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Danny Elfman Quotes and Sayings

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I don't see myself necessarily having a burning desire to write a symphony.
- Danny Elfman

You have to write a good score that you feel good about.
At least, you're supposed to.
But, if the director hates it, it ain't going to be in the movie!
- Danny Elfman

I like creating these rhythmic patterns.
These interlocking rhythmic things are really fun.
- Danny Elfman

You're allowed to rip-off another score so close that it's ridiculous.
In my opinion it's ridiculous, how closely one can
just rip-off a score that happened a year or two earlier.
- Danny Elfman


I'll just start laying out the melody exactly where I want it to fall.
And then I'll go back and fill it out.
Whereas, in other pieces I'm really just going a couple bars at a time.
- Danny Elfman

In Tim's films, more than most, if you miss the tone,
you don't get the film.
- Danny Elfman

So I've learned in the past, if a company approaches
me and they want something like this,
or something like that that I've done and I turn them down,
they're going to do it anyhow.
- Danny Elfman

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It sounds really stupid, I hate making cosmic comments like this but,
I just let it do what it wants to do.
- Danny Elfman

Or certainly I would need time - which I would love
to have but there almost never is on a film -
to just spend a week with a roomful of guys laying down these patterns.
- Danny Elfman

I'm trying to interpret the film through the director's head,
but it all comes out through me.
So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.
- Danny Elfman

I would have to say I might do some stuff,
but it's the film that's appealing.
I was raised on film.
My musical experience is all via film,
it's not from classical music.
- Danny Elfman

Oh see, first off you gotta realize -
everything for me is a reconstruction or deconstruction.
I would actually say deconstruction.
Mission: Impossible would be the exception.
That would be a reconstruction- deconstruction.
- Danny Elfman

It's hard to get a film, you know, you need a very
special film to be able to get that experimental.
But, I would love to see that happen.
I would love the opportunity to be more experimental than I am.
- Danny Elfman

So, it becomes an exercise in futility if you write
something that does not express the film as the director wishes.
It's still their ball game.
It's their show.
I think any successful composer learns how to dance
around the director's impulses.
- Danny Elfman

I really liked doing a number of the projects and directors,
and etc., etc., I knew about half-way through that
I would never be doing that again.
It's just not me.
I really am happy as a part-time film composer,
not a full-time film composer.
- Danny Elfman

The beauty of a main title is that you establish your
main theme and maybe a bit of your secondary theme.
You plant the seed that you're going to go water later in the score.
And so, having that removed just made it so much more difficult.
- Danny Elfman

I'm looking for a feel and I have to find what that
feel is before I can move on from there.
I'm not necessarily catching stuff in such a simple way -
I don't need to.
So, I'm going for something else.
- Danny Elfman

Sometimes I like them artificial and sometimes I like them real.
And the reason is because sometimes I like a real close sound.
And I like a very specific snare sound and I can't
get that in the big room.
- Danny Elfman

It's just hard.
I wish the studios felt there was more value in these
themes and these pieces of material -
that they're worth protecting more.
Because then it just wouldn't happen.
If the studios cared, the stuff would be stopped in a second.
- Danny Elfman

I had to do this very aggressive, big score in a very short time,
and knowing that in the beginning, middle,
and end would be this very, very famous theme,
but I still had to weave a score around it and make
it work as a score was really challenging.
- Danny Elfman

I'll look back and I'd be better to answer that in
about three months from now.
Or when the movie comes out and I see it.
I don't even know what it is yet.
I've still been in the middle of it.
- Danny Elfman

The first thing I do is lay out that melody and figure
out how it has to hold here and then finish to land here,
because you know in advance you're going to want the
melody to catch four things in the action.
- Danny Elfman

There's kind of a cool feel that happens every now and then.
I guess that feel is the thing that makes the score its own score.
But, I don't know exactly what that is.
So, it's hard for me to answer that question.
- Danny Elfman

Doing Tim's film is always going to be the most pleasure.
Let me just put it that way.
So, without drawing favorites one way or the other,
getting back with him and doing Mars Attacks!
was certainly a special treat.
- Danny Elfman

That still has to be there.
And so, it's kind of an interesting question you brought up.
Because, on the one hand, yeah, it'd be lovely.
I certainly don't see that happening.
In fact, I see the opposite happening.
- Danny Elfman

You have to nail the right tone because sometimes when
you just see his films cold,
you're not quite sure.
It's the same in - I'm trying to think of other directors with a similar sense -
David Lynch's films,
Tim's films, some of Cronenberg's stuff.
- Danny Elfman

Most often the music does end up in the movie,
and sometimes there's a point where I wish that it wasn't,
just because I think the score would be more effective if there was less of it.
But, again, that's not my call.
- Danny Elfman

I think that there's a lot more freedom in the low budget,
the independent films where, unfortunately,
you don't have the money, necessarily,
to get the orchestras in there to play a lot of stuff.
But, you have a lot more freedom, very often.
- Danny Elfman

In some types of music I'm working out all the chords one bar at a time -
the whole structure,
because it's about that.
And there are other pieces which are really about -
the melody is going to start here and play through to here.
- Danny Elfman

I can't get that live and I don't have the time to take the tape,
after I've finished recording it, into a little studio
somewhere else where I can get a different kind of percussion sound.
- Danny Elfman

I think that's one of the things that has always put
me in kind of an odd niche.
It's that all of my understanding of orchestral music is via film,
not via classical music like it's supposed to be.
To me it's the same, it doesn't make any difference.
- Danny Elfman

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin PHOTO

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

When I see Spirit in everything, Peace is at hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Choose the World You See.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Happy Day is a day I see all of life
with the eyes of compassion.
- Rory J. Corsiglia

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it,
confident I will see the results, in time,
of the nurture I have provided.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The more you see the less you know.
- Bono

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
- Anton Chekhov

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

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A part of you has grown in me.
And so you see, it's you and me
together forever and never apart,
maybe in distance, but never in heart.
- Anonymous

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