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Where there is listening there is love.
                        -Walter A. Mathieu

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart.
                        -Helen Keller

Everything depends upon execution; having just a vision is no solution.
                        -Stephen Sondheim, Award-winning American composer & lyricist

There is a music that will melt blood and bone, and wash away the rock of the mind.
                        - Robin Williamson

Music has Unspeakable Power
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. Music is the mystical resonance that makes people cry, laugh and feel their hair stand up. For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech. Music expresses that... which cannot be said when it is impossible to be silent.
                        -John de Boer

Love your instrument, but do not be vain, deeming it to be the best and only one.  Remember that there are others which are just as beautiful.  And remember that there are singers, that the sublime in music expresses itself in the choir and the orchestra . . . .  Sing assiduously in the choir, particularly inner voices.  This will make a musician of you.
                        -Robert Schumann
                       (Musikalische Haus- and Lebensregeln.  Leipzig.  Schuberth, 1850)

The flute calms the spirit and penetrates the ear with such sweet sound that it brings peace and an abeyance of motion unto the soul.  And s hould some sorrow dwell in the mind, a care that wine cannot make us forget and banish, it lulls us to sleep and is a balm on account of its sweet and gracious sound, provided that it adheres to modest music and does not excite and inflame the soul with too many notes and passages, which would weaken it and could easily come to grief on account of the wine.
    (Les oeuvres morales & meslees de Plutarque, translatees du grec en francois par
                Messire Jacques Amyot, Michel de Vascosan, Paris, 1572, 419-20)

What does one need above all else in order to be a singer?  A beautiful voice.  And in order to be a flautist?  A beautiful tone.  When an artist does not possess this gift he throws himself into a torrent of difficulties in order to win acclaim.  To play what is difficult with ease is doubtless a merit, but by no means the final goal.  In all arts and above all in playing the flute it is better to be told "How charming!" than "How astonishing!"
                      (Methode de Flute Progressive et Raisonnee.  Op. 100, n.d., p.1)

One listens with greater pleasure to a song accompanied by the flute than to one accompanied by the lyre, for the sound of the human voice and that of the flute blend well on account of their affinity and similarity, since both are imbued with breath, whereas the sound of the lyre is produced quite differently; thus it does not accord so well with the voice, troubles our senses, and moves them less.
                                                 (Problemata xix, 43)

From these principles we may also infer what instruments should be used.  The flute . . . ought not to be admitted . . . but only such as will make "intelligent students of music" or of the other part of education.  Besides, the flute is not an instrument which is expressive of moral character; it is too exciting.  The proper time for using it is when the performance aims not at instruction, but at the relief of the passions. . . .  The ancients therefore were right in forbidding the flute to youths and freemen . . . experience enabled men to judge what was or was not really conducive to virtue, and they rejected . . . the flute . . . which [is] intended only to give pleasure to the hearer. . . .
There is a meaning also in the myth of the ancients, which tells how Athene invented the flute and then threw it away.  It was not a bad idea of theirs, that the Goddess disliked the instrument because it made the face ugly; but with still more reason may we say that she rejected it because the acquirement of flute-playing contributes nothing to the mind, since to Athene we ascribe both knowledge and art . . . for in this the performer practices the art, not for the sake of his own improvement, but in order to give pleasure, and that of a vulgar sort, to his hearers . . . and the result is that the performers are vulgarized, for the end at which they aim is bad.  The vulgarity of the spectator tends to lower the character of the music and therefore of the performers; they look to him--he makes them what they are, and fashions even their bodies by the movements which he expects them to exhibit.
. . . feelings such as pity and fear, or, again, enthusiasm, exist very strongly in some souls, and have more or less influence over all.  Some persons fall into a religious frenzy, whom we see as a result of the sacred melodies--when they have used the melodies that excite the soul to mystic frenzy--restored as though they had found healing and purgation.  Those who are influenced by piety or fear, and every emotional nature, must have a like experience, and others in so far as each is susceptible to such emotions, and all are in a manner purged and their souls lightened and delighted.  The purgative melodies likewise give an innocent pleasure to mankind. . . .  And the music will correspond to their minds; for as their minds are perverted from the natural state, so there are perverted modes and highly strung and unnaturally colored melodies.
The Socrates of the Republic . . . rejects the flute; for . . . the flute is . . . exciting and emotional.  Poetry proves this, for Bacchic frenzy and all similar emotions are most suitably expressed by the flute.
                             -Aristotle, "Politics"

