A Quote by Myra Ellen (Tori) Amos on singing and music

A guitarist or a drummer can get a cold and still play; I get a cold and sound like a wet mitten trying to sing you a love song. Charming.

Tori Amos (1963 -)

Source: Piece by Piece

Contributed by: jodi

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on meditation and music

"I don't get anywhere meditating," she said.  "I see people sitting there with their eyes closed, a smile on their lips or else grave-faced and arrogant, concentrating on absolutely nothing, convinced that they're in touch with God or with the Goddess.  So instead, let's listen to some music together."

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 185

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Peter Gabriel on books and music

The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

Peter Gabriel

Source: Book of Love

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Mary Chapin Carpenter on books, light, music, mystery, pictures, place, and stars

Gather up your telegrams
Your faded pictures, best laid plans
Books and postcards, 45's
Every sunset in the sky

Carry with you maps and string, flashlights
Friends who make you sing
And stars to help you find your place
Music, hope and amazing grace

Maybe what we leave
Is nothing but a tangled little mystery
Maybe what we take
Is nothing that has ever had a name

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Source: Your Life Story

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Jackson Browne on discovery, music, self, and words

Self-discovery in songwriting, bringing something forth that's instructive to yourself - some of the best songs that you will ever write are the ones where you didn't have to think about any of that stuff, but nonetheless that's what's happening in the song.

Jackson Browne

Source: Performing Songwriter, March/April 2004

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Van Morrison on lyrics, music, people, poetry, and words

There's no difference between lyrics and poetry.  Words are words.  The only difference is the people who are in academic positions and call themselves poets and have an academic stance.  They've got something to lose if they say it's all poetry; if there's not music to it, and you have to wear a certain kind of checkered shirt or something like that.  It's all the same.  Lyrics are lyrics, poetry is poetry, lyrics are poetry, and poetry is lyrics.  They are interchangeable to me.

Van Morrison

Source: Performing Songwriter, March/April 2009

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by John Muir on music, nature, space, and stars

Contemplating the lace-like fabric of streams outspread over the mountains, we are reminded that everything is flowing - going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.  Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks both in solution and in the form of mud particles, sand, pebbles, and boulders.  Rocks flow from volcanoes like water from springs, and animals flock together and flow in currents modified by stepping, leaping, gliding, flying, swimming, etc.  While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood globules in Nature's warm heart.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Source: Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on stories, music, reality, example, gorgeous geniuses, nourishment, and media fast

The poet Muriel Rukeyser said the universe is composed of stories, not of atoms.  The physicist Werner Heisenberg declared that the universe is made of music, not of matter.
And we believe that if you habitually expose yourself to toxic stories and music, you could wind up living in the wrong universe, where it's impossible to become the gorgeous genius you were born to be.
That's why we implore you to nourish yourself with delicious, nutritious tales and tunes that inspire you to exercise your willpower for your highest good.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 43

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Confucius on poetry, music, and propriety

Be aroused by poetry; structure yourself with propriety, refine yourself with music.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

Contributed by: Ketutar

A Quote by Gustav Mahler on composer, music, and ineffable

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. 

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)

Contributed by: Nicole

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