Music is a means of rapid transportation.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
If someone says can’t, that shows you what to do.John Cage
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.John Cage
The act of listening is in fact an act of composing.John Cage
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
I don’t enjoy being pushed while I’m listening. I like music which lets me do my own listening.John Cage
Everything I see is something I haven’t memorized.John Cage
There was a time at a concert where this young boy and his father were in front of me. Stravinsky was conducting.
The son turned to his father and said, "Dad, that isn’t the way it goes." [laughs]
He was unable to listen because of his memory!John Cage
I haven’t yet heard sounds that I didn’t enjoy, except when they became too musical.
I have trouble, I think, when music attempts to control me.John Cage