The flute is the show-off of the wind section, the big shot:  Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway--both millionaires.  (How many millionaire bassoonists can you name real fast?)  Well, that's fine.  Everybody knows it's the hardest, blowing across a tiny hole with your head tilted all your life; it's like soloing on a pop bottle.  the problem with the flute is that it vibrates your brain, and you start wearing big white caftans and smocks and eating roots and berries.  You become a pantheist and sit in meadows, and you believe that all is one and God is everything--God is a column of air vibrating--and you know that's not right.
                          -Garrison Keillor, in The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra

Regarding a sign in a show window reading, "Flute for sale.  Easily concealed":
Why, although this seems at first sight so strange, does it also seem so appropriate?  It is because the flute is terrible, mysterious and primitive. . . the marvellous thin pipings of the flute are a link with older things - with a fearful ecstasy of melody in the first dawn. . .  Of all musicians, flautists are most obviously the ones who know something we don't know. . .  the goat eyed, the devious flute player moves softly among us, none can see the flute he carries.  He walks past unsuspecting doormen, into public assemblies, into restaurants and parties - into churches, even.  He nods and smiles, he talks to other people, to us.  He does not reveal that he is a flute-player.  For there have been rumours - a pubful of people in Croydon discovered in a trance, from which they have never emerged, a bus that simply disappeared across fields, a whispered story of platelayers found sobbing in a tunnel, of thin high music disappearing into a cave, of men discovered with a look in their eyes like that of Mole in The Wind in the Willows, after he saw Pan. . . ."
                             -Paul Jennings, "Flautists Flaunt Afflatus"

When Krishna plays the flute the whole world is filled with love.  Rivers stop, stones are illumined, lotus flowers tremble, gazelles, cows, and birds are entranced; demons and ascetics enchanted.
                             -Unnamed scribe, in the Bhagavata-Purana

The flute calms the spirit and penetrates the ear with such sweet sound that it brings peace and an abeyance of motion unto the soul.  And should some sorrow dwell in the mind, a care that wine cannot make us forget and banish, it lulls us to sleep and is balm on account of its sweet and gracious sound, provided that it adheres to modest music and does not excite and enflame the soul with too many notes and passages, which would weaken it and could easily come to grief on account of the wine.
                             -Meylan, in The Flute, p.11

Play from the heart; the flute is a heart song . . .
like a sweet prayer, and it will teach you as well
as you teach yourself.
                             -Mato Wambli

Flute music is love music from the heart.  It must not stop, lest the pulsing of the heart be broken.
                            -Judith Redman Robbins, in Coyote Woman

Blasen ist nicht floeten, ihr muesst die Finger bewegen
Blowing is not playing the flute, you must move the fingers
                            -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre
                              (Translation by Steven Haaser)

Every music lover is familiar with the sound of the flute, which seems to possess a magic power that emanates from its innermost being.  It speaks, it moves, it entrances, almost as if it had been revealed to us on the glorious day of creation.  And yet it is genuine human expression, an element of language, the image of a dream continually repeated.
                               -Meylan, in The Flute, p.9

. . . but where is it written that everything should be to one single person's taste?
                               -J. G. Tromlitz, The Virtuoso Flute-Player

The way leads from playing the flute to pleasure, from pleasure to laziness, from laziness to sleep, from sleep to sin, from sin to death, from death to the devil and hell.
                                -Stephen Cossman, of Puritan England

From the start, when it was the instrument of the wood-god Pan, the flute has been associated with pure (some might say impure) energy.  Its sound releases something naturally untamed, as if a squirrel were set loose in a church.
                                 -Seamus Heaney

All flute players have a latent predilection for danger, otherwise they wouldn't play that wayward instrument.
                                -Merrily Harpur

The only woman awake is the woman who has heard the flute.

Playing a flute is like writing a book.  You're telling what's in your heart. . .  It's easier to play if it's right from your heart.  You get the tone, and the fingers will follow.
                                -Eddie Cahill

The fluteplayer puts breath into a flute, and who makes the music?  Not the flute.  The Fluteplayer!

