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Music is always a commentary on society. ...
by Frank Zappa

Music is always a commentary on society.
- Frank Zappa

There are more love songs than anything else.
If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
- Frank Zappa

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

I never set out to be weird.
It was always other people who called me weird.
- Frank Zappa

 

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
- Frank Zappa

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch
of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
- Frank Zappa

You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say,
so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
- Frank Zappa

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If you want to get laid, go to college.
If you want an education, go to the library.
- Frank Zappa

I searched for years I found no love.
I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.
- Frank Zappa

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
- Frank Zappa

The computer can't tell you the emotional story.
It can give you the exact mathematical design,
but what's missing is the eyebrows.
- Frank Zappa

Without deviation progress is not possible.
- Frank Zappa

No change in musical style will survive unless it is
accompanied by a change in clothing style.
Rock is to dress up to.
- Frank Zappa

Most rock journalism is people who can't write,
interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
- Frank Zappa

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people
will agree with you only if they already agree with you.
You do not change people's minds.
- Frank Zappa

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
- Frank Zappa

Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
- Frank Zappa

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will
on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
- Frank Zappa

The United States is a nation of laws:
badly written and randomly enforced.
- Frank Zappa

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline.
It helps if you have some kind of a football team,
or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
- Frank Zappa

It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice.
There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork,
and the other is nostalgia.
- Frank Zappa

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe,
and it has a longer shelf life.
- Frank Zappa

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
- Frank Zappa

Everybody believes in something and everybody,
by virtue of the fact that they believe in something,
uses that something to support their own existence.
- Frank Zappa

Some scientists claim that hydrogen,
because it is so plentiful,
is the basic building block of the universe.
I dispute that.
I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen,
and that is the basic building block of the universe.
- Frank Zappa

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Music was my refuge.
I could crawl into the space between the notes and
curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

You are the music while the music lasts.
- T. S. Eliot

Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into
a community and find people who need him.
- Charlie Byrd

Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier

Music doesn't lie.
If there is something to be changed in this world,
then it can only happen through music.
- Jimi Hendrix

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing
the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

But when you get music and words together,
that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry

All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Music should be your escape.
- Missy Elliot

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
- Lao Tzu

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve

I don't know anything about music.
In my line you don't have to.
- Elvis Presley

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
- W. H. Auden

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall,
with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern

If you look deep enough you will see music;
the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music is the fourth great material want,
first food, then clothes, then shelter,
then music.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
- Karl Lagerfeld

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
- Thomas Fuller

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino


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