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music quotes
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:47:09 PM »
I collect quotes, and I have hundreds of them.  I know there are web sites devoted to quotations,
but I steer clear of them like a diabetic with a sweet tooth stays away from candy stores.  But
whenever I encounter an interesting quote in something I read or watch, I add it to my file.  This
board's limit on signatures means some of my quotes won't fit.  So this thread is for quotes -- long
or short -- from and about music, musicians, the recording industry, etc.
"Your favorite songs, played beautifully"

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 05:50:07 PM »
Here's the full quote, with attribution, of my current signature:

"The fusion of Dylan's poetic vitriol and the Hawks' [later known as The Band] aggressive blues
created a new rock and roll experience.  Never had so something so scathing and complex been
presented to an audience weaned on the sincerity of folk and the simplicity of pop.  In 1974 Bob
Dylan and The Band would tour to standing ovations, but in 1966, many of Dylan's folk fans were
outraged." -- Rock & Roll, ep.3: "Shakespeares in the Alley"


Rock & Roll was a ten-hour program that aired on PBS in the mid-90s.  The companion book is
Robert Palmer's "Rock and Roll:  An Unruly History."  As near as I can determine, the series has
not been released on DVD, probably because of the prohibitive cost of music rights.  Although
it's a little weak on the 1950s origins and peters out in the 1980s (there is a segment on hip-hop
and rap but New Wave isn't mentioned), the coverage of the 1960s and 1970s is excellent.  In
particular, it makes very clear how the influence of British and American musicians ping-ponged
back and forth, like photons bouncing between the two mirrors in a laser.  Brits were mining our
blues and R&B, then the "British invasion" fueled American bands; the Beach Boys were inspired
by the Beatles and in turn, the Beatles borrowed from the Beach Boys, etc.
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Re: music quotes
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 05:51:26 PM »
"The music or the misery?  People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent
videos -- that some sort of culture of violence will take them over.  Nobody worries about
kids listening to thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss.
Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or was I miserable because I listened
to pop music?" -- Rob Gordon (John Cusack), "High Fidelity"


A few months into Annalisa's tenure as host of 10@10, I had a brief e-mail exchange with her.
In one of my messages I included this quote in my signature.  She subsequently included the
clip in a couple of 10@10 sets.
"Your favorite songs, played beautifully"

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 09:21:30 PM »
Great idea. I'll deposit some here when one (or many) comes (come) to mind.

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 10:22:20 PM »
"It seems to me that 'The Day the Music Died' would be more appropriately used for occasions such
as the release of Britney Spears' cover version of 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll.'  The music may not have died
that day, but I'm pretty sure it was coughing up blood."
-- Mark Steese in alt.fan.cecil-adams


I am neither a fan nor a detractor of Ms. Spears, but I was amused by this quote, which could be
applied more broadly.
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Re: music quotes
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 10:45:41 PM »
Quote from: Bob Weir
Just because you're willing to sell out doesn't mean anyone's going to buy it!
or words to that effect.
Don't stand in the way of LOVE!

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 11:35:32 AM »
"Let's be honest:  most of pop music is about sex.  Britney Spears and Madonna can lead you
to the bedroom door, but they don't tell you what to do about human intimacy.  Then you need
Miles Davis and Duke Ellington."
-- filmmaker Ken Burns, who says jazz is one of America's most important contributions to the world
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Re: music quotes
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 11:42:56 AM »
The Cinema Show - Genesis

Home from work our Juliet
Clears her morning meal.
She dabs her skin with pretty smells
Concealing to appeal.
I will make my bed,
She said, but turned to go.
Can she be late for her cinema show?

Romeo locks his basement flat,
And scurries up the stair.
With head held high and floral tie,
A weekend millionaire.
I will make my bed
With her tonight, he cries.
Can he fail armed with his chocolate surprise?

Take a little trip back with father Tiresias,
Listen to the old one speak of all he has lived through.
I have crossed between the poles, for me there's no mystery.
Once a man, like the sea I raged,
Once a woman, like the earth I gave.
But there is in fact more earth than sea.
"Your favorite songs, played beautifully"

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 11:04:13 PM »
Wasn't Born To Follow (King & Goffin) -- The Byrds

Oh I'd rather go and journey
 where the diamond crescent's glowing
And run across the valley
 beneath the sacred mountain
And wander through the forest
 where the trees have leaves of prisms
And break the light in colors
 that no-one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait
 beside a legendary fountain
Till I see your form reflected
 in it's clear and jewelled waters
And if you think I'm ready
 you may lead me to the chasm
Where the rivers of our vision
 flow into one another

I will want to dive beneath
 the white cascading waters
She may beg, she may plead
 she may argue with her logic
And mention all the things I'll lose
 that really have no value
In the end she will surely know
 I wasn't born to follow
"Your favorite songs, played beautifully"

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2014, 10:53:08 AM »
Wasn't Born To Follow (King & Goffin) -- The Byrds

Oh I'd rather go and journey
 where the diamond crescent's glowing
And run across the valley
 beneath the sacred mountain
And wander through the forest
 where the trees have leaves of prisms
And break the light in colors
 that no-one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait
 beside a legendary fountain
Till I see your form reflected
 in it's clear and jewelled waters
And if you think I'm ready
 you may lead me to the chasm
Where the rivers of our vision
 flow into one another

I will want to dive beneath
 the white cascading waters
She may beg, she may plead
 she may argue with her logic
And mention all the things I'll lose
 that really have no value
In the end she will surely know
 I wasn't born to follow
I always hear the phasing in my mind when I think of this song.
Don't stand in the way of LOVE!

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Re: music quotes
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2015, 10:38:30 PM »
"The amount of talent you have is inversely proportional to the number of trucks it takes to put
your show on the road."
-- Abe Jacob, Hendrix tour sound, "Jimi Hendrix:  Electric Church"
"Your favorite songs, played beautifully"