You, too, can sing & play!


~ Bach gave us God's word, Mozart gave us God's laughter, Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us music that we might pray without words. After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible, is music. ~ Aldous Huxley

~ A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~ Maya Angelou

~ When a singer truly feels and experiences what the music is all about, the words will automatically ring true. ~ Monserrat Caballe

~ Music is the purest form of art . . . therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music. The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

~ Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that. ~ Aretha Franklin

~ If a thing isn’t worth saying, you sing it. ~ Pierre Beaumarchais

~ Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. ~ Lou Rawls

~ Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self. ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

~ For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. ~ Reba McEntire

~ I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; what a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again. ~ Arthur Freed

~ If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb

~ The only thing better than singing is more singing. ~ Ella Fitzgerald

~ When I was a child, ladies and gentleman, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times. I learned very early in life that: Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never end – without a song. So I keep singing my song. ~ Elvis Presley

~ The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville

~ God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

~ Singing is such an excellent thing, that I wish all people would sing. ~ Richard Byrd

~ He who sings frightens away his ills. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

~ Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children. ~ Marilyn Penland

~ Those who wish to sing always find a song. ~ Proverb  

~ I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing. ~ William James  

~ As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~ Martin Luther  

~ The total person sings not just the vocal chords. ~ Esther Broner  

~ Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb  

~ A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~ Donna Roberts  

~ Life is a musical so sing like no one is listening! ~ Jasmine Crowe  

~ I get tired of playing a guy who gets into a fight, then starts singing to the guy he`s just beat up.

~ Elvis Presley  

~ There`s no half-singing in the shower, you`re either a rock star or an opera diva. ~ Josh Groban  

~ Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~ Emory Austin  

~ You can cage the singer but not the song. ~ Harry Belafonte

~ Faith and joy are the ascensive forces of song. ~ Edmund Clarence Stedman  

~ Sing songs that none have sung ~ Paramahansa Yogananda  

~ The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing

~ Alexis de Tocqueville  

~ Singing lessons are like body building for your larynx. ~ Bernadette Peters

~ The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside. ~ Rabindranath Tagore  

~ I was always a singer and a dancer, and I always wanted to be an actress. For me, it's all just one thing. ~ Jennifer Lopez  

~ Singing is something I've always loved - I'm not sure what I would do without it! ~ Kate Nash

~ It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them. ~ Hilaire Belloc

~ If I cannot fly, let me sing. ~ Stephen Sondheim

~ So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

~ Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe I'm honest.

~ Frank Sinatra

~ Around people I don't know, I'm totally at a loss. ~ Barbra Stresand

~ Without music, life would be a mistake. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

~ The woods would be very silent if the only birds that sang were those who sang best.

~ Henry David Thoreau

~ Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. ~ Ludwig Von Beethoven

~ To exists to elevate us as far as possible above everyday life. ~ Gabriel Faure

~ I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs, and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. ~ George Eliot

~ There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience. ~ Paul Hindemith

~ Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Red Auerbach

~ Music is a defining element of character. ~ Plato

~ Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music. ~ Sergei Rachmaninov

~ Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~ Victor Hugo

~ Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. ~ Charlie Parker

~ A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence. ~ Leopold Stokowski (British born American conductor known for his influence as a popularizer of classical music. 1882-1977)

~ Music is an outburst of the soul. ~  Frederick DeLuis

~ Music is the vernacular of the soul. Music is the hardest kind of art. It doesn't hang up on a wall and wait to be stared at and enjoyed by passersby. It's communication. It's hours and hours being put into a work of art that may only last, in reality, for a few moments...but if done well, and truly appreciated, it lasts in our hearts forever. That's art. Speaking with your heart to the hearts of others. ~ Mr. Dan Romano

~ Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful. ~ Plato

~ When words fail, Music speaks. ~ H.C. Anderson

~ One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~ Bob Marley

~ Music's what I need to keep my sanity. ~ 311

~ I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. ~ Billy Joel

~ Music expresses feelings words cannot. The only proof he needed for the existance of God was music. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

~ Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. ~ Leonard Bernstein

~ Music is love in search of a voice. ~ Leo Tolstoy

~ Nothing exists without music, for the universe itself is said to have been framed by a kind of harmony of sounds, and the heaven itself revolves under the tone of that harmony. ~ Isidore of Seville

~ Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music. ~ Mozart

~ Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music. ~ PI Tchaikovsky

From Mr Holland's Opus:
Vice Principal Wolters: I care about these kids just as much as you do. And if I'm forced to choose between Mozart and reading and writing and long division, I choose long division.
Glenn Holland: Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want, Gene. Sooner or later, these kids aren't going to have anything to read or write about.