In certain Anatolian communities, to this day, string players and performers on pipes and percussion live in apartheid or ritual enmity.  The blown reed, immediate neighbor to the wind, the pipes of Pan, seems to mark the precarious transgression from nature to culture.  In their range, we can hear the whistlings of birds, the yelp of the fox.
They can belong to the solitary, the illiterate and those who cohabit, in an almost animal state, with their flocks.  The shrill of the pipe, mimed by our piccolo, the tremolo of the flute, can suggest or echo a whiteness as of madness.  In fatal contrast, Apollo's lyre is the instrument of reasoned harmony, of Pythagorean-mathematical relations and intervals.  It is crafted out of slain animals -- the shell of the tortoise, the gut of the cat.  The lyre induces music towards speech, toward the textuality of the lyric, of epic recitation.  The pipes of Marsyas are the "woodnotes wild" of ways of life a shade less than and prior to man; the Apollonian lyre is that of a thoroughly humanised, divinely inspired species.  Between them ensues a homicidal rivalry.
                       -George Steiner, Errata

When in doubt, trill.
                      -John Phillip Sousa's advice to piccolo players

And all the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise.
                        -Anonymous scribe, in First Kings 1:40

The flute resists your breath in a necessary way; the whistle offers no resistance and the breathing is very different.  But, gradually, you start to get a buzz.  You learn to "fill" the flute.  You feel the flute vibrate when it is warm, and the little coin-columns of air stacked beneath your fingertips dance up and down like mercury thermometers, all registering different bouncy volatiles of temperature.  The sound begins to carry, to lift and it's surprising how a flute carries:  when you leave the session for the bog or loo or bathroom, it's the voice you hear above the box and fiddles and pipes and guitars.
                       -Ciaran Carson, Last Night's Fun

And if there come the singers and dancers and the flute players--buy of their gifts also.  For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankinscense and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul.
                     -Kahlil Gibran, in The Prophet

A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a doughnut with no hole is a Danish.
                    -Chevy Chase

Of all the wind instruments, the flute can do the most things the most easily.  A fine performer on a flute can dash up a scale and down again so quickly that our ears cannot separate the notes.  A flutist can skip and jump from note to note so lightly that the music reminds us of the quickness of a rabbit or of a gazelle.  He can swoop and turn and trill the notes until we think that we are hearing a bird.  Musicians say that a flute can do anything!
                    -Jean Craig, in The Woodwinds.  Minneapolis:  Lerner Publications, 1963

The heart of the cedar . . . the center of it, or the pith, is red and soft.  That has to be removed by the flute maker.  And so then the flute player, of course, has the obligation to restore that . . . to replace that with his own heart.
                    -Kevin Locke

Music loosens our deafness to spirit.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:  Music and Cats.
                     -Albert Schweitzer

You can teach someone how to play the flute but you can't teach them how to make it sing.
                     -Joseph FireCrow (Northern Cheyenne)

All true and deeply felt music
Whether sacred or profane,
Journeys to heights
Where art and religion
Can always meet.
                    -Albert Schweitzer

The flute is the voice in the night that whispers back from the breath of life you breathe into it.
                       -Terry Hearn

Where speech fails,
then music begins.
It is the natural medium for
the expression too strong and
deep to be expressed in words.
                        -Charles W. Landon

Improvisation is not the
expression of accident,
but rather of the accumulated
yearnings, dreams and wisdom
of our very soul.
                    -Yehudi Menuhin

Everybody should have his
personal sounds -- sounds that
will make him exhilarated and
alive or quiet and calm . . .
One of the greatest sounds of
them all is utter, complete silence.
                    -Andre Kostelanetz

Music is more than a combination
of sounds.  It is colors too.  I see the
different keys like a rainbow.
The key of D is daffodil yellow.
B Major is maroon and
B flat is blue.
                    -Marian McPartland

For every note, there is another note
that melts into it.  I just hear a sound
coming into my head and hope to
catch it with my hands.
                    -Erroll Garner

If the king loves music,
there is little wrong in the land.

Creative people who know exactly what they're doing aren't creative people.

