Quotes and Sayings about Musicians



"Many rock musicians are excellent cooks, I've found, and those that are prefer to eat their own cooking in the studio. I encourage this behavior as I also enjoy the benefits of fresh food."
- Steve Albini
(Related: Food, Behavior, Benefits, Cooking, Musicians)

"I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I'm workin' and they're not."
- Luther Allison
(Related: Musicians)

"Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It's something I will always do."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Music, Musicians, Songs, Will)

"In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about."
- David Amram
(Related: Church, Temple, Jazz, Meeting, Musicians, Quiet)

"Yes, but the great thing about all the people - and I don't think there is any exception - who I've worked with is they've all been very, very talented musicians."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: People, Musicians)

"I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: People, Being, Influence, Musicians)

"Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them."
- Louis Armstrong
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"I love music and musicians. And seeing great artists dropped from labels was really frustrating and sad to me."
- Rosanna Arquette
(Related: Love, Music, Artists, Musicians)

"The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Beauty, Music, People, Musicians)

"When I was recording from '70 to '82, I always played piano and laid the tracks down. But I used to talk to the other musicians while the track was playing."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Musicians, Talk)

"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
(Related: Beginning, End, Musicians, Song, Talk)

"The kind of music or the kind of arrangements that I do, the kind of musicians I choose, is just what I like to hear."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing."
- Travis Barker
(Related: People, Musicians, Punk)

"Royalties are not how most writers or musicians make their living. Musicians by and large make a living with a relationship with an audience that is economically harnessed through performance and ticket sales."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Performance, Living, Musicians, Sales, Writers)

"I did a concert... in September with the Berlin Philharmonic... They're great musicians, and there's always something to learn from them."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Musicians)

"We wanted to make sure that the film covered the main issues of his life. Musicianship, appearance."
- Martin Bashir
(Related: Life, Appearance, Film)

"When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra, I get 30."
- Les Baxter
(Related: Musicians, Want)

"Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers."
- Les Baxter
(Related: Imagination, Challenge, Musicians, Popular, Song)

"I don't try to make 15 musicians sound like two each."
- Les Baxter
(Related: Musicians, Sound)

"My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians."
- Walter Becker
(Related: Time, People, Jazz, Musicians)

"I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up."
- George Benson
(Related: Future, Guitar, Musicians, Theories)

"You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual. Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them, that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor."
- Frank Black
(Related: Being, Musicians, Writer)

"Watch MTV and you can see what the music scene is like in England. The Spice Girls? Not a lot of creativity in the commercial area. There are still great musicians in England, but not a lot being heard that much."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Music, Creativity, Being, England, Girls, Musicians)

"All rock musicians are deaf... Or insensitive to mellow sounds."
- Marc Bolan
(Related: Musicians)

"The musicians are really on board, they're doing a great job together. There is some kind of a good chemistry, I would say affectionate chemistry and it's a huge promise of success."
- Lucien Bouchard
(Related: Success, Job, Musicians, Promise)

"To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions, most of the musicians that I've worked with have done their best work by far with me."
- David Bowie
(Related: Work, Musicians)

"I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players."
- David Bowie
(Related: Life, Musicians)

"All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: Fans, Ideals, Integrity, Media, Musicians)

"I like to follow my favorite team and talk sports with my band or fans. You won't believe how many musicians are sports fans. We have so much time on tour that we need these outlets for relaxation."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Sports, Time, Fans, Favorite, Musicians, Relaxation, Talk)

"Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes. Musicians are always starving, so they're really mean to each other about who makes what."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Money, Jokes, Musicians)

"I didn't write any music at all, and then, I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying that there were two kinds of musicians: the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't."
- Bill Bruford
(Related: Music, Being, Saying)

"Certainly one of the more common experiences in the jazz field is discovering someone new. Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers, voyagers. We want to join in on whatever we hear. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape."
- Gary Burton
(Related: Being, Freedom, Jazz, Musicians, Want)

"It keeps me in touch with younger musicians who are constantly saying, 'Have you heard this new artist, or this new guitar player?' It keeps you reaching."
- Gary Burton
(Related: Artist, Guitar, Musicians, Saying)

"I don't like that, because there are a lot of people whose works I admire as actors or actresses, or musicians. And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors."
- Laura Bush
(Related: People, Actors, Musicians)

"I'm always going to get more of a charge playing Chicago than I will Duluth or some place like that. Just because of the history and the people there are way more knowledgeable than a lot of other cities. It's an amazing music scene with some great bands and great musicians."
- Matt Cameron
(Related: History, Music, People, Chicago, Cities, Musicians, Will)

"I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians."
- Rosanne Cash
(Related: Actors, Daughters, Musicians, Writers)

"Success breeds volume, and it's just amazing how many young writers, artists, and musicians there are in town."
- Steven Curtis Chapman
(Related: Success, Artists, Musicians, Writers)

"I think the world is very much embracing this whole concept of musicians going out and playing their instruments and playing music for music as opposed to music that has something to do with some form of image or imagery."
- Les Claypool
(Related: Music, Musicians, World)

"I'm not playing for other musicians. We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy."
- Nat King Cole
(Related: Day, Musicians, Night, Trying)

"For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death."
- Nat King Cole
(Related: Death, People, Musicians, Nothing, Play, Years)

