The Musician Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

By Benedetta LoBalbo

The Musician Says is an all-access behind the curtain go to the area of singers, songwriters, composers, and instrumentalists—all those that have a dating with the inspiration and feature skilled the sacrifices, satisfactions, and frustrations it brings. you will pay attention from an eclectic staff that spans centuries and genres, from Mozart to Mick Jagger, Louis Armstrong to Jay Z, Dolly Parton to woman Gaga, and plenty of extra. Paired like not going visitors at a behind the scenes get together, this unruly team riffs in regards to the benefits and curses of the musician's lifestyles. This number of fascinating and provocative quotations will remind a person who has dreamed of taking part in Carnegie corridor (or perhaps simply learning 3 chords) that the artistic method bridges time and position, and that song is certainly a common language.

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Now, in later existence, i noticed that this removing of context used to be a massive element within the magic of song. Brian Eno (1948– ) whilst i used to be ten, an aunt of mine in Boston determined to maneuver to manhattan. She dumped a few of her heavier furnishings at our condo, and within the load was once a piano. . . . And that used to be it. That used to be my agreement with lifestyles, with God. From then on, that’s what I knew I needed to do. I had came across my universe, my position the place I felt secure. Leonard Bernstein (1918–90) I performed all classical track whilst i used to be within the orphanage.

There have been habitual subject matters that i needed to hold via. They had to segue into the subsequent subject, or even the timing referred to as for a whole departure—time to introduce a brand new motif. there have been the legato passages—the lengthy quotes—and the staccato exchanges—the brief, punchy one-sentence messages. the subjects that carried via had to crescendo on the correct second. A quote that relayed an analogous message as one other was once selected as a result of wording that was once a lot funnier or extra poignant, or since it supplied a counterpoint to another quote.

I’m content material with the usual piece of wooden. I simply are looking to locate one other position to pound in a nail. Bob Dylan (1941– ) With many of the songs I’ve ever written, particularly truthfully, I’ve felt there’s a major hole right here, ready to be crammed; this music must have been written countless numbers of years in the past. How did not anyone choose up on that little house? . . . and also you say, I don’t think they’ve overlooked that fucking gap! Keith Richards (1943– ) I regularly have a computer. . . with me, and whilst an idea involves me, I positioned it down right now.

It’s now not whatever that i will be able to say, “Next Tuesday morning, I’m gonna take a seat and write songs. ” I can’t do this. No method. If I say, “I’m going to the rustic and take a stroll within the woods subsequent Tuesday,” then the chance is, subsequent Tuesday evening i'd write a music. Johnny funds (1932–2003) I nonetheless imagine you'll want to look ahead to the foundation, yet until you’re there, ready on the bus cease, you ain’t gonna get at the bus. David Byrne (1952– ) IF I KNEW the place the great SONGS got here FROM, I’D move THERE extra usually.

I had no concept what he used to be speaking approximately. Barbra Streisand (1942– ) I be mindful while i used to be in fourth grade we had expertise exhibits, and that i performed “Baby Elephant Walk,” a Henry Mancini music, and whilst I couldn’t determine the remainder of the piece I made it up. Diana Krall (1964– ) tune had simply been a device of torture and keep watch over in my existence up till i used to be twelve. i used to be gazing The Ed Sullivan exhibit, and while I observed The Beatles, song grew to become anything that was once quite nice. I practiced Beatles songs, and for a very long time I fantasized that i used to be the 5th Beatle.

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