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Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film,
by Carter Burwell

Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film,
or at least in narrative feature films.
- Carter Burwell

Death is always around the corner, but often our society
gives it inordinate help.
- Carter Burwell

I have always loved Scottish music -
all sorts of Celtic,
Gaelic music.
- Carter Burwell

I just love the sheer mess of New York.
- Carter Burwell

 

Even if I went off to some other career,
I hope I would still be doing Coen films.
- Carter Burwell

I write music to please myself.
Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
- Carter Burwell

I think being a little nuts is helpful.
- Carter Burwell

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Big Sur is at the end of the continent.
It attracts really crazy people.
- Carter Burwell

Any film which views the darker side of life,
which is death with a sense of humor,
is very much to my taste.
- Carter Burwell

New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge,
but that's not especially true.
It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess
of a town I've ever seen.
- Carter Burwell

I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
- Carter Burwell

There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
- Carter Burwell

John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of.
As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
- Carter Burwell

I think I've only done one horror movie,
Psycho III.
That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
- Carter Burwell

I had piano lessons when I was a kid,
like most people.
And hated them, like most people.
And quit, like most people.
- Carter Burwell

Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director,
producer, and studio.
But that would be a life not worth living.
- Carter Burwell

How does my music connect to an audience? That is just
a complete mystery to me.
- Carter Burwell

I almost never try to make the audience comfortable.
I wouldn't want that if I were in the audience.
- Carter Burwell

Performing written music, even when I've written it,
is not very interesting to me.
- Carter Burwell

John Barry was my hero when I was about 13.
His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.
- Carter Burwell

I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards,
toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.
- Carter Burwell

In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out.
It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
- Carter Burwell

The jarring change going from an urban environment
to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring.
It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.
- Carter Burwell

Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.
- Carter Burwell

I would like to do a science fiction film some day.
Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre,
which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
- Carter Burwell

Connection is what one is after in probably most media,
but certainly in film, which is an immersive medium.
- Carter Burwell

Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel.
The disadvantage is that everyone there seems to talk
about the same subject matter.
- Carter Burwell

If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
- Carter Burwell

The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.
- Carter Burwell

I like business and personal life to be distinct.
- Carter Burwell

I don't find myself lobbying for projects.
Filmmakers almost always come to me.
- Carter Burwell

When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us,
we have tragedy.
- Carter Burwell

I don't personally see my work as being dark.
What interests me is a balance between light and dark.
- Carter Burwell

I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline.
I might not sleep for many days on end,
it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.
- Carter Burwell

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

A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand.
I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.
- Carter Burwell

I don't generally find myself listening to the music
of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
- Carter Burwell

Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own,
which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique,
but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.
- Carter Burwell

If someone suddenly lost their director the day before
shooting and wanted me to step in,
I'd be willing to.
But I'd do brain surgery the same way.
I'm always up for something new.
- Carter Burwell

On Being John Malkovich and the cinema of the absurd,
I do enjoy it.
I wish there were more like it.
The very fact that there can't be more like it is one
of the reasons it's admirable.
- Carter Burwell

Conducting, I tried it once off the cuff,
and quickly realized there were subtle aspects that I was missing.
There is a lot more to it that I was able to grasp
simply by watching conductors.
- Carter Burwell

Most films I work on, the people making the film are
constantly second-guessing the executives of the studio,
the producer, and the audience.
It is very hard to accomplish anything in that situation.
- Carter Burwell

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

I don't care much about music.
What I like is sounds.
- Dizzy Gillespie

My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power.
- Paulina Rubio

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

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

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

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

Music should be your escape.
- Missy Elliot

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

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

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 performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter

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

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


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