"I remember once, we got an interview, and he said, 'Dad, these people are writing about me like I'm an adult. Don't they know I'm a kid?' I have never tried to encourage him to get a music image like other musicians have."
- Ornette Coleman
(Related: Music, People, Musicians, Writing)

"We were brash young fellows'. I was always hanging with the older crowd anyway. The musicians were the Hip Cats, and I was hanging with them anyway. I Just started out real early."
- Bootsy Collins
(Related: Cats, Musicians)

"There were bars that began to have acoustic musicians play, it was 1970: Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, America, The Eagles, all that kind of stuff was popular. It was very easy for me to just kind of move in and be noticed."
- Shawn Colvin
(Related: America, Eagles, Musicians, Play, Popular)

"I sat in at every club in New York City, jamming with musicians, because it felt right - and because it felt right and we were having fun - the people dancing and sipping their drinks in the clubs felt it too and it made them smile."
- Ray Conniff
(Related: People, Dancing, Drinks, Fun, Musicians, Right, Smile)

"Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due."
- James Cook
(Related: Women, Composers, Musicians)

"Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people in themselves in the world. Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11, unfortunately it's gone."
- Andrea Corr
(Related: Happiness, People, Musicians, Past, World)

"Our parents were musicians."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Musicians, Parents)

"There's a lot of integrity with musicians; you really still aspire to grow, and be great, to be the best version of yourself you can be."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Integrity, Musicians)

"Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole."
- Tim Curry
(Related: Actors, Musicians)

"The best rock musicians are the most exciting people in the world."
- James Daly
(Related: People, Musicians, World)

"There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature."
- Claude Debussy
(Related: Nature, Development, Example, Musicians, Nothing, Sunset, Will)

"I was lucky enough to first meet Elvis at his house in Bel Air and he used to invite different artists, singers and musicians, to come and jam with him at his house."
- Jackie DeShannon
(Related: Artists, First, Musicians)

"Because my musical training has been limited, I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song."
- Neil Diamond
(Related: Musicians, Song, Training)

"I came together with younger musicians and tried to pass on my own experiences. In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity."
- Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
(Related: Curiosity, Musicians, Spontaneity)

"Whatever I do, I attempt to do it fully. I try, and don't always succeed, to be thorough. There are musicians who do not know their worth, and if they knew it at one time, it has eluded them. I know my worth. You try not to dwell in the past."
- Bill Dixon
(Related: Time, Musicians, Past, Succeed, Worth)

"Rock musicians, and a vast array of popular-music musicians, due to their wealth, acquired through the mass of their notoriety, are able to be listened to and heard and thus are able to effect change on an international level."
- Bill Dixon
(Related: Change, Wealth, Effect, Musicians, Popular)

"The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed. If you have five players in a situation where the music is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed, it won't succeed even if one of the musicians takes control."
- Bill Dixon
(Related: Music, Control, Being, Magic, Musicians, Succeed)

"We wanted to guide the musicians, so we could create our own sound. We would never let the band just go in and play the chord sheets. We were very focused on what we had in mind for these productions."
- Lamont Dozier
(Related: Mind, Musicians, Play, Sound)

"There's a reason I moved to NYC, and if I listed all the musicians on my list you'd grow weary."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Musicians, Reason)

"And then the last album, "Get It", was done over a shorter period of time and I started using other musicians, as opposed to playing all the instruments myself like I did on the other two."
- Dave Edmunds
(Related: Time, Musicians)

"The wise musicians are those who play what they can master."
- Duke Ellington
(Related: Musicians, Play)

"You can never rely on musicians. I quit high school at one point to make a go of it with this band and we kept breaking up. So I went back to school."
- David James Elliott
(Related: Musicians, School)

"I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Happiness, Darkness, Feeling, Fight, Musicians, Satan)

"Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Music, Attention, Listening, Musicians, Sense, Tension)

"Serious musicians are finding it harder and harder to have a voice in the world of music these days."
- Kevin Eubanks
(Related: Music, Musicians, Voice, World)

"Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians."
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Music, Musicians, Nothing)

"When I do the music, I make the musicians listen to what's happening in the film. That way they treat the dialogue as if it was a singer."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Music, Film, Musicians)

"As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb, it's important that we use that voice wisely."
- Roberta Flack
(Related: People, Musicians, Voice)

"At the same time, I was listening to black music, and I began to think that the best musicians were receiving the worst treatment. The people who were doing the greatest work were despised as lower class, with no dignity accorded to what they did."
- Henry Flynt
(Related: Work, Music, Time, People, Class, Dignity, Listening, Musicians, Treatment)

"It seems like bluegrass people have more great stories to tell than other musicians."
- Dan Fogelberg
(Related: People, Musicians)

"On Eye of the Zombie, I had so-called studio musicians."
- John Fogerty
(Related: Eye, Musicians)

"You should play with real musicians; the best music comes from real people interacting with each other."
- John Fogerty
(Related: Music, People, Musicians, Play)

"Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other."
- John Fogerty
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"Don't get me wrong, I've seen some very excellent women musicians."
- Lita Ford
(Related: Women, Musicians, Wrong)

"I still don't understand the music industry that much. Everything I learned was from hanging out with rock musicians in studios. I certainly have respect for those who make music their livelihood."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Music, Musicians, Respect)

