It doesn't matter if you're the greatest guitar player in the world. If you're not enlightened, forget it.George Harrison
The more I can learn about music, the more I learn about other things.Pat Metheny
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.Henry David Thoreau
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
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.Maya Angelou
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
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.Oscar Wilde
The problem with thinking about your own past is you forget its genesis and start to feel useless awe towards your earlier self.Brian Eno
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
If music could be translated into human speech it would no longer need to exist.Ned Moram
Sometimes it's a struggle to be not who you want to be, not who you used to be, not who you're going to be, but just being right where you are, who you are.Vernon Reid
Without freedom of expression, good taste means nothing.Neil Young
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
Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing. Taste is the enemy of creativity.Pablo Picasso
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.Aldous Huxley
Every increase in your knowledge is a simultaneous decrease. You learn and you unlearn at the same time. A new certainty is a new doubt as well.Brian Eno
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.Quincy Jones
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
The mind is like a diaper.
It's got to be changed every once in a while or it starts to stink.Jeff Kauppi
'Culture' is everything we don't have to do.
Culture consists of the gratuitous stylistic extras that we add to the things we do have to do.
You have to eat, but you don't have to decorate elaborately prepared curries with silver leaf. You have to move around, but you don't have to dance.
Culture is a biological drive for humans. It is not something that we just add on at the end, after we've dealt with all those survival problems, but something we keep doing all the time.Brian Eno
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.Aldous Huxley
If there's ever a problem, I film it and it's no longer a problem. It's a film.Andy Warhol
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
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.Duke Ellington
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 you're going to sweep the floor, sweep it better than anybody in town.
And if you're going to play the guitar, really, really, really get in it, and don't be jivin'.Carlos Santana
You get older. You start having hopes for other people rather than yourself.Bob Dylan
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
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
Notes are an intelligent way of moving from one silence to another.Jim Hall
If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I would have freed thousands more.Harriet Tubman
Do not let what you can't do interfere with what you can do.John Wooden
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
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
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.Marcel Proust
With all fashion, what we do is play at being somebody else. We play at inhabiting another kind of world.
I'm role-playing effectively when I'm making fashion choices. I'm also engaging in some kind of game with myself and the rest of the world. I'm entering into some kind of simulator.
I'm saying, "What would it be like to be the kind of person that wears these kinds of glasses?"Brian Eno
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
It's not about the messenger. It's about the message.Dalai Lama
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
I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.Miles Davis
If a man gets up in the morning, goes to bed at night, and does what he pleases inbetween, he's a success.Bob Dylan
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
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
Culture is all human behaviour, outside of pure instinct. Everything we do is cultural: gardening, cooking, different fashions, architecture.
What artists (don't?) do a lot, in music in particular, is look at culture in the world. Music doesn't depict something, it's (often) about other music.Brian Eno
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.Francis Bacon
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.Andy Warhol
There is a point beyond which we cannot return. That is the point that must be reached.Franz Kafka
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
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
I like talking about ideas. I find them terribly interesting.Brian Eno
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one. Helen Keller is the other.Erma Bombeck
Give the people what they want, and they will give you what you want.William Ballester
The Blues is about making a lot of other people feel bad, and making money while you're at it.Bleeding-Gums Murphy
Music is not sound. Music is using sound to organize emotions in time.Krystian Zimerman
One of the risks is that people are frightened of taking positions.
In the art world, particularly with painting, people are terrified now about saying that they don't like something, because they might be wrong.Brian Eno
Composition is a way of living out your philosophy and calling it art.Brian Eno
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