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Michael Tilson Thomas Quotes and Sayings

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Being an American musician means being adventurous.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But those musics do not address the larger kind of
architecture in time that classical music does,
whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

I think music needs to be presented in a way so that kids can grasp songs,
dances, simple music that's associated with some particular
defining moment in human experience.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally,
it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer,
an editor, a director.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

 

When I first was conducting as guest conductor in Europe 25 years ago,
I would propose doing American pieces and grudgingly
it would be accepted from time to time.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

I can't do pieces I only admire technically.
I have to feel some direct contact with them.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductors are performers.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

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But still as compared to many, many orchestras in the world,
I think you find a lot more new music and living composers
on our programs than many other places.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Extreme volume in music very often disguises a lack
of actually important content.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

They are representations of many shared hours of collaboration between us all.
That's the real nature of the relationship the orchestra
and I are trying to build.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

The whole path of American music has been so much about
the recognition of stylistic diversity,
and the recognition of the importance of music which
was from one of the vernacular traditions.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

You know, they were returning to the language of the
people and trying to use musical language,
particularly as Copland did to create a musical language
in which all Americans would feel that they had a stake.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

And what classical music does best and must always do more,
is to show this kind of transformation of moods,
to show a very wide psychological voyage.
And I think that's something that we as classical musicians have underestimated.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But without the experience of actually singing or playing these things yourself,
you don't have the same kind of involvement or understanding
of what these musical moves mean.
And that is a very big problem in addressing the future of music.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But a large symphony orchestra basically is a repertory
company and it has a very enormous repertoire and it
is important for the performers to be able to know
how to shift focus so that they instantly become part
of the sound world that a particular repertoire demands.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

If we are able to get inside the music and inhabit it convincingly enough,
it will cause everyone to find each other in this new psychological space.
And that's most exciting.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

And at the same time, you are of course a performer,
but it's very important that you understand that your
role as a performer is to get the best performance
from those wonderful colleagues that you have the chance to work with.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Earlier in my life, I performed a lot of music.
Some of it because I felt it was a demonstration,
or a representation of certain intellectual concepts
that were very exciting and important.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

It's kind of scary sometimes, I've seen this a lot in Asia.
Children are given music lessons, very intensively
I might add and involving great technical expertise sometimes,
but you can tell that they have been told only to play happy pleasant music.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

In earlier times, so many people sang much more.
You know as a kid you'd go to some kind of religious
training and or summer camp or whatever it was and
you'd learn to sing a lot of songs.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But if I can be convinced and then through the work that we do together,
the orchestra can really be convinced of the big sweep
of that communication that the piece suggests,
then the audience will get it and it will be a good
experience for all of us.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But you know in the contemporary art world,
you pose a very interesting conundrum.
All sorts of people collect very contemporary art,
yet when it comes to the music which is analogous to that sort of art,
they are not interested, or perhaps even hostile.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

But some people will say you just did these programs.
Well, yes, the programs are important and I'm proud of the programs,
but mostly I'm proud of the way the San Francisco Symphony plays these programs.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

The first year I started in San Francisco,
there was an American work on every program and there's
been a lot of music by living composers and gradually
that was part of the process of getting the audience really to trust me.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale PHOTO

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Face the facts of being what you are,
for that is what changes what you are.
- Soren Kierkegaard

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Honor your being,
Release each and every struggle,
Gather strength from life's storms,
Relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is my day to honor my being,
release each and every struggle,
gather strength from life's storms,
relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

You can not find happiness by chasing after it.
Happiness comes from doing what you love to do,
and from being who you truly are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

We're so engaged in doing things
to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget the inner value,
the rapture that is associated
with being alive, is what it is all about.
- Joseph Campbell

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing
a human being to a purpose.
- Albert Schweitzer

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl Jung

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off
a portion of one's being,
but by integration of the contraries.
- Carl Jung

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Believe in yourself, and trust your own wisdom
rather than being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What I recognized is that you can't put it together.
It's already together, and what you have to do
is experience it being together.
- Werner Erhard

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

Today, I say yes to forgiving.
I commit to being for-giving love
and for-giving compassion in all areas of my life.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.
- John Wayne


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