Following the overwhelming response of my first post on music and life, here is another one that I hope you will enjoy as much. This time, I’ve tried to find quotes by fellow musicians about music and what it brings to their lives.
Music resonates with us so deeply because we connect with the emotion behind it. The emotion that the singer or composer felt when creating the piece. Here’s what some of my fellow artists and musicians have to say:
That emotion that I loved at some stage will evolve as a melody. – Enya.
Sound is God. – Ravi Shankar
The day you open your mind to music, you’re halfway to opening your mind to life. – Pete Townshend
More and more as time has gone on, I realize that playing is really more about listening than it is about playing. – Pat Metheny
But not only musicians have a lot to say about music, philosophers too. Here are some of my favorite quotes about music of some of the world’s greatest thinkers.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. – Victor Hugo
Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche
The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence. – Arthur Schopenhauer
In terms of what music is, the following musicians have found beautiful analogies and ways to tap into the magic that music is.
Music is like a mirror in front of you. You’re exposing everything, but surely that’s better than suppressing. – Enya
The magic happens only when the artist serves with love and the listener receives with the same spirit. – Ravi Shankar
Music is the poetry of the air. – Jean Paul Richter
When I sing, I close my eyes. If I see a feather, everything is fine. Without this image in my mind, the sound is not ‘truthful’ enough and I must begin again. I have to. – Sarah Brightman
Music is a place to take refuge. It’s a sanctuary from mediocrity and boredom. It’s innocent and it’s a place you can loose yourself in thoughts, memories and intricacies. – Lisa Gerrard
Last but not least, artist and musician Yoko Ono muses about life:
Don’t ever give up on life. Life can be so beautiful, especially after you’ve spent a lot of time with it. – Yoko Ono
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. – Yoko Ono
Music fills the infinite between two Souls. -Tagore
Music is the melody whose text is the world. -Arthur Shopenhauer
In this world, everything has a pulse or a vibration. This sound is unique to each living or non-living thing and in itself creates a music that no-one can hear. I believe that this has a very powerful resonance with, and a deep effect on, our lives. – Mike Oldfield
One of the rewards of success is freedom, the ability to do whatever you like. – Sting
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. – Charlie Chaplin
It is also interesting to see what musicians think about their role in creating music and songs; many feel it is the music guiding them rather than vice versa.
I function as a channel through which music emerges from the chaos of noise. – Vangelis
This music is not from my mind. It is from heaven, going through my body and out my fingers through composing. Sometimes I wonder. I never practice. I don’t read or write music, but my fingers move. I wonder, ‘Whose song is this?’ I write my songs, but they are not my songs. – Kitaro
I am an interpreter of music rather than a composer of it. – Sarah Brightman
If you liked this post, be sure to see Inspirational Music Quotes, Improve your health with meditation, The sound of Silence, Ambient music therapy, Treat your body like a temple, Music for the Changing Seasons.
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