All the sounds of the earth are like music.
                                               -Oscar Hammerstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
                                               -Albert Einstein

The effects of good music are not just becaue it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more, the more familiar we are with it.
                                              -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life is like music:  it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
                                              -Samuel Butler

A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
                                            -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
                                            -Jules Combarieu

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
                                            -Linus Pauling

There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.
                                            -Clara Schumann

The Drum is the Great Spirit's favorite instrument.  That's why we were all given a heartbeat.
                                            -Mano, Navajo Elder

The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.
                                          - Hazrat Inayat Khan

For us, as a family, music is like food. When you need it
you don't have to explain why, because it is basic to life. 
                                                      - Ali Akbar Khan

Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaity to life and to everything.

If your heart is in the right place the flute will take care of itself
-Paul Thompson, Navajo culture-bearer, traditional American Indian flute maker

When words fail
Music speaks

I've always told the musicians in my band to play what they know and then play above that.
Because then anything can happen, and that's where great art and music happens.
-Miles Davis

The melody is generally what the piece is all about.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
 "Is there a meaning to music?"  My answer would be, "Yes."
And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?"
My answer to that would be, "No."
                               -Aaron Copland

A true tradition is not the witnessing of a past closed and finished;
it is a living force that animates and informs the present.
                                  -Igor Stravinsky

If music be the food of love, play on.
                                 -William Shakespeare

Being famous was extremely
disappointing for me.  When I became
famous, it was a complete drag,
and it is still a complete drag.
                                 -Van Morrison

You've got to love to be able to play.
                                  -Louis Armstrong

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
                                    -Victor Hugo

Everything else can wait, but the
search for God cannot.
                                  -George Harrison

Music is self-expression.
Singing is how I pray,
and the music is my religion.
                                  -Chaka Khan

  It's not about how much you know, it's how much you hear that counts.
                          -Benny Carter, Saxophonist and Composer, to Ira Nepus, Trombonist

The aim and final reason
of all music should be nothing else
but the Glory of God and the
refreshment of the spirit.
                         -Johann Sebastian Bach

I know nothing at all about music.
                                         -Richard Wagner

I say, play your own way.  Don't play what the public wants. . . .
You play what you want, and let the public pick up on what you are doing,
even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.
                                         -Thelonious Monk

Thank God for those twins
called grace and mercy.
                                       -Richard Smallwood

Our sweetest songs are those
that tell of saddest thought.
                                     -Percy Bysshe Shelley

[I think] humor
is incredibly important. . . .
You have to be able
to laugh at yourself and your place
in the universe. . . .  For me, life
would be so empty without humour. . . .
It would be like life without music.
                                   -Jerry Garcia

Learning music
by reading about it
is like making love
by mail.
                                       -Isaac Stern

Composers often tell you that they don't read criticisms of their work. . . .
I am an exception.  I admit to a curiosity about the slightest clue as to the meaning
of a piece of mine -- a meaning, that is, other than the one I know I have put there.
                                     -Aaron Copland

You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.
                                        -John Coltrane

I never understood the need for a "live" audience.  My music,
because of its extreme quietude, would be happiest with a dead one.
                                       -Igor Stravinsky

A young, would-be composer wrote to Mozart, asking advice as to how to compose a symphony. Mozart responded that a symphony was a complex and demanding musical form and that it would be better to start with something simpler.
"But Herr Mozart," the young man protested, 'you wrote symphonies
when you were younger than I am now."

I never asked how.
                                  -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as recounted by Isaac Asimov

I'll play it first
and tell you what it is later.
                                    -Miles Davis

Fame is an illusion.
                                  -Jerry Garcia

I would advise you to keep your overhead down,
avoid a major drug habit, play everyday, and take it in front of other people.
They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it.
                                     -James Taylor

Freedom in music, to me, is the freedom of choice, not playing everything
that you know. . . .  It is the freedom to play one note--if the note is the
thing that moves the heart and forces the soul, that's the note to play.
If it is a hundred notes, play a hundred notes.
                              -Rodney Jones, Jazz Guitarist

It's not a question of Indian Music or American music.
Any kind of music, in rhythm, in tune, gives you food for your soul.
                                 -Ali Akbar Khan

There is no truer truth obtainable by man than comes of music.
                                         -Robert Browning

I'm sensitive, I feel the hurt, and the pain like everybody else does.
But the difference is, I don't see no barriers.  Peoople may try to block you,
but they can only block you if you give them power.
                            -Andy Bey, Pianist and Vocalist

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
                                -Jules Combarieu

Composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before.
Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
                                      -Ned Rorem

You don't need any brains to listen to music.
                                          -Luciano Pavarotti

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.
Musical innovation is full of danger to the state,
For when modes of music change, the laws of the state always change with them.