"I think musicians and artists are the most philanthropic people I know. Their charity record of the music business would hold up to the work of anybody."
- Glenn Frey
(Related: Business, Music, Work, People, Artists, Charity, Musicians)

"Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won't get a lot done in the mornings, but we'll work late and be honest."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Work, Musicians, Politicians, State)

"And I think musicians can better run this state than politicians. And, hell, beauticians can better run the state than politicians."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Hell, Musicians, Politicians, State)

"You could say that everything the musicians have learned and known over the years, all of their technical resources, are in a dialogue with the things they are discovering every time, as if it was the first time."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Time, First, Musicians, Years)

"Many musicians will say they don't care about the money yet they must commit themselves to appear at given times and places, and to produce what sells, whether they believe in it or not. It depends on contracts."
- Lynette Fromme
(Related: Money, Care, Musicians, Will)

"What people really should be able to be confident in is that the standards of music- making that classically trained musicians present is elite, it is the best and all of us as artists should be committed to that."
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Music, People, Artists, Musicians, Present)

"A lot of my friends are struggling musicians. Being a struggling actor, it's just frustrating because you're not allowed to do what you want to do."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Actor, Being, Friends, Musicians, Want)

"You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you."
- Stan Getz
(Related: Musicians, Play)

"The public is usually slow to catch on to new things, and it's important that musicians stick to their guns and not look for that instant gratification."
- Greg Ginn
(Related: Musicians, Public)

"Too many young musicians today want to win polls before they learn their instruments."
- Benny Goodman
(Related: Musicians, Today, Want)

"What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians."
- Maxim Gorky
(Related: Abuse, Exploitation, Musicians, Prejudice)

"Like Russell, I enjoy the fact that when I'm playing solo, if I want to do something completely spontaneous, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to cue the other musicians, or if it's something that's rehearsed."
- Benny Green
(Related: Fact, Musicians, Want, Worry)

"Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians."
- Colin Greenwood
(Related: Jazz, Musicians, Tools)

"I want them to come away with discovering the music inside them. And not thinking about themselves as jazz musicians, but thinking about themselves as good human beings, striving to be a great person and maybe they'll become a great musician."
- Charlie Haden
(Related: Music, Jazz, Musicians, Thinking, Want)

"As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something that's never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish."
- Charlie Haden
(Related: Art, Jazz, Musicians, Passion, Spontaneity, Will)

"When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band."
- Sammy Hagar
(Related: Disappointment, Musicians)

"I meet many people, I talk with them, like a TV show host. I show what's going on with Greenpeace, interesing political things, I have artists, musicians and bands."
- Nina Hagen
(Related: People, Artists, Musicians, Talk)

"A lot of musicians aren't proud; they'll do other work, just to be able to play music. I guess that's the way it's always going to be - musicians will have to suffer to a certain degree in order to obtain their outlet."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Music, Work, Musicians, Order, Play, Will)

"Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general."
- Lionel Hampton
(Related: Musicians)

"We were playing, not for the drunks, but for the musicians, because it was more intellectually challenging. We needed somewhere to put our energy to show that we were growing, and as we started to achieve this, people came to hear us musically."
- Ronnie Hawkins
(Related: People, Energy, Musicians)

"Not only did I get to play with these great international musicians, but I also had the opportunity to jam with the local celebrities in Toronto, people like the Walsh Brothers, David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell and the like. It was a great learning experience."
- Jeff Healey
(Related: Experience, People, Opportunity, Brothers, Learning, Musicians, Play)

"A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that I should get in the musicians' union. He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job, son."
- Levon Helm
(Related: Son, Friend, Job, Musicians)

"It might be argued that genuine spontaneity is not really possible or desirable so long as printed scores of great works exist. All modern musicians are, for better or worse, prisoners of Gutenberg."
- Donal Henahan
(Related: Musicians, Spontaneity)

"Visible Faith is an expression of my Christian faith which must be visible to be real! I gave the name to the collection of musicians who worked with me on the record."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Faith, Christian, Expression, Musicians, Name)

"THE GODS was my first professional band and I learned a lot during that time. It was very cool playing with so many great musicians as it helped me to learn."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Time, Gods, First, Musicians)

"I lived in an area where there were a lot of rock musicians, and we got together regularly in our studios."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Musicians)

"The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do."
- Billy Higgins
(Related: History, People, Jazz, Musicians, states, United)

"Groups are corporations now. They have pension plans. Musicians have saw the daylight."
- John Lee Hooker
(Related: Corporations, Musicians, Now)

"Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure, but until I make contact with them, musically or personally, I never assume that anything wonderful will happen."
- Hugh Hopper
(Related: Music, Musicians, Pleasure, Will)

"When we started making electronic music I imagined that the reaction we got from the rock musicians must have been similar to the one the beat groups got from people like my dad."
- Trevor Horn
(Related: Dad, Music, People, Musicians)

"I talked to ex-wives of musicians of the '70s for research. They're the funniest people in the world, yet there is this sad, beautiful thing in their eyes that says they've seen more than they could ever possibly tell you."
- Kate Hudson
(Related: People, Eyes, Musicians, Research, World)

"The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me."
- Alberta Hunter
(Related: Music, Musicians, Play, Want)

