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A melody is not merely something you can hum. ...
by Aaron Copland

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

 

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

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."
- Aaron Copland

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Be the Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always Sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Own Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the Melody in the Symphony of My Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I always write lyrics first and the rhythm and the
melody come from the lyrics.
It always comes from the lyrics: words have rhythm and words have melody.
- Ken Hensley

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I would listen to something on the radio and try to tap out the melody,
then the harmonies.
- Michel Legrand

We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it -
a lot more than what we did on our first album.
- John Otto

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

There's usually a rhythm and a melody in my head,
and that creates an emotional state.
- Stephan Jenkins

They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom
and any American could understand that.
- Audie Murphy

Essentially my contribution was to introduce repetition
into Western music as the main ingredient without any melody over it,
without anything just repeated patterns,
musical patterns.
- Terry Riley

As long as I can say what it is that I need to say,
then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.
- Alanis Morissette

All my music is very simple in that melody is usually clearly stated.
- Carter Burwell

I really love writing themes and melody.
- Trevor Rabin

I try to incorporate melody.
Even though I'm screaming, I still like to think I
bring melody into screaming.
- Tom Araya

In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man,
and I put my first band together for one year,
named Melody Fair.
- Andy Gibb

The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way
it is written the first time and then start to look
for other notes that aren't in the melody.
- Margaret Whiting

Nobody heard records of you playing whatever the melody
was on those low strings.
It worked out good, you know, about 25 or 26 million records later.
I guess it worked out alright.
- Lee Hazlewood

I'll have the music, and then I'll just turn the microphone on,
press Play and Record and sing.
And whatever comes out ends up being the melody.
- Phil Collins

I still have a passion for the music,
which is such a beautiful thing.
I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a
dream and have a melody in my head,
and run to my piano.
- Teena Marie

Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody,
and other times I would start from scratch.
Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
- Carly Simon

If I get an idea for a song, I have a melody for it.
I'm a musician first.
I'm not limited by the fretboard.
- Brad Paisley

For me Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm.
It just bubbles rhythmically.
If I had to pick just one music style to play if would be Brazilian.
- Herbie Mann

You always will be singing a song or humming a line or a melody.
- Dennis Brown

I always begin to compose the melody first.
- Nobuo Uematsu

Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
- Joshua Logan

Writing a simple melody can take weeks to get it right where I want it,
but I do quite enjoy it.
- Trevor Rabin

A good idea for lyrics and a melody to expand on.
- Gordon Waller

It's a combination of melody and lyrics,
not one without the other.
It's a confluence of these different elements that
makes something powerful.
- Michael Bolton

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you
about history is like expecting the composer of a melody
to provide answers about radio transmission.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I don't really have time to sit down and write.
But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it,
so I won't forget it.
- Britney Spears

Hunter can write a melody and stuff like that,
but his forte is lyrics.
He can write a serviceable melody to hang his lyrics on,
and sometimes he comes up with something really nice.
- Jerry Garcia

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
- Pablo Casals

After all my years of doing instrumental music I still
like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy
melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
- Stanley Clarke

I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody.
Jimi Hendrix is still one of my heroes.
- Robert Cray

One of the dumber things my manager said was,
Stick to the melody.
But I can't.
- Shawn Colvin

In Hungary all native music, in its origin,
is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.
- Franz Liszt

For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the
sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be.
So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
- Brian Eno

Melody is a form of remembrance.
It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

From a very early period of my life I have derived
the highest enjoyment from listening to music,
especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.
- James Nasmyth

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs.
He would rework the melody and lyrics,
and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
- John Mellencamp

I'll just start laying out the melody exactly where I want it to fall.
And then I'll go back and fill it out.
Whereas, in other pieces I'm really just going a couple bars at a time.
- Danny Elfman

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

If you're going to start with melody you'll need some tympani,
I think.
- Gene Krupa

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody
that will put out a melody that you can whistle.
It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.
- Merle Haggard

I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who
keeps thinking about melody...
I am old fashioned.
- Toru Takemitsu

The writing of a melody is an emotional moment;
success doesn't make it easy.
- Enya

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual
becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting,
any more than it has any reason for ending.
- Igor Stravinsky

My sense of divine brings with it a strange sound of music with its glories,
a marvellous melody sounding like a multitude of flutes.
- Paul Twitchell

I do a so-called trip into myself: I sit down at the
piano and the melody might start to evolve from my
playing or then I might start to sing it.
- Enya

In the past, I'd sort of know before Ozzy sang something,
what he was going to sing.
I'd know what sort of way a melody was going to go
'cause of the way he'd approach it.
- Tony Iommi

There is a lot of melody and things that sound familiar in hundreds of songs.
- Wayne Coyne

After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging
for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and
touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
- Lee Konitz

But when you get to a song, not only do you have to do a vocal melody,
you have to write words and not be redundant and make
some semblance of a story.
- Glenn Danzig

The thing is, in English I'm able to write the lyrics as I'm making the song,
once I'm done with the melody.
- Utada Hikaru

We stuck the record head so it kept on recording over
and over on top of itself and played keyboard notes
into it to create this ghost repetition melody.
- Colin Greenwood

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band.
We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band
that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.
- Adam Rich

The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose
metre is one's biography,
joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking,
a waking island.
- Derek Walcott

I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody.
I love the discipline of sitting in the studio,
writing and listening.
That is my domain.
- Enya


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