WRITER TO FRANK ZAPPA: Have there been parts of your life that you've neglected because you've been absorbed in your music?
FRANK ZAPPA: Well what am I missing? Do I regret not going horseback riding, or learning how to water ski? Well, no. I don't want to climb mountains, I don't want to do bungie-jumping. I haven't missed any of those things. If you're absorbed by something, what's to miss?Frank Zappa
It's not about the messenger. It's about the message.Dalai Lama
A strong opinion is very useful to other people.Brian Eno
No man's knowledge can go beyond his experience.John Locke
If music could be translated into human speech it would no longer need to exist.Ned Moram
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.Ornette Coleman
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.Janis Joplin
Give the people what they want, and they will give you what you want.William Ballester
It doesn't matter if you're the greatest guitar player in the world. If you're not enlightened, forget it.George Harrison
The audiences are suddenly getting bigger. And when they get bigger, I get smaller.Eddie Vedder
The determination to win is the better part of winning.Daisaku Ikeda
Musicians and other artists interact constantly with at least two types of systems: systems of aesthetics (what will sound good? what type of music to work with?) and economic systems that reward, or fail to reward, their efforts.
If you're confronting a set of results that you don't want, rather than trying to force the existing system to yield up a different kind of results, you might better spend your energy creating an alternative system!
This could mean anything from establishing your own concert outlet for non-commercial music to designing your own microtonal scale.Brian Eno
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one. Helen Keller is the other.Erma Bombeck
All art constantly aspires toward the condition of music.Walter Pater
You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.Duke Ellington
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.Frank Zappa
Whether you are playing in the bar, the church, the strip joint, or the Himalayas, the first duty of music is to complement and enhance life.Carlos Santana
If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language - which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.Salman Rushdie
It is not the destination that makes the journey worthwhile.proverb
Notes are an intelligent way of moving from one silence to another.Jim Hall
I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.Miles Davis
If I can get out of the way, if I can be pure enough, if I can be selfless enough, and if I can be generous and loving and caring enough to abandon what I have and my own preconceived, silly notions of what I think I am - and become truly who in fact I am, which is really just another child of God - then the music can really use me.
And therein lies my fulfillment. That's when the music starts to happen.John McLaughlin
Without freedom of expression, good taste means nothing.Neil Young
If someone says can't, that shows you what to do.John Cage
Nothing is accomplished by writing a piece of music.
Nothing is accomplished by playing a piece of music.
Nothing is accomplished by hearing a piece of music.
Our ears are now in excellent condition.John Cage
Repetition doesn't really exist.
As far as your mind is concerned, nothing happens the same twice, even if in every technical sense, the thing is identical. Your perception is constantly shifting. It doesn't stay in one place.Brian Eno
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.Marcel Proust
Sometimes I almost feel like music is a mistake - like we are not supposed to know about it.
Music comes in through our ears, but we all know that it is not just sounds. There is something else included in music that is very difficult to define. It reminds us of where we were before and where we are going after. It is a mysterious vapor that somehow slips in the cracks between this plane of existence and some other one. The people who are good musicians have the ability to conjure up more of that vapor than others.
More and more, I see that it is the same thing you find wherever there is love, intensity, energy, or human potential. All those good things include this same mysterious vapor that is the fabric of music.Pat Metheny
It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to.Jean-Luc Godard
The real artist has no pride. Unfortunately he sees that his art has no limits. He feels obscurely how far he is from the goal.
While he is perhaps being admired by others, he mourns the fact that he has not yet reached the point to which his better genius, like a distant sun, ever beckons to him.Ludwig van Beethoven
The more I can learn about music, the more I learn about other things.Pat Metheny
Everything in moderation, including moderation.unknown
Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing. Taste is the enemy of creativity.Pablo Picasso
When I hear music I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest.Henry David Thoreau
Among the many forms in which human spirit has tried to express its innermost yearnings and perceptions, music is perhaps the most universal.
It symbolizes the yearning for harmony, with oneself and others, with nature and the spiritual and the sacred within us and around us.