"We all feel love, and that might sound kind of corny, but I really feel that's what joins musicians together around the world."
- Enrique Iglesias
(Related: Love, Musicians, Sound, World)

"Musicians always come off sounding a little bit pretentious, and a little bit... I don't know, hypocritical, from what they do, talking about strong issues."
- James Iha
(Related: Musicians, Talking)

"No, I've heard over the years that it's nice for them to see somebody who's like, you know, a well-known successful musician who's Asian. I've heard it from a few musicians, too."
- James Iha
(Related: Successful, Musicians, Years)

"I think most musicians do like to have a laugh."
- Neil Innes
(Related: Musicians)

"In January of 1995, my family and I moved to Seattle. Pearl Jam did the first of their live radio broadcasts, Monkey Wrench Radio, along with many other Seattle musicians."
- Jack Irons
(Related: Family, First, Musicians)

"I talk to people who are musicians, and they go, Oh this is hell. And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof, did ya?"
- Chris Isaak
(Related: People, Hell, Musicians, Talk)

"Well, remember that we were all members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians."
- Joseph Jarman
(Related: Musicians)

"That's Tommy, this great producer who comes in contact with people and must have a mental library of personnel who are great for this and great for that, and he brought this whole group of musicians to the project that I'd never worked with before."
- Al Jarreau
(Related: People, Musicians, Project)

"Musicians are always gigging and never have a chance to stop for a minute."
- Keith Jarrett
(Related: Chance, Musicians)

"Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Musicians, Quiet, Voice, Want)

"Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate. At least the IRS thinks so."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Being, Musicians, Now)

"Like family, we are tied to each other. This is what all good musicians understand."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Family, Musicians)

"Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes? The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time to is the creation and performance of music itself."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Music, Time, Performance, Cause, Causes, Creation, Musicians)

"Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Life, Perception, Artist, Musicians, Poets, Popular, Writers)

"Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm - walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Experience, March, Musicians, Safety, Walking)

"The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Time, Son, Actors, Artists, Being, Fortune, Musicians)

"I wanted to make the kind of records that I heard in the discos that I danced in at that time. Funky, electronic sounds, while the musicians in the band were more rock oriented. This I suppose created the sound we know as Frankie Goes To Hollywood."
- Holly Johnson
(Related: Time, Hollywood, Musicians, Sound)

"We have such a high drop-out rate from musicians, said the head of the college. He was right - I dropped out before I even dropped in. Months later they were still asking what had happened to me, not realising that I was on a UK tour."
- Holly Johnson
(Related: College, Months, Musicians, Right)

"In Berlin I especially enjoyed the orchestral concerts, and I attended a large number of them. I formed the acquaintance of a good many musicians, several of whom spoke of my playing in high terms."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: Acquaintance, Musicians)

"'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end."
- Ben Jonson
(Related: Disease, End, Musicians)

"I mean, I could just go round and use session musicians for every song, but I don't find that helps when it comes to setting up a band for live. Derrick has been with me for donkey's years."
- Jay Kay
(Related: Musicians, Song, Years)

"We spent a month in LA using a pool of musicians, a string arranger called Benjamin Wright, some great backing singers, and it gave tracks like Dynamite, which was written there, that kind of flavour."
- Jay Kay
(Related: Musicians)

"I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians and pop musicians wanted to be actors."
- Gary Kemp
(Related: Thought, Actors, Musicians)

"Every musical movement that is big enough has to produce some good musicians who wouldn't have had the incentive to start playing without it."
- Alexis Korner
(Related: Musicians)

"In The Doors we have both musicians and poets, and both know of each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis."
- Robby Krieger
(Related: Art, Effect, Musicians, Poets)

"When I heard Monk in person in 1955, he was playing with a quartet in a small club. The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all."
- Steve Lacy
(Related: Musicians, Public)

"I've always considered music stores to be the graveyards of musicians."
- Gary Larson
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"It was by listening to Goodman's band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up."
- Alvin Lee
(Related: Christian, First, Listening, Musicians, Play)

"But, I would be naive not to recognize the number of musicians who tell me they have been influenced by me and sight me - as well as Alex and Neil - as a musician who has been a positive influence on their playing."
- Geddy Lee
(Related: Positive, Influence, Musicians, Sight)

"Like most musicians, I'm good at becoming immersed in the music that I am currently working on. We seldom lift up our heads to contemplate even the music we will be doing in the future, let alone what we've done in the past."
- Tony Levin
(Related: Music, Future, Musicians, Past, Will)

"I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Influence, Musicians)

"I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together."
- Gyorgy Ligeti
(Related: Musicians)

"One of the things that's influenced me musically was my experience at Brown University. I was surrounded by musicians that I really admired, and felt challenged to come up with music, lyrics, and recordings that stood up to the expectations of those musicians and myself."
- Lisa Loeb
(Related: Experience, Music, Expectations, Musicians, University)

"The shows are so different from each other, depending on whether I play with my band, Nine Stories, other musicians, an orchestra, only one or two members of my band."
- Lisa Loeb
(Related: Musicians, Play)

"It's a radical time for musicians, a really revolutionary time, and I believe revolutions like Napster are a lot more fun than cash, which by the way we don't have at major labels anyway, so we might as well get with it and get in the game."
- Courtney Love
(Related: Time, Fun, Musicians, Radical)

