jimi Hendrix