The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him.
Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you've never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.
Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing.
A band is only as good as its euphonium section.
I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher.
I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time.
I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing, and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions than any other band leader in the country.
Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.
From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else.
Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
Sincere composers believe in God.
The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man.
My religion lies in my composition.
Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself.
America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people.
I forsee a marked deterioration in American musicand a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue—or rather by vice—of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines
I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four, if I put pencil to paper, music comes.
I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect.
American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows.
You can't drive a Spike with a Tack Hammer
My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people.
Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.
Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music.
The vocal cord will be eliminated by a process of evolution, as was the tail of man when he came from the ape.
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