"The world is full of musicians who can play great, and you wouldn't cross the road to see them. It's people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones."
- Nick Lowe
(Related: People, Attitude, Musicians, Play, Road, World)

"But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music."
- Yo-Yo Ma
(Related: Music, Idea, Innovation, Musicians, Tradition, Traditions)

"Well there is a lot of work here for younger and older musicians now. Our Ministry of Culture has now really embarked on changing things for artists, and it is getting much better. We just have to organize ourselves as artists, and then things will be better."
- Miriam Makeba
(Related: Work, Artists, Culture, Musicians, Now, Will)

"I guess the majority of people who want to ban certain musicians are the ones who are so proud of everything America stands for."
- Stephen Malkmus
(Related: People, America, Majority, Musicians, Want)

"To pay 60 musicians for rehearsal and performance is quite something, and I decided I wouldn't be able to handle that kind of situation financially again, unless somebody else was taking care of that end of it."
- Chuck Mangione
(Related: Performance, Care, End, Musicians)

"Not with the Rochester Philharmonic, but I formed my own orchestra, made up of musicians from the Eastman School, where I'm on the faculty now, direct the Jazz Ensemble and teach improvisation classes."
- Chuck Mangione
(Related: Jazz, Musicians, Now, School)

"What I try to do is produce an atmosphere where musicians want to invest in what they do and give to the recording. I hire those musicians who I know will play something creative and interesting."
- Herbie Mann
(Related: Musicians, Play, Want, Will)

"These people are artists. These people are musicians. They're taking it out and trying to express it that way."
- Marilyn Manson
(Related: People, Artists, Musicians, Trying)

"The Doors were never that good as musicians."
- Ray Manzarek
(Related: Musicians)

"If we perform the romantic repertoire we need more musicians."
- Neville Marriner
(Related: Musicians, Romantic)

"If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation that's based on the tradition of those standards, but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: People, Musicians, Tradition, Trying)

"If you listen to a lot of the songs that are popular now, there's very little melody in there. People love the beat. But to musicians, it's melody, because we understand how elusive it is and how hard it is to hold."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: Love, People, Musicians, Now, Popular, Songs)

"A lot of musicians have a tough time hearing what we're doing in a trio format."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: Time, Hearing, Musicians)

"The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: People, Successful, Jazz, Listening, Musicians, Now, Right)

"One of the things that's clear to me from interviews that I've read is that the more popular successful jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: Music, Successful, Audiences, Community, Jazz, Musicians, Popular)

"One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: Instinct, Listening, Musicians)

"My older brother and myself always played together in bands, but we never knew we would be professional musicians."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Brother, Musicians)

"The musicians I respected were much older than me. I expected them to cut my head, and they did."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Musicians)

"You know as I started as a shy young conductor, I always wanted to cooperate. To build up the musicians. To help them to be better than without a conductor. And sometimes young talented musicians have to be encouraged."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Help, Musicians)

"Even my family laughed at me because they thought this young guy who's always stuttering in front of other people should be in front of 100 musicians and talk to them and leading them."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Family, Thought, People, Leading, Musicians, Talk)

"When you keep the caliber of musicians very high in the band, people are going to come and go. Some of them will be people who have to try various things, it's natural."
- Kathy Mattea
(Related: People, Musicians, Will)

"People want to see musicians sing things that come from their own mind and own heart in real time, responding to the moment for them."
- John Mayer
(Related: Time, People, Heart, Mind, Musicians, Want)

"There's Eddie's conviction and his lyrics and his ideals, and he can just rock straight out. His vocals are incredible. And we all are really competent musicians."
- Mike McCready
(Related: Conviction, Ideals, Musicians)

"There's a lot of good musicians who are unheard of. Get it down before they pass away."
- Brownie McGhee
(Related: Musicians)

"At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic, love is the key element. I really love to play with different musicians who come from different cultural backgrounds."
- John McLaughlin
(Related: Love, Key, Musicians, Play, Risk, Romantic)

"I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young."
- Pat Metheny
(Related: Work, Musicians)

"I thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians, but the hell of it, no one else did."
- Glenn Miller
(Related: Thought, Ideas, Hell, Musicians)

"It's great to have all this stuff at home. But when you want to make it for real, there's still nothing like making music with a bunch of other great musicians in the same room. That's one thing that'll never change."
- Ronnie Milsap
(Related: Change, Music, Home, Musicians, Nothing, Want)

"All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians."
- Thelonious Monk
(Related: Mathematicians, Musicians)

"I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago."
- Robert Moog
(Related: Computers, Time, Invention, Musicians)

"I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer."
- Robert Moog
(Related: Music, First, Musicians, Order)

"I'm an engineer. I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers... They use my tools."
- Robert Moog
(Related: Musicians, Tools)

"My training as an engineer has enabled me to design the stuff, but the reason I do it is not to make music but for the opportunity to work with musicians."
- Robert Moog
(Related: Design, Music, Work, Opportunity, Musicians, Reason, Training)

"It's my fault in many cases because I don't initiate the contact to talk with a lot of other musicians."
- Frank Morgan
(Related: Fault, Musicians, Talk)

