A Quote by William Wordsworth on fame, joy, and singers

A famous man is Robin Hood, The English ballad-singer's joy.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Rob Roy's Grave.

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A Quote by Stephen Morrissey on audiences, needs, obsession, passion, people, personality, personality, and singers

Singers attract fans with aspects of their own personality. People feel I'm passionate and obsessive. They know this isn't a profession for me, it's a vocation. It's not an egotistical thing, but something else. I'm in a dialogue with my audience, and that's something I need

Stephen Morrissey

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A Quote by Nat King Cole on competition, heart, musicians, and singers

I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.

Nat King Cole (1919 - 1965)

Source: Nat King Cole, by James Haskings, 1990.

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A Quote by Frank Morrison "Mickey" Spillane on baseball, good, knowledge, and singers

If you're a singer, you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.

Mickey Spillane (1918 -)

Source: W.O.W. - Writers on Writing, by Jon Winokur, 1990.

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on body, emotion, meaning, mind, music, nature, perception, pleasure, purity, quality, reality, senses, singers, soul, spirit, spirituality, and time

Musical consonance occurs in the element which is the mean of all (i.e. air), and reaches the ears through motion, spherical motion: so that it is not surprising that it should be fitting to the soul, which is both the mean of things, and the origin of circular motion. In addition, musical sound, more than anything else perceived by the senses, conveys, as if animated, the emotions and thoughts of the singer's or player's soul to the listeners' souls; thus it preeminently corresponds with the soul. Moreover, as regards sight, although visual impressions are in a way pure, yet they lack the effectiveness of motion, and are usually perceived only as an image, without reality; normally therefore, they move the soul only slightly. Smell, taste, and touch are entirely material, and rather titillate the sense-organs than penetrate the depths of the soul. But musical sound by the movement of the air moves the body: by purified air it excites the aerial spirit which is the bond of body and soul: by emotion it affects the senses, and at the same time the soul: by meaning it works on the mind: finally, by the very movement of the subtle air it penetrates strongly: by its contemperation it flows smoothly: by the convormity of its quality it floods us with a wonderful pleasure: by its nature, both spiritual and material, it at once seizes, and claims as its own, man in his entirety.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marian Anderson on gifts, god, grace, and singers

A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God . . . When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.

Marian Anderson (1897 - 1993)

Source: My Lord, What A Morning, 1956.

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on architecture, books, musicians, people, and singers

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on clarity and singers

The clear, sweet singer with the crown of snow Not whiter than the thoughts that housed below.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: To George William Curtis.

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A Quote by Henry Purcell on composers, genius, language, music, singers, skill, and songs

Composer, organist, bass and countertenor singer. He was one of the greatest composers of the baroque period and one of the greatest of all English composers. Rreference to Purcell by James II's Attorney-General, Roger North, succintly sums up his stature: 'the Orpheus Britannicus . . . a greater musical genius England never had'. He excelled in every branch of music to which he turned his hand. Purcell showed exceptional skill in the flexible setting of the English language, and some of his solo song-scenas (like Mad Bess and The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation) are remarkable example of dramatised declamation.

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)

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A Quote by Harry Belafonte on singers and songs

You can cage the singer but not the song.

Harry Belafonte

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