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Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music,
by Joan Armatrading

Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music,
that's what I really like.
- Joan Armatrading

All your travelling is together, you eat together,
you're on stage as a band together, when you get to
the sound-check the band and the crew are all together.
- Joan Armatrading

Inspiration doesn't really work like that -
you're not looking out for it.
Inspiration is something that tends to capture you
rather than you capture it.
- Joan Armatrading

So I've had lots of different bands over the years
who have stayed with me for certain tours.
- Joan Armatrading

 

Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth,
because I love that.
- Joan Armatrading

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people,
including other musicians.
- Joan Armatrading

Just an hour with you, and I understand why we had to meet.
- Joan Armatrading

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Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.
- Joan Armatrading

In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal,
then you step outside and it's just the same.
- Joan Armatrading

Writing music is just something that I was born to do.
- Joan Armatrading

One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig,
when I played the tribute song for him.
He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it.
It was a really lovely occasion.
- Joan Armatrading

I've always written in a free, unencumbered way.
- Joan Armatrading

This band - because this is myself on electric and acoustic guitars -
we've done three tours together now and I really,
really like it which is why I did the DVD as well.
- Joan Armatrading

My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room,
and I just started writing my songs.
- Joan Armatrading

Yes, but the great thing about all the people -
and I don't think there is any exception -
who I've worked with is they've all been very,
very talented musicians.
- Joan Armatrading

I love to go on tour and perform.
I love all the parts of the process.
- Joan Armatrading

When I was younger I was obsessed with writing,
so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time.
- Joan Armatrading

When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments.
It's very important that everybody gets on because
you're in close proximity a great deal of the time.
- Joan Armatrading

You don't have to be rich and famous.
You just have to be an ordinary person,
doing extraordinary things.
I'd like more people to know that it's there.
Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas.
- Joan Armatrading

That is one of the things about going on tour,
that I get to work with some really talented people
and it allows me to be able to listen to them as well -
and just have fun on stage.
- Joan Armatrading

It's a very organic process, and it has a specific order to it.
I love to write, and once you've written,
then you arrange.
After the arrangement, you record it,
and then you tour it.
- Joan Armatrading

So if you're on tour for eight months,
a year...
or whatever it is you definitely don't want arguments
and I'm happy to say that I've always had a really
nice bunch of people around me all the time.
- Joan Armatrading

I found my sound early on.
Look at U2: they haven't changed their music for 20 years.
Anyway, many people come unstuck when they try to change
what they do and what they are known for.
- Joan Armatrading

I've written what and when I want to.
It's been about expressing myself.
But with the degree, I had to learn to do everything in a very specific,
disciplined way.
I am very disciplined, but this demanded a totally
different kind of discipline.
A real challenge.
- Joan Armatrading

So, the combination of looking at lots of different
people and how they react to each other and how they
relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration
is the thing that allows me to keep writing.
- Joan Armatrading

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard

When I was younger, studying classical music,
I really had to put in the time.
Three hours a day is not even nice -
you have to put in six.
- Alicia Keys

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar,
as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues.
All of it.
I did the same thing with my voice.
- Boz Scaggs

I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program
as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities
for people who care about the future of classical music.
- Itzhak Perlman

In his day, the audience was well aware of the music,
of the classical beat.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

I am a classical music lover - not necessarily the contemporary stuff,
but the old stuff.
- Eberhard Weber

I wanted to make a classical piece that was actually designed to be a CD,
not designed for performance.
- Anne Dudley

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

I was interested in both Western and Indian classical music.
- Satyajit Ray

I like to listen the blues and some classical.
- Peter Tork

When I began competing with the other artists in New York,
I discovered classical North Indian music.
- Henry Flynt

This freedom of political discussion on the highest
level is something which Western civilization has in
common with that of classical antiquity,
but with no other.
- Christopher Dawson

A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music.
I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot.
- Patti LuPone

You get used to being lazy doing films,
but classical theatre's going to finish me off.
- Michael Gambon

I also like Western classical music and jazz.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

Writing detective stories is about writing light literature,
for entertainment.
It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
- Steig Larsson

I am not doing something that it is experimental music
in relation to classical music.
- Joanna Newsom

Obviously classical music tends to be stuff that is
usually at least a hundred years old.
- Steve Hackett

It wasn't all spent on practicing, I did do other things!
but the classical guitar means a lot to me so I spend
many hours building good chops and getting a good program together.
- Jim Sullivan

I love many kinds of music: world music,
jazz, classical, pop.
- Anita Diament

I think any classical training in the theatre is of enormous value.
- Vivien Leigh

My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.
- John Sebastian

The classical writers...
playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights,
all showed areas of all classes and how they live and
painted them pretty authentically.
- Timothy West

I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater,
or the contemporary theater, or musical theater,
or the thing that we call opera.
- Trevor Nunn

So writing a song is much harder than doing a classical piece for me,
because in a classical piece, I can just let the mood
dictate what's going to happen.
- Glenn Danzig

Reality shows that, contrary to other countries in southern Africa,
we have no basis for a classical guerilla struggle.
We have never had a hinterland, and we do not expect to.
- Joe Slovo

But those musics do not address the larger kind of
architecture in time that classical music does,
whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

My older brother Mike is an excellent trumpet player.
By the time he was 12, he was playing around Kansas
City in classical situations.
He was already an amazing talent.
- Pat Metheny

I used a baritone guitar with a very unusual tuning
that became the body of the composition,
while the classical guitar is on top of it with the main rhythm part.
- Lee Ritenour

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel,
a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

I loved Hendrix.
I mean, really, really loved him.
As if he were one of the great classical composers.
And he was.
That's how I saw him.
- Warren Zevon

Though I'm not religious in the classical sense I did partake in Passover.
- Fran Drescher

At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry,
I was listening to European classical music.
- Satyajit Ray

I'm going to have classical piano lessons next.
- Colin Greenwood

My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was
a singer of just about everything.
- Carly Simon

When I was a young musician, the only option available
to pursue secondary education in music was to attend
a classical conservatory.
- Billy Joel

I went to the Performing Arts School and studied classical ballet.
That attitude is something that's put into your head.
You are never thin enough.
- Carmen Electra

I think it's very important to maintain the classical
Christian distinction between the Creator and creation.
- John Polkinghorne

I'm not really involved with politics...
I'm living in my cocoon with my classical music around.
- Eva Green

Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations
of a classical education,
and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself
as having had a very narrow escape.
- William Hazlitt

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance.
I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

There was a period when I'd just come out of college
where I'd been playing classical guitar and I suddenly
realised that it wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
- Andy Summers

It has been shown that, in contrast to everything which
classical national economy has hitherto taught,
not the producer but the consumer is the ruling factor in economic life.
- Hjalmar Schacht

I read and write classical piano and percussion,
also guitar.
- Suzi Quatro

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy,
but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is,
in the realm of symphonic pops.
- Doc Severinsen


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