Quotations on Song

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Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.
- Berenice Abbott
(Keywords: Death, Life, Positive, Act, Living, Photography, Song, Word)

I love listening to Radio Head's 'Everything in its Right Place' because it's all major chords, it makes you feel really good. It's soothing, it's got a beautiful voice, crazy textures. When I'm down I listen to that song and it really makes me feel good.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Love, Listening, Right, Song, Voice)

I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Father, First, Longing, Old, Song, Years)

At the Muddy Waters thing, I played the first song by myself on an acoustic guitar. I thought that was great that y'all did that tribute to Muddy Waters. I had a real good time.
- Gregg Allman
(Keywords: Time, Thought, First, Guitar, Song, Tribute)

For me it always comes down to what is a good song and I'm very old fashioned in the way that I like to make songs that have something classic about them whether you can play them with an orchestra or an electro synthesizer or an acoustic guitar.
- Marc Almond
(Keywords: Guitar, Old, Play, Song, Songs)

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Art, Music, Soul, Interest, Key, Song, Teaching, Will)

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Poetry, Music, Song, Speech)

I would have to work on the song and figure out how they wanted the song done, because they're such high-intensity songs. We figure that out first, then I go back and listen to it and go over and rehearse stuff with it and try to get a feel for the words.
- Tom Araya
(Keywords: Work, First, Song, Songs, Words)

One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion.
- Joan Armatrading
(Keywords: Dancing, Song, Tribute)

They look for the top note to end every song. They don't know what they are singing about. There is no style.
- Frankie Avalon
(Keywords: End, Singing, Song, Style)

Artists don't always know. Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit. I was wrong every time!
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: People, Artists, Song, Wrong)

Most musicians count at the beginning, and never count and talk to their musicians after that. They only talk to them at the end of the song. But I would count with them and talk.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Beginning, End, Musicians, Song, Talk)

I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth.
- Lynda Barry
(Keywords: Dumb, Favorite, Song, Voice)

I think if you're writing from the heart, very often, the subject matter will adjust as you age... but you try to write the best song you can possibly write. For us, we have the same basic elements that make up the America sound.
- Gerry Beckley
(Keywords: Age, Heart, America, Song, Sound, Will, Writing)

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting, I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew
(Keywords: Example, Song, Sound, Talk)

The first song that I wrote was when I was with The Del Rios. I was like 14 years old but I was always putting my thoughts down on paper even before then because it was like an escape - a way of unleashing all the stuff.
- William Bell
(Keywords: Thoughts, First, Old, Song, Years)

In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: History, Art, Language, Painting, Play, Song, World)

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven't been explained in song.
- Clint Black
(Keywords: Christmas, Old, Song, Songs, Traditions, Writing)

When you have great songs that are going to live longer than the composers, everything you can do to bring those different elements and nuances out, serve the song.
- Michael Bolton
(Keywords: Composers, Song, Songs)

One song will launch you, but you don't want to be a one-song artist.
- Michael Bolton
(Keywords: Artist, Song, Want, Will)

But, in the end, even a song that's as politically bland as Blowin in the Wind, you probably wouldn't get up and sing that now, whereas some of Bob Dylan's love songs that were contemporary with that, like say Girl from the North Country, you can still get up an play now.
- Billy Bragg
(Keywords: Love, Country, End, Now, Play, Song, Songs, Wind)

You always will be singing a song or humming a line or a melody.
- Dennis Brown
(Keywords: Singing, Song, Will)

Certain songs by hearing the rhythm, it tells you that is either a love song or you might be heartbroken or the songs give you the vibes and you just know that certain songs are militant that you have to write.
- Dennis Brown
(Keywords: Love, Hearing, Song, Songs)

I will have a song that I'm in love with for a couple of months and then I'll go to something else. That's just constantly changing. And sometimes I will go back to old one that I haven't heard for a long time.
- Ray Brown
(Keywords: Love, Time, Months, Old, Song, Will)

That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.
- Jackson Browne
(Keywords: Business, Music, Time, Folk, Learning, Play, Song, Writing)

I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a song that really says how I feel, what I believe - and it even explains the world to myself better than I knew it.
- Jackson Browne
(Keywords: Favorite, Song, World, Writing)

Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Performance, Instinct, Reading, Song, Years)

It's fun having songs about parties and gigolos, but I really wanted to use my music as a form of art. Art is supposed to spark conversation and make people think, and I wanted to do that with this song.
- Nick Cannon
(Keywords: Art, Music, People, Conversation, Fun, Song, Songs)

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now?
- Jim Capaldi
(Keywords: Idea, Living, Lying, Now, Song, Wonder, Writing)

Now, performing is second nature and I love every second of it. It is a very emotional thing when I can't play a song; maybe I'm hitting on something that I don't want to deal with. All of it is so personal. It is like therapy.
- Vanessa Carlton
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Now, Play, Song, Therapy, Want)

It's a marvelous feeling when someone says 'I want to do this song of yours' because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Keywords: Feeling, Song, Want)

There are no rules to writing a song.
- Randy Castillo
(Keywords: Rules, Song, Writing)

There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me want to run home to be with my wife.
- Steven Curtis Chapman
(Keywords: Home, Wife, Cheating, Nothing, Song, Want)

My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
- Ray Charles
(Keywords: People, Man, Song, State)

They would wake me up when I was sleeping, and say sing a song for our friends. I had a sweet voice, I had a nice little tenor voice. God knows what I sang, but my whole family would admire me.
- Dominic Chianese
(Keywords: Family, God, Friends, Song, Voice)

If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.
- Alex Chilton
(Keywords: Conviction, Expression, Song, Spirit, Writing)

In some ways, I've always approached singing as acting, and the voice is just like a way of carrying the song.
- Petula Clark
(Keywords: Acting, Singing, Song, Voice)

After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
- Stanley Clarke
(Keywords: Music, Opportunity, Play, Song, Years)

There aren't reasons why you like this song or this piece of music, or don't like it. It's just, it's either right or wrong, you know?
- Ethan Coen
(Keywords: Music, Right, Song, Wrong)

If I give myself a chore, for instance, when I was writing the songs for Shameless, I said to myself, Now, every day for 90 days you have to write a song; good, bad or indifferent. So that was really helpful.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Day, Now, Song, Songs, Writing)

I don't dream songs. I'm more apt to write dreams down and then to be able to interpret them into a song. I also tend to get up and write prose in the morning from which will come songs.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Dreams, Prose, Song, Songs, Will)

I have yet to have a successful outcome of sitting in a room with someone and trying to write a song. The way that I generally co-write is that someone else writes the music or part of the music.
- Shawn Colvin
(Keywords: Music, Successful, Song, Trying)

History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Art, History, Song, World)

The opportunity to record the song came when Phil Collins' record label, Atlantic, was doing a tribute album to him and they asked all these different artists to do renditions of his songs.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Opportunity, Artists, Song, Songs, Tribute)

I've done that I was touring a couple of years ago with R. Kelly and the Lillith Fair, I would do the late night underground gigs as well because it's always around those times that there was a hot song, either on the radio or in the clubs, it would just be simultaneous.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Night, Song, Years)

The second song is called 'Easy As Life,' which really describes the complete conflict of the whole story, her struggle of being in love with the enemy and also being in love with her people.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Love, Life, People, Being, Conflict, Enemy, Song, Struggle)

I always thought that it was every performer's dream. That's the epitome of being an artist, being able to express song, dance and acting in a live theatre setting and really connecting with an audience on that level.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Thought, Dance, Dream, Acting, Artist, Being, Song, Theatre)

I think it's his perception of knowing how to make a record build, keeping the integrity of the song in the music and really adding a lot of musical elements to compliment my voice and to compliment the song.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Music, Perception, Compliment, Integrity, Song, Voice)

Just having the pain of being alive without anything else, whether it's good or bad. There's a lot of serious songs on the record, you know. That song is just about feeling like a fish out of water, feeling like you don't belong on the planet sometimes.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Being, Feeling, Fish, Pain, Song, Songs, Water)

You can lose people without them dying, and I have, from moving, from traveling. The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death. I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Life, Death, People, Dying, Emotion, Longing, Singing, Song, Traveling)



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