Quotations About / On: MUSIC
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
(Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).)
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)
A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.
(Loretta Lynn (b. 1930), U.S. singer. Quoted in Los Angeles Times (May 26, 1974).)
If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 70, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
Technology is a servant who makes so much noise cleaning up in the next room that his master cannot make music.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.
(Ian Anderson (b. 1947), British rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 67, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
(Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (March 9, 1961).)
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Altisidora, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 11 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.)
Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
(André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. Quoted in Lillian Smith, The Journey, ch. 15 (1955).)