"At the art college in Edinburgh someone arranged for some London groups to come up and play. I was in a supporting band, with Bernie Green I think. Derek Bailey was one of the visiting musicians. He seemed to like my playing and asked me to come down to London."
- Jamie Muir
(Related: Art, College, London, Musicians, Play)

"The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden. Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist if by some miracle every key of his instrument should suddenly become a living thing."
- Charles Munch
(Related: Burden, Conscience, Key, Light, Living, Musicians)

"We're all players and musicians and we sure all get along good. We just clicked right off the bat. We started playing and then we almost immediately started recording."
- Krist Novoselic
(Related: Musicians, Right)

"Our idea is simply to play the songs and to emphasize our musicianship."
- Krist Novoselic
(Related: Idea, Play, Songs)

"We're not spokespeople, we're musicians."
- Ed O'Brien
(Related: Musicians)

"You can have all sorts of relationships, but there's something with musicians working together where you can have relationship that can just continue to grow in a beautiful way."
- Beth Orton
(Related: Musicians, Relationships)

"I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues."
- Jimmy Page
(Related: Musicians)

"Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days."
- Evan Parker
(Related: Education, People, English, Force, Jazz, Musicians, Pretty, Training)

"We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the same top ten tunes every night of a tour."
- Oscar Peterson
(Related: Musicians, Night)

"But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are imprisoned behind these bars; music's got these bars and measures you know."
- Sun Ra
(Related: Music, American, Musicians, Want)

"I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time."
- Bonnie Raitt
(Related: Time, Age, Fans, Musicians, Old, Will)

"I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life."
- Kenneth Rexroth
(Related: Life, Jazz, Musicians)

"I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene."
- Marc Ribot
(Related: Music, Time, Germany, Identity, Musicians, Years)

"Musicians don't respect a lot of the stuff that is on TRL and a lot of musicians think that stuff on the radio is not good musically so when musicians say that they like us it obviously feels good."
- Adam Rich
(Related: Musicians, Respect)

"The thrill of hearing your own voice recorded is still there, I still love it, going into the studio and thinking how can I sing this song and between the producers and the musicians you find a way of doing it."
- Cliff Richard
(Related: Love, Hearing, Musicians, Song, Thinking, Voice)

"Out of doing all that experimentation with sound I decided I wanted to do it with live musicians. To take repetition, take music fragments and make it live. Musicians would be able to play it and create this kind of abstract fabric of sound."
- Terry Riley
(Related: Music, Musicians, Play, Repetition, Sound)

"The great musicians are those who can reach people, who can make people feel something."
- Sam Rivers
(Related: People, Musicians)

"Well I'm a third-generation musician. My Grandfather's a musician and my father and mother were both musicians and so I'm a musician. It was just natural that I should be a musician 'cause I was born into the family."
- Sam Rivers
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Musicians)

"What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Europe, Fact, Jazz, May, Musicians, Saying, Years)

"There have been many great musicians that, Clifford Brown is one great example, I mean he died very early, 25."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Example, Musicians)

"You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Time, Being, Jazz, Musicians, Play, states, United)

"Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Time, Artists, Jazz, Musicians)

"I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize I guess because you never can tell what musicians would be playing had they been around as long as I have."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Musicians)

"I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Music, Dignity, Fact, Jazz, Musicians)

"I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Death, Work, Being, Drinking, Jazz, Musicians)

"There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians."
- Dave Van Ronk
(Related: Help, Jazz, Musicians, Obligation)

"The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it's probably a good thing. We don't need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Careers, Musicians, professionals, World)

"I'd seen musicians act, and it scares me. And they make more money than me."
- Tim Roth
(Related: Money, Act, Musicians)

"My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I'm very interested in the music scene and I suppose that's why I've ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends."
- Winona Ryder
(Related: Dad, Music, Life, Friends, Growing up, Musicians, Punk)

"If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about."
- Carlos Santana
(Related: History, Challenge, Musicians)

"It's the duty of all novelists, all painters, all musicians, all people who try to make art move: to look for something they feel authentically, without paying attention to styles."
- Nathalie Sarraute
(Related: Art, People, Attention, Duty, Musicians)

"This is a cause that musicians can take to heart because one of our main reasons for being is to share our music with other people, and this takes us to people who probably wouldn't otherwise get to hear music on quite this level."
- Boz Scaggs
(Related: Music, People, Heart, Being, Cause, Musicians)

"From the time I moved to San Francisco in 1967 to play with the Steve Miller Band, there was a lot of support in the music community for one cause or another, but this one was special because it was put on by people who understood where musicians' hearts are."
- Boz Scaggs
(Related: Music, Time, People, Cause, Community, Musicians, Play, Support)

"First, it doesn't surprise me that traditional music has experienced a kind of exhaustion in the 20th century - not forgetting that many musicians started to look outside the traditional structures of tonality."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Music, Exhaustion, First, Musicians)

"So now, thirty years, forty years later, I mean, I could find a whole orchestra of a thousand to put these things together in New York City alone. In those days, if I could scrape up twenty musicians to do this it was something extraordinary."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Musicians, Now, Years)

"The record company started as an adjunct to that, to give young composers their first recorded performances; to give young musicians their first debut on a recording. These are all things that big record companies would never touch because there is no money in it!"
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Money, Company, Composers, First, Musicians)

"After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold, there were all kinds of young musicians, talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: War, Revolution, Jazz, Musicians)

