Music quotes


Just came upon:

You could say, without losing a great deal, that the purpose of music is to make emotional textures [clear and understandable] enough to serve as a narrative canvas. Which is why the pop-psych idea of having a theme song for your life is so attractive when you are young. To be young is to feel with more intensity than your capacity for making emotions legible can handle. So you seek external scaffolding. source

What are you music quotes?


“Just play C major and G major- you’ll be alright”



“Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note, y’know. And that, it’s as simple as that really. And don’t play one note unless you’ve got a reason to play it.”
Mark Hollis


“If you want to be a different fish, you’ve got to jump out of the school.”

Captain Beefheart


Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music


“I like sad songs… they make me want to lie on the floor.”
John Goodman in True Stories


Music was my first love.
And it will be my last.


Sorry for this, but I couldn’t resist to post this one … :wink:

  • “To be is to do”—Socrates
  • "To do is to be”—Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • “Do be do be do”—Frank Sinatra.


“music is the answer, to your problems…”

Danny Tenaglia feat Celeda


“Talk about, pop musik
Shoobie doobie do wop”



"Must be the music
Got me in a trance, making me high
Must be the music
No escaping this, don’t even try
Must be the music
Got me in a trance, making me high
Must be the music
No escaping this, don’t even try "

DeLa Soul


“Follow the sound.”
-Music teacher at an ashram in South India


I am a simple man. I don’t like complications. The same in music. I like what is natural, to read what the music demands and I try to do my best. The same in life. For me, this is civilisation.

(Pau Casals)




“will you turn that god damn noise down or off before I clip your ears…”

My mum, circa 1991


There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. - Pythagoras

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence. - Robert Fripp


“Focus on the reason you make your art, not the tools you use to make it”
— Robert Rich


“Play it once and it’s a mistake. Play it twice and its art. Play it three times and it’s jazz” - anonymous


-Frank Zappa: Vision of Mary’s voice (Packard Goose, Joe’s Garage Act III)


“But, these go to eleven”

Tufnel Theorem