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But music can save your life sometimes.
by Richard Thompson

But music can save your life sometimes.
It probably saved me from working in a bank or something.
That's a kind of salvation right there.
- Richard Thompson

I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking
is they don't have anything to do.
- Richard Thompson

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar
requires bravery bordering on heroism.
Bordering on insanity.
- Richard Thompson

The best thing you've got going for you is individuality.
- Richard Thompson

 

Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating,
and everything becomes a compromise.
- Richard Thompson

You want the audience to be uncomfortable.
- Richard Thompson

I probably wrote three-quarters of the songs without
an instrument in my hands.
- Richard Thompson

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I want people to come to my music without prejudice.
I want them to get the music first.
And who I am isn't that important.
If they like the songs to me that's a good thing.
- Richard Thompson

Well, first of all it's entertainment.
That stops us becoming too pretentious or thinking we're great artists.
- Richard Thompson

People want to hear about the extremes of human nature.
They want things that are larger than their own lives,
and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.
- Richard Thompson

All audiences should be slightly off balance.
- Richard Thompson

The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences
more than any achievement through records.
- Richard Thompson

I try to look for the good in everybody,
regardless of the way they're labeled.
- Richard Thompson

I'm always making a conscious effort to be viable and accessible.
- Richard Thompson

I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action.
- Richard Thompson

What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary
for me to go out and create it.
- Richard Thompson

It's fun to sing sad songs.
And it's fun to listen to sad songs.
Enjoyable.
Satisfying.
Something.
- Richard Thompson

I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself.
- Richard Thompson

I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing
technique as diligently as they possibly can,
because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me.
- Richard Thompson

I just like to entertain myself by sitting down and writing songs.
- Richard Thompson

It's amazing what some people read into songs.
- Richard Thompson

I have to remind myself not to set boundaries.
- Richard Thompson

As the writer, you're always a presence in the song.
If you get close to what human beings are like,
you're writing about common experience.
We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody,
then you've also nailed yourself.
- Richard Thompson

When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience,
you really are a man without any clothes on.
And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are,
I suppose.
I quite enjoy it.
- Richard Thompson

There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one
single solitary word on any subject publicly.
Then I could have been the tortured poet,
and there's so much mileage in that.
But it's too late to stop now.
- Richard Thompson

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All good music resembles something.
Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the
objects and feelings which motivated it.
- Jean Cocteau

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

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

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

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

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

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings
that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun

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

Music should be your escape.
- Missy Elliot

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

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

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

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

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.
- Mickey Hart

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

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

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

One good thing about music, when it hits you,
you feel no pain.
- Bob Marley

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

Music is my religion.
- Jimi Hendrix

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

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

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

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

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

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

All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn

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


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