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Over the years I have tried to develop something ...
by Gavin Bryars

Over the years I have tried to develop something which is technically assured.
- Gavin Bryars

Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time.
- Gavin Bryars

I remember once, when I started writing for the alto saxophone,
a saxophonist told me to think of it as being like
a cross between an oboe and a viola,
but louder.
- Gavin Bryars

One thing I'm doing on the new Titanic recording is
actually bringing in different acoustic spaces.
- Gavin Bryars

 

There's another way of making music,
by touching the lives and feelings of ordinary people.
- Gavin Bryars

Similarly you can make a transition from one set of
instruments to another imperceptibly.
- Gavin Bryars

I am writing something which I find satisfying and
which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
- Gavin Bryars

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I currently spend a lot of time thinking about orchestration
and every detail of a piece.
- Gavin Bryars

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals
is not something which attracts me at all.
- Gavin Bryars

I've heard though that there is a younger generation
of tonal French composers who are reacting with vigour.
- Gavin Bryars

Craft is part of the creative process.
- Gavin Bryars

It's rather like attending a university seminar where
you are talking to a few gifted specialists who deliver
a paper to an audience of their peers.
That's one way of making music.
- Gavin Bryars

What was once underground is now coming to the surface.
- Gavin Bryars

Music history has flowed under the bridges for many years.
- Gavin Bryars

Writing tonal music now, you are not writing into the 19th Century.
- Gavin Bryars

I have friends who have a CD mastering plant in Hollywood
and they are very sceptical about European record labels'
understanding of digital technology.
- Gavin Bryars

People like Arvo Part would not have been taken seriously 20 years ago.
- Gavin Bryars

I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles.
- Gavin Bryars

I work very fast, keeping the ideas flowing but making
sure they come out the way I intended.
- Gavin Bryars

It makes sense to invest in new work.
It's almost like having a research department in a scientific laboratory.
You have to try things out.
You'll make some bad mistakes.
Some things will fail but at least you'll energise the organisation.
- Gavin Bryars

As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations,
on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works
and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the
idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
- Gavin Bryars

Somehow in the 20th Century an idea has developed that
music is an activity or skill which is not comprehensible
to the man in the street.
This is an arrogant assertion and not necessarily a true one.
- Gavin Bryars

When Philip Glass asked me if I would be interested
in doing a new recording of Jesus' Blood he assumed
that I would do something similar to the first version
and wanted to know what other pieces would be on the same CD.
- Gavin Bryars

Like an apparently strict musical form it breaks the
five minute whole into its structural parts -
a descriptive preamble,
the action of taking the cards, the development of
the cards' manipulation and the revelation of what has been achieved.
- Gavin Bryars

The project which we developed, however,
was for a sound piece and I was initially curious that
a sculptor should be interested in working with a musician,
especially on a project for radio.
- Gavin Bryars

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

Every blade of grass has an angel
that bends over it and whispers, "grow! grow!
- Talmud

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

The tyrant dies and his rule is over,
the martyr dies and his rule begins
- Soren Kierkegaard

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When we are happy and serene,
time loses its power over us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is a destructive emotion
that becomes instinctive over the years.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Get over it - Life isn't Supposed to be fair.
You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
Get over yourself, and be of service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I allow life to wash over me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

My Cup Runneth Over - My Life Is Abundant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The grass is not always greener
on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences, carry water with you
and tend the grass wherever you may be.
- Anonymous

Completion:
It is time for the project to be over.
You submitted the proposal, you painted your house,
you passed-in the term paper.
Whatever praise or criticism you received,
it is now time to move on to your next project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

USE this time of fresh beginnings.
Use it as an impetus, the force or energy toward change.
Become stronger, a better leader, more focused in your thoughts.
Exert more influence over your dreams
by bringing them closer to your thoughts, every day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

It's like deja-vu, all over again.
- Yogi Berra

The way to do fieldwork is never to
come up for air until it is all over.
- Margaret Mead

I just want to do God's will.
And he's allowed me to go to the mountain.
And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land!
I may not get there with you,
but I want you to know tonight that
we as a people will get to the promised land.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It ain't over till it's over.
- Yogi Berra


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