Every day I lugged my backpack through the halls, waiting for the final bell. Then I'd race home and hole up in my room, playing the drums and the piano, composing music.
I used to look at composing music as problem solving. But as I get older, it's not about problem solving anymore. There are no solutions, because there are no problems. You just turn the tap and it flows out.
Music is indeed the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes", And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be "No."
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
A good composer is slowly discovered and a bad composer is slowly found out.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
Music is the space between the notes.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful.
This whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, “Is there a meaning to music?” My answer to that would be, “Yes.” And “Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?” My answer to that would be, “No.”
Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
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