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Musicians Quotes

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Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

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The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

All rock musicians are deaf...
Or insensitive to mellow sounds.
- Marc Bolan

 

I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize
I guess because you never can tell what musicians would
be playing had they been around as long as I have.
- Sonny Rollins

Regardless of who originally made it popular,
any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and
imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter

As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb,
it's important that we use that voice wisely.
- Roberta Flack

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I only choose musicians who I think will emerge,
can emerge, with their own character,
while still going along with the tune in question.
- Robert Wyatt

We were brash young fellows'.
I was always hanging with the older crowd anyway.
The musicians were the Hip Cats, and I was hanging with them anyway.
I Just started out real early.
- Bootsy Collins

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes?
The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time
to is the creation and performance of music itself.
- Billy Joel

I'm not playing for other musicians.
We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and
wants to spend a buck at night.
We'll keep him happy.
- Nat King Cole

There are a lot better musicians than me out there
that just haven't had the luck to fall into everything like I have.
- Glenn Tipton

Success breeds volume, and it's just amazing how many young writers,
artists, and musicians there are in town.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold,
there were all kinds of young musicians,
talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz.
- Gunther Schuller

The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues.
I know that I don't want no musicians who know all
about music playin' for me.
- Alberta Hunter

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools
module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
- Colin Greenwood

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity,
for creating something that's never been before,
the art form of jazz will flourish.
- Charlie Haden

When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra,
I get 30.
- Les Baxter

Just look at the Old Testament.
They didn't go out with the army first.
They sent the musicians out.
- Michael W. Smith

There's Eddie's conviction and his lyrics and his ideals,
and he can just rock straight out.
His vocals are incredible.
And we all are really competent musicians.
- Mike McCready

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.
- Louis Armstrong

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians.
We had serious roots that spanned different cultures,
obviously the blues.
- Jimmy Page

A lot of my friends are struggling musicians.
Being a struggling actor, it's just frustrating because
you're not allowed to do what you want to do.
- Gina Gershon

The people in Japan know more about the history of
jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
- Billy Higgins

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
- Dave Van Ronk

When I was recording from '70 to '82,
I always played piano and laid the tracks down.
But I used to talk to the other musicians while the track was playing.
- Roy Ayers

You should play with real musicians;
the best music comes from real people interacting with each other.
- John Fogerty

Most musicians count at the beginning,
and never count and talk to their musicians after that.
They only talk to them at the end of the song.
But I would count with them and talk.
- Roy Ayers

Well, remember that we were all members of the Association
for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
- Joseph Jarman

Great musicians accept everything that they hear and find something good.
They take what they like and they throw away what they don't like.
- John Zorn

Today jazz is still very much alive.
Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.
- Toots Thielemans

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
- Maxim Gorky

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will
on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
- Frank Zappa

No, I've heard over the years that it's nice for them
to see somebody who's like,
you know, a well-known successful musician who's Asian.
I've heard it from a few musicians, too.
- James Iha

You can never rely on musicians.
I quit high school at one point to make a go of it
with this band and we kept breaking up.
So I went back to school.
- David James Elliott

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

I lived in an area where there were a lot of rock musicians,
and we got together regularly in our studios.
- Ken Hensley

When we came into the studio I became more and more me,
making the tracks and choosing the musicians,
partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge,
Artie wasn't there.
- Paul Simon

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

You can have all sorts of relationships,
but there's something with musicians working together
where you can have relationship that can just continue
to grow in a beautiful way.
- Beth Orton

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States,
who had a hard time being accepted over here and had
to play in sort of these inferior type dives.
- Sonny Rollins

When I do the music, I make the musicians listen to
what's happening in the film.
That way they treat the dialogue as if it was a singer.
- Mike Figgis

Visible Faith is an expression of my Christian faith
which must be visible to be real!
I gave the name to the collection of musicians who
worked with me on the record.
- Ken Hensley

The musicians I respected were much older than me.
I expected them to cut my head, and they did.
- Wynton Marsalis

I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas
City starting when I was really young.
- Pat Metheny

I love music and musicians.
And seeing great artists dropped from labels was really
frustrating and sad to me.
- Rosanna Arquette

To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions,
most of the musicians that I've worked with have done
their best work by far with me.
- David Bowie

You know, musicians aren't very stable,
in case you hadn't noticed.
- Josh Silver

I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians,
a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking
to fight his way back to happiness.
- Henry Ellis

Don't get me wrong, I've seen some very excellent women musicians.
- Lita Ford

Even though I have often recorded alone,
I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
- John Fogerty

The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way
it is written the first time and then start to look
for other notes that aren't in the melody.
- Margaret Whiting

And I think musicians can better run this state than politicians.
And, hell, beauticians can better run the state than politicians.
- Kinky Friedman

Every musical movement that is big enough has to produce
some good musicians who wouldn't have had the incentive
to start playing without it.
- Alexis Korner

I think musicians and artists are the most philanthropic people I know.
Their charity record of the music business would hold
up to the work of anybody.
- Glenn Frey

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out,
to share your love or pain with others.
- James Taylor

It was by listening to Goodman's band,
that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian,
who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
- Alvin Lee

Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something,
the first encounter, not only with the public,
with other musicians, with specialists,
etc, was that they rejected it.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Serious musicians are finding it harder and harder
to have a voice in the world of music these days.
- Kevin Eubanks

I feel really different from other musicians.
- Mary Timony

I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me,
and I'm workin' and they're not.
- Luther Allison

They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement.
I don't like the way women in music have been identified
as women first and musicians second.
- Michelle Shocked

The public is usually slow to catch on to new things,
and it's important that musicians stick to their guns
and not look for that instant gratification.
- Greg Ginn

There's no difference in a lot of people's minds between
good musicians and popular musicians.
- Dweezil Zappa

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

Because my musical training has been limited,
I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.
- Neil Diamond

The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
It carries a message, and we, the musicians,
are the messengers.
- Roy Ayers

A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
- Travis Barker

There's a reason I moved to NYC, and if I listed all
the musicians on my list you'd grow weary.
- Trevor Dunn

Musicians can run this state better than politicians.
We won't get a lot done in the mornings,
but we'll work late and be honest.
- Kinky Friedman


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