There is something in music that transcends and unites. This is evident in the sacred music of every community - music that expresses the universal yearning that is shared by people all over the globe.Dalai Lama
There is geometry in the ringing of strings. There is harmony in the spacing of the spheres.Pythagoras
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.Aldous Huxley
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
When you make music you are acting as a philosopher. You can either do that consciously or you can do it unconsciously, but you're doing it.John Cage
You can build a wall to stop people, but eventually, the music, it'll cross that wall.
That's the beautiful thing about music - there's no defense against it.
I mean look at Joshua and fuckin' Jericho - made mincemeat of that joint. A few trumpets, you know?Keith Richards
I talk to many young painters, because I teach art in schools. I ask them:
Why do you think that what you do ends at the edges of this canvas?
Think of the frame. What frame are you working in? Not just that bit of wood around the edge, but the room you're in, the light you're in, the time and place you're in. How can you redesign it?
I would say that to musicians, too. I see them spending a lot of time working on the internal details of what they're doing and far less time working on the ways of positioning it in the world.
By "positioning it" I don't only mean thinking of ways to get it to a record company, but thinking of where it could go, and where it fits in the cultural picture. What else does it relate to?Brian Eno
When you listen to Miles Davis, how much of what you hear is music, and how much is context?
Context is everything that isn't physically contained in the grooves of the record. It includes your knowledge that everyone else says he's great: that must modify the way you hear him. That he was a handsome and imposing man, a member of a romantic minority, that he played with Charlie Parker, that he spans generations, that he underwent various addictions, that he married Cicely Tyson, that he dressed well, that Jean-Luc Godard liked him, that he wore shades and was very cool, that he himself said little about his work, and so on.
Surely all that affects how you hear him: I mean, could it possibly have felt the same if he'd been an overweight heating engineer from Oslo?
When you listen to music, aren't you also 'listening' to all the stuff around it, too?Brian Eno
Politicians speak to the mainstream. Musicians speak to the bloodstreamSeal
Institutions treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure on us to fulfill our defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost or distorted humanity.
Each of us has suppressed feelings that have built up, a voiceless cry in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art, both in practice and appreciation, gives those feelings voice and form.Daisaku Ikeda
If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I would have freed thousands more.Harriet Tubman
What do Fellini's films have to do with naturalism? He works with the inaccuracies of memory. It's the opposite direction from naturalism: elevating things to mythical, archetypal status. Make them more dreamlike. That's a feeling I like a lot.Brian Eno
We talk to our kids in one way, to our friends at work in another, to our lovers in yet another, to the lady in the corner shop in another.
When we make these shifts we are exercising our understanding of the worlds from which they are listening to us, and we are also projecting onwards our own view of the world in which we would like this conversation to be taking place.
When you think about it, this is an enormous and complex talent that humans spend their lives exercising, rehearsing, refining.Brian Eno
Music is not sound. Music is using sound to organize emotions in time.Krystian Zimerman
If there's ever a problem, I film it and it's no longer a problem. It's a film.Andy Warhol
You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?Kahlil Gibran
Music should go right through you, leave some of itself inside you, and take some of you with it when it leaves.Henry Threadgill
In our actions we reveal the world in which we live. We speak of what we see, and understand, and know. That is, everything we do is reflective of who and what we are. A musician presents a view from the world in which they live. This provides an opportunity for an audience to look into this world. Similarly a reviewer reviews himself or herself.Robert Fripp
Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.Max Roach
The only way to know how much is enough, is to do too much, and then back up.Jerry Jeff Walker
I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers. Only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.Grace Hartigan
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.John Cage
Do not let what you can't do interfere with what you can do.John Wooden
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.Aldous Huxley
It is wrong to chide the novel for being satisfied by mysterious coincidences, but it is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life. For he thereby deprives his life of a dimension of beauty.Milan Kundera
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre mindsAlbert Einstein
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.Andy Warhol
The worst that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.J. D. Sallinger