"I think we musicians are emissaries. Every time we go before the public, we're there to make converts."
- Hazel Scott
(Related: Time, Musicians, Public)

"I don't like to travel as much as I have in the past, but it's good for my soul to get to pick, especially with these good musicians and these guys that play so well."
- Earl Scruggs
(Related: Travel, Soul, Musicians, Past, Play)

"In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful, what we were doing was not copying."
- John Sebastian
(Related: Musicians, Words)

"I think that my past stands me in good stead in that it does have a certain strength for musicians."
- John Sebastian
(Related: Strength, Musicians, Past)

"When it comes to musicians, I'm like the daddy of musicians here in Cuba."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Musicians)

"Personally, I think young musicians need to learn to play more than one style. Jazz can only enhance the classical side, and classical can only enhance the jazz. I started out playing classical, because you have to have that as a foundation."
- Doc Severinsen
(Related: Jazz, Musicians, Play, Style)

"I didn't follow the standard rules of bass playing, and many musicians on many different instruments who became noteworthy for their unique or particular style did a very similar thing."
- Billy Sheehan
(Related: Musicians, Rules, Style)

"I think the future looks great for music, musicians, bass players, and all we love about music."
- Billy Sheehan
(Related: Love, Music, Future, Musicians)

"I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around me to help take music to next level. Being surrounded by so much creative energy, so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Music, People, Creativity, Being, Energy, Help, Musicians)

"They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement. I don't like the way women in music have been identified as women first and musicians second."
- Michelle Shocked
(Related: Music, Women, First, Musicians)

"You know, musicians aren't very stable, in case you hadn't noticed."
- Josh Silver
(Related: Musicians)

"When we came into the studio I became more and more me, making the tracks and choosing the musicians, partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge, Artie wasn't there."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Time, Musicians)

"We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs. We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea's garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians."
- Chad Smith
(Related: Jazz, Musicians, Pretty, Songs, Writing)

"I had sort of exhausted all the avenues playing in Detroit. So again, through the stewardship of my brother, I ended up in California and went to the Musicians Institute in L.A. I wanted to get better as a player."
- Chad Smith
(Related: Brother, Musicians)

"The thing with me. I can't stick musicians. I've thought about this. I can't stand them, and being stuck in a studio with them I think that's my strength I can hear what they can't."
- Mark E. Smith
(Related: Thought, Strength, Being, Musicians)

"Just look at the Old Testament. They didn't go out with the army first. They sent the musicians out."
- Michael W. Smith
(Related: Army, First, Musicians, Old)

"I've heard from writers and musicians and fans that they think I'm underrated."
- Rick Springfield
(Related: Fans, Musicians, Writers)

"There are more bad musicians than there is bad music."
- Isaac Stern
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"Since I started composing I have always worked with series of tempos, even superimposed the music of different groups of musicians, of singers, instrumentalists who play and sing in different tempos simultaneously and then meet every now and then in the same tempo."
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
(Related: Music, Musicians, Now, Play)

"And I'm always interested when other musicians are trying to discover new worlds of sound."
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
(Related: Musicians, Sound, Trying)

"Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something, the first encounter, not only with the public, with other musicians, with specialists, etc, was that they rejected it."
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
(Related: First, Musicians, Public)

"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
(Related: Music, Musicians, Silence)

"People are afraid to ask musicians to be involved in projects because they anticipate being turned down. Young artists hesitate before contacting me. People in my position don't get approached often enough."
- David Sylvian
(Related: People, Artists, Being, Musicians, Projects)

"The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field."
- Toru Takemitsu
(Related: Art, History, Music, Musicians)

"I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others."
- James Taylor
(Related: Love, Duty, Musicians, Pain, Responsibility)

"I don't take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent."
- James Taylor
(Related: Compliments, Musicians, Self)

"The Blues scene now is international. In the '50s it was purely something that you would hear in black clubs, played by black musicians, especially in America. But from the '60s onwards it changed."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: America, Musicians, Now)

"All of these people kept on being professional musicians and composers in the strictest sense."
- James Tenney
(Related: People, Being, Composers, Musicians, Sense)

"Today jazz is still very much alive. Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians."
- Toots Thielemans
(Related: Jazz, Musicians, Today)

"And what classical music does best and must always do more, is to show this kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage. And I think that's something that we as classical musicians have underestimated."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: Music, Moods, Musicians)

"Musicians own music because music owns them."
- Virgil Thomson
(Related: Music, Musicians)

"I feel really different from other musicians."
- Mary Timony
(Related: Musicians)

"There are a lot better musicians than me out there that just haven't had the luck to fall into everything like I have."
- Glenn Tipton
(Related: Luck, Musicians)

"It was about working with other musicians, but more than that it's about exploring musical areas that you could never do with the band you're in, in my case Judas Priest. You could tackle musical areas and lyrical areas that wouldn't be appropriate for Priest."
- Glenn Tipton
(Related: Musicians)

"But between sets I'd sneak over to the black places to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where I was making my living at white clubs and having my fun at the other places."
- Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Related: Fun, Living, Musicians)

"I loved the atmosphere of the dance studios - the wooden floors, the big mirrors, everyone dressed in pink or black tights, the musicians accompanying us - and the feeling of ritual the classes had."
- Suzanne Vega
(Related: Dance, Feeling, Musicians, Ritual)

