The biggest problem with American music right now, is that kids don't listen.
They come by it honestly, Americans don't listen anyway.
When people go to concerts, they say I'm going to see... not, I'm going to hear.
- Branford Marsalis
Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning . . . except its own.
- Leonard Bernstein
I'm one of the boys, no better than the last second violinist . . . I'm just the lucky one to be standing in the center, telling them how to play.
- Eugene Ormandy
You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song-and-dance-man.
- Gene Kelly
Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.
- Claude Debussy
Play like you play. Play like you think, and then you got it, if you’re going to get it. And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.
- Count Basie
. . .very loud and noisy and completely without artistic merit, obviously written without warmth or love.
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on his 1812 Overture which premiered in Moscow on this day in 1882
To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring ourselves.
- Federico Garcia Lorca
Prima la musica, poi le parole (First the music, then the words)
- Antonio Salieri
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
- Mae West
Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
- Elvis Presley
The notes, I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes---ah, that is where the art resides.
- Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel