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Barbara Kolb Quotes and Sayings

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Composing a piece of music is very feminine.
It is sensitive, emotional, contemplative.
By comparison, doing housework is positively masculine.
- Barbara Kolb

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through
every other word you have written;
you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
- Sydney Smith

I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing
music and composing music,
but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
- Bruce Cockburn

 

I began composing works which were imitative of the
music I was being told about.
I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms.
- Henry Flynt

My mother also had us take piano lessons,
and this had a similar effect.
I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for
pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing.
- Robert B. Laughlin

The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini.
When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris.
He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
- Cecilia Bartoli

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There is nothing greater than the joy of composing
something oneself and then listening to it.
- Clara Schumann

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

You might lose your spontaneity and,
instead of composing first-rate Gershwin,
end up with second rate Ravel.
- Maurice Ravel

Composing is my life blood.
- Morton Gould

I try not to observe myself in the process of composing
a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula,
which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
- Thom Gunn

I think I've done more recording in the past 10 years than most people,
but it's all been directed toward film composing and soundtracks.
Just the same, it's been great.
- Stanley Clarke

I have come up with very creative ideas that really
didn't work with the song I was currently composing.
- Ken Hill

Ever since Two Daughters I've been composing my own music.
- Satyajit Ray

I don't like to box myself in when I'm composing.
- Roscoe Mitchell

I am composing like a god, as if it simply had to be
done as it has been done.
- Franz Schubert

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
- Gyorgy Legeti

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
- T. S. Eliot

I don't meditate before I play or compose,
but I see playing and composing as meditative acts.
- Steve Swallow

There will have to be times when I'm not conducting because I'm composing.
I haven't solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

What I wanted and what I visualized while composing
has not always been realized.
- Gustav Mahler

The composing room has an unlimited supply of periods
available to terminate short,
simple sentences.
- Turner Catledge

Yes, sampling has changed not just my way of playing and composing.
- Klaus Schulze

My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan.
- Alex North

I wonder if we are all wrong about each other,
if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
- Rebecca West

Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing,
yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
- Lukas Foss

I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament
and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach,
living in anonymity and composing regularly for an
established service and for God.
- Igor Stravinsky

Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house.
Slowly you see more details of the house-the color
of the slates and bricks,
the shape of the windows.
The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
- Benjamin Britten

I did quite a lot of the arranging, fitting different sections together,
tempo changes, all sorts of things like that.
I actually acted as a bridge between Robert and Ian.
Not so much composing, rather presenting musical ideas at each rehearsal.
- Michael Giles

While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor,
he was also very serious about composing music.
In reality there are only a handful of skilled players
who can play his most complex pieces.
It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory.
- Dweezil Zappa

The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns,
is that there is not one organizational procedure more
advantageous than another,
perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others.
- Morton Feldman

I think my playing has been orchestral throughout the years,
and this is another way of expressing that.
But I primarily see it as the ultimate accomplishment of a musician.
Composing makes me feel like I've finally gotten all
the way up the ladder as a musician.
- Tony Williams

There are people who must spend huge amounts of time
composing these online diatribes against me,
all about how disgusting and terrible I am and how
no one should ever read my books,
and it's not enough for them to hate me,
they can't stand the fact that ANYONE likes me!
- Poppy Z. Brite

When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head,
a catch phrase.
When I was writing pop songs for a few years,
as a career, separate from my folksinging career,
I used to write songs for pop singers.
- Tom Glazer

Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by
yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain
type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.
- James Young

I don't hate work, composing is not work for me,
it's my pleasure; it's my life.
So why should I stop? If something is pleasurable and exciting and rewarding,
why should one stop?
- Gunther Schuller

I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore.
I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry.
I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and
immediately began composing in my head.
I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
- Gordon Getty

Since I started composing I have always worked with series of tempos,
even superimposed the music of different groups of musicians,
of singers, instrumentalists who play and sing in different
tempos simultaneously and then meet every now and then in the same tempo.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

I don't paint anymore.
I haven't since I abandoned it at 19,
in order to begin writing seriously.
- Jonathan Lethem

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
- Alison Bechdel

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

Because, if one is writing novels today,
concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up
there with concentrating on your semi-colons,
for wasted effort.
- Neil Gaiman

If you want your writing to be taken seriously,
don't marry and have kids, and above all,
don't die.
But if you have to die, commit suicide.
They approve of that.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When I was a teenager, I got into SF,
quite heavily, and that too has had a major impact on my writing.
- George Stephen

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
- Sylvia Plath

I will carry on writing, to be sure.
But I don't know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.
- J. K. Rowling

I had been writing for about twelve years.
I knew pretty well how you could find things out,
but I had never been trained in an academic way how
to go about the research.
- David McCullough

One problem was that my direct testimony was in writing,
so a lot of people didn't get to see it.
I hope they see it, because I think it built a very strong case.
- Jim Barksdale

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

I plan less and less.
It's a great benefit of writing lots,
that you get good at holding long narratives in your
head like a virtual space.
- Jonathan Lethem

A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing.
The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.
- Margaret Atwood

I didn't really start writing music or lyrics or turning
them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
- Jello Biafra

The writing career is not a romantic one.
The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

Books and all forms of writing are terror to those
who wish to suppress the truth.
- Wole Soyinka

On the other hand when you are someone who records
their own songs you are basically stuck writing for
one voice and for one style that can stifle you a bit.
It's a real trade off.
- Cynthia Weil

Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics.
Experimenting with a play.
Toying with an idea for a documentary.
I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
- Anita Diament

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation,
another hour or two in reading aloud,
a little geography and a little history and a little
physics made the day pass busily.
- Hudson Stuck


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