"Session musicians kind of respected me because what I was talking about made sense. That all came from an education. Believe me, education does you more good. Maybe that's the reason I've been around so long."
- Bobby Vinton
(Related: Education, Musicians, Reason, Sense, Talking)

"There was the best teachers from the Czech Philharmonic, highly dedicated people, some of the best musicians in the world passing on the knowledge about the country, about the principles, and about the music."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Music, People, Knowledge, Country, Musicians, Principles, Teachers, World)

"There is no roles. No one is keeping any roles. The drummer is also answering everybody and everything. So it is a constant conversation and communication between musicians on an extremely high level with extremely valuable material, motifs, and melodies."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Communication, Conversation, Musicians)

"They taught us because they wanted to pass the knowledge on and educate young musicians. It was not because they had to teach because they failed as musicians. There is a huge difference in the reasons why someone is teaching and what they can offer and what they cannot offer."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Knowledge, Difference, Musicians, Teaching)

"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art."
- Izaak Walton
(Related: Art, Nature, Musicians, Shame)

"Whenever I release a record, it's my record. It's not a selfish thought. I may work all year 'round for other people. So, finally, when I come out with my own album, it should be me with the creative help of other musicians."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: Work, Thought, People, Help, May, Musicians)

"Orchestras are not used to playing the kind of stuff jazz musicians like to play. It requires a lot of rehearsal and recording time, so it's much easier to do on a synth or sampler. So, we came up with that idea."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: Time, Idea, Jazz, Musicians, Orchestras, Play)

"In 1972, I got my first electric bass and started playing the kind of instrument I play now. I found that the majority of musicians couldn't bear that. They are not used to listening to the bass because they think the bass is in the background to support them."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: First, Listening, Majority, Musicians, Now, Play, Support)

"I was afraid the other musicians might want to present themselves too much, though I see in the coverage I've received of the album that the musicians got wonderful reviews for their contributions and abilities. I think the four musicians played freely within my limits."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: Limits, Musicians, Present, Want)

"I realized pretty soon that I have to do more than just play bass in the background way. So, I developed a kind of playing which only a handful of musicians accepted."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: Musicians, Play, Pretty)

"We're not getting paid. We have these great musicians with us and it gives us a real charge. And the audience gives us a charge, because they keep it interesting all the time."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Time, Musicians)

"Both of my parents were musicians."
- Bryan White
(Related: Musicians, Parents)

"The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way it is written the first time and then start to look for other notes that aren't in the melody."
- Margaret Whiting
(Related: Time, First, Musicians)

"Once I took a bus from my home in Maryland to Philadelphia to live on the streets with some musicians for a few weeks, and then my parents sent me to boarding school at Andover to shape me up."
- Olivia Wilde
(Related: Home, Musicians, Parents, School)

"I think that musicians should never forget about the intimacy of bringing two people together, and the aesthetic transference where you're almost vicariously involved in a romance between other people."
- Joe Williams
(Related: Romance, People, Forget, Intimacy, Musicians)

"Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn't consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done - unable to play except from paper."
- Mary Lou Williams
(Related: Love, Music, End, Musicians, Play)

"One way and another I was having a ball - playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family."
- Mary Lou Williams
(Related: Family, Home, Crisis, Listening, Musicians, Support)

"Everything I do is collaborative. It's just my way. I'm really very interested in how the other musicians perceive the song."
- Cassandra Wilson
(Related: Musicians, Song)

"Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does."
- Tony Wilson
(Related: Jazz, Listening, Musicians)

"I play music a lot but on my own mostly, so it was nice to be around other people. There was a certain sense a relief in the physical act of just playing and being with other musicians."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Music, People, Act, Being, Musicians, Play, Sense)

"I only choose musicians who I think will emerge, can emerge, with their own character, while still going along with the tune in question."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Character, Musicians, Question, Will)

"It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Happiness, Work, Life, Musicians)

"In theory, I'd like to work in a group. But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians in them are long since dead."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Work, Musicians, Theory)

"There's no difference in a lot of people's minds between good musicians and popular musicians."
- Dweezil Zappa
(Related: People, Difference, Musicians, Popular)

"The music that is played on the radio all the time or written about in magazines has nothing to do with musicianship."
- Dweezil Zappa
(Related: Music, Time, Nothing)

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."
- Frank Zappa
(Related: Musicians, Will)

"For about seven years. I really like it there. There are a lot of great musicians. The scene is very open. A lot of stuff going on. People's ears are really open, they are not closed. A lot of scenes here, people just get tunnel vision and are into one thing."
- John Zorn
(Related: People, Vision, Musicians, Open, Years)

"Great musicians accept everything that they hear and find something good. They take what they like and they throw away what they don't like."
- John Zorn
(Related: Musicians)

"I don't control it at all. It's all up to the musicians in the group. They control it. They make all the cues, and they tell me what they want, and then I act like a mirroring device so that everyone can see what the cues are."
- John Zorn
(Related: Control, Act, Musicians, Want)

"Well, in Japan, I have got a group of musicians that I have worked with a lot, that concentrate just on the hardcore stuff, say, that Naked City has been working on. We have like a repertoire of sixty songs now."
- John Zorn
(Related: Musicians, Now, Songs)