~ Where words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Anderson

~ People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts. ~ Paul Hindemith

~ May music charm me last on earth, and greet me first in heaven. Tune it or die. ~ A button

~ Look for the music on all things, and life will be a symphony of joy. My music is best understood by children and animals. ~ Stravinsky

~ Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. ~ Beethoven

~ Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~ Frank Zappa

~ If music be the food of love, play on. ~ William Shakespeare

~ What Music expresses is eternal, infinite, and ideal; she expresses not the passion, love, desire, of this or that individual in this or that condition, but Passion, Love, Desire itself, and in such infinitely varied phases as lie in her unique possession and are foreign and unknown to any other tongue...So...Here's to Victory, gained by our higher sense over the worthlessness of the vulgar! To Love, which crowns our courage...To the day, to the night!...And three cheers for Music...! ~ Richard Wagner

~ The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' ~ Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

~ No music no life. Music is the laughter of the soul. Music after all is the background score to our lives, not merely surviving in our memory banks long after so many of our seemingly stronger memories have faultered, but serving to remind us of who we were at a given moment of our lives, where we were, what we dreamed of, what we feared, and of course who we loved. The most fun happens in music when you're not doing it, when the music plays itself. Why is this night different than all other nights? Why is music different from anything else in life? When we let things flow, joy happens. ~ Eddie Daniels

~ Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. ~ Stevie Wonder

~ My music is the spiritual expression of what I am----My faith, my knowledge, my being........When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups....I want to speak to their souls. ~ John Coltrane

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

~ The art of music is so deep and profound that to approach it very seriously only is not enough. One must approach music with a serious rigor, and, at the same time, with a great, affectionate joy. ~Nadia Boulanger

~ As a great democratic society, we have a special responsibility to the arts. For art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color. What freedom alone can bring is the liberation of the human mind and a spirit which finds its greatest flowering in the free society. I see of little more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than the full recognition of the place of the artist. ~ John F. Kennedy

~ It is a funny thing, but when I am making music, all the answers I seek for in life seem to be there, in the music. Or rather, I should say, when I am making music, there are no questions and no need for answers. ~ Gustav Mahler

~ My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. ~ Martin Luther

~ All music comes from God. ~ Johnny Cash

~ Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically. ~ Ray Charles

~ I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. ~ Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

~ It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. ~ J.S. Bach

~ Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

~ You are the music while the music lasts. ~ T. S. Eliot

~ Music is therapeutic, it can tame a tiger and soothe a burning soul! ~ George Netterville

~ Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~Maya Angelou

~ Music is love in search of a word. ~ Sidney Lanier

~ Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. ~ Jean Paul Richter

~ Music is the shorthand of emotion. ~ Leo Tolstoy

~ Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

~ Music is what feelings sound like. ~ unknown

~ Music is the poetry of the air. ~ Richter

~ I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. ~ H.A. Overstreet

~ Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them! ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

~ Music is an outburst of the soul. ~ Frederick Delius

~ Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll

~ When words leave off, music begins. ~ Heinrich Heine

~ Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~ Leigh Hunt

~ Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. ~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

~ The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved by concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; the motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. ~ Shakespeare, from "The Merchant of Venice"

~ There is no music in Hell. ~ Douglas Callister

~ Music is the art... which most completely realizes the artistic idea and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ You can take away music, but pretty soon children will have nothing to read or write about. ~ Mr. Holland's Opus

~ Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free.
~ Geddy Lee- in Rush's The Spirit of Radio

~ Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture. ~ Thelonious Monk.

~ You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. ~ Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket

~ All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing. ~ Louis Armstrong

~ Tap your foot (in response to a question from on 60 Minutes regarding what his music was all about.) ~ Count Basie

~ I don’t need words — it’s all in the phrasing. ~ Louis Armstrong

~ Never play anything the same way twice. ~ Louis Armstrong

~ I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing. ~ Miles Davis

~ I can't listen to Wagner that much. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland. ~ Woody Allen

~ Chopin is my dawg! ~ Alicia Keys

~ I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. ~ Billy Joel

~ Never ever practice. Always perform. ~ Mr. Dave Martin

~ In that song each section is like a gem hanging from a Christmas tree. ~ Molly Einhorn (referring to Christmas Festival)

~ School curricula that ignore the arts produce "highly educated Barbarians”. ~ Playwright Edward Albee

~ No one can take away the one thing i depend on... enjoying the music! ~ Eric Johnson

~ As long as there is a song in your heart, there will always be hopes and dreams. ~ Patrick N. Nagovan

~ Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. ~ Lord Erskine

~ Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven. ~Amiel

~ The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at. ~Horace

~ Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. ~John Philip Sousa

Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me