When people ask me what 'American Pie' means, I tell them it means I don't ever have to work again if I don't want to.
The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.
I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.
When I was a little boy, I told my dad, 'When I grow up, I want to be a musician.' My dad said: 'You can't do both, Son'.
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play.
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
If in the after life there is not music, we will have to import it.
It would be interesting if Elvis were reincarnated as an Elvis impersonator.
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer.
Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism.
After I saw Jimmy [Hendrix] play, I just went home and wondered what the f*** I was going to do with my life.
My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.
I can destroy a dance floor. I think life should be a musical. I always hate it when people watch a musical and they go, 'Oh, it's so unrealistic, no one just breaks into song in the middle of their day.' Yeah, they do- if they're me.
Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings.
Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
Music is the only thing in this world, with the exception of sneezing and looking at the sunset, that takes you to a place that's above the mundane. Everything else is just bullshit.
Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you.
My music is best understood by children and animals.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Buy real records in real shops, or I'll come round your house and scream at your mother.
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