Music is an outburst of the soul.
                      -Frederick Delius

Clouds float
in the same pattern
only once.
-Wayne Shorter, to Jeff Clayton, Saxophonist,
on his own approach to music

The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness,
we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not
come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society
leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
                               -Hubert Humphrey

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief,
that does not find relief in music.
                                              -George Eliot

Music is a beautiful opiate,
If you don't take it too seriously.
                                -Henry Miller

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

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth,
the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
                               -Walter Savage Landor

The artist must say it without saying it.
                                             -Duke Ellington

The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes --ah--
that is where the art resides.
                        -Arthur Schnabel

Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
                        -Gioacchino A. Rossini

A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
                                 -Leopold Stokowski 

A good composer is slowly discovered;
a bad composer is slowly found out.
                               -Ernest Newman

Music gives a soul to the universe.

The music in my heart I bore.  Long after it was heard no more.
                                                    -William Wordsworth

The sign of a mature musician
is knowing what not to play.
                                                                                        -Dizzy Gillepie

If I don't practice for one day,
I know it; if I don't practice for two days,
the critics know it; if I don't practice
for three days, the audience knows it.
                         -Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Cellist

I have learned throughout my life as a composer
chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions,
not by my exposure to wisdom and founts of knowledge.
                                       -Igor Stravinsky

My main goal is to tell a story.
                                                               -Stephen Sondheim

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
                                                                                          -Alduous Huxley

You know what's the
loudest noise in the world, man?
The loudest noise
in the world is silence.
                               -Thelonious Monk

Music was my refuge.  I could crawl into the space between
the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
                                          -Maya Angelou

One more time. . . .
                                         -Count Basie

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamer of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.
                                             -Arthur O'Shaunessey

All good music has healing potential.
                                                                          -Horace Silver

I let nature take its course.  I don't sit at the piano and think, I'm going to write the
greatest song of all time. . . .  It has to be given to you.  I believe it's already up there
before you are born, and then it drops right into your lap.  It's the most spiritual
thing in the world. . . .  Sometimes I feel guilty putting my name on the songs. . .
because it's as if the heavens have done it already.
                                   -Michael Jackson

We never play anything the same way once.
                                     -Shelly Manne

Learning to read
 music in Braille
and play by ear
helped me develop
a damn good memory.
                               -Ray Charles

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
                                                                             -Berthold Auerbach 

Isn't the artist's real job to learn from nature?
Instead of churning out pop hits, shouldn't the truly talented
among us be listening to the flutter of a butterfly's wing?
                                             -Marvin Gaye

If the music is eccentric, I have to be.
Anybody talented in any way--
they're called eccentric.
                       -Thelonious Monk

One good thing about music:  When it hits you, you feel no pain.
                                                   -T. J. Christofore

I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.  But sorrow,
gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.
Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.
                         -H. A. Overstreet

Every mistake is a new style.
                   -Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai, a Drummer from North Ghana, as told by Eric Rucker

 I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
                                      -Billy Joel

Music is the soul of language.
                       -Max Heindel

Music hath charms to soothe
the savage breast,
to soften rocks,
to bend a troubled oak.
                        -William Congreve

If you sit still long enough,
a butterfly might come
and sit on your shoulder.
                   -Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drummer, quoting his Mother

Music is love in search of a word.
                            -Sidney Lanier

The subconscious is often impressed through music.
Music has a fourth-dimensional quality
 and releases the soul from imprisonment.  It makes wonderful things
seem possible, and easy of accomplishment!
                                       -Florence Scovel Shinn

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all round us,
the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.
                                       -Sir Edward Elgar

The flute is not an instrument with a good moral effect.
It is too exciting.

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.
If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
They teach you there's no boundary line to music.
But, man, there's no boundary line in art.
                                 -Charlie Parker

I got the impression from him that he wasn't playing--he was singing.
When you're trying to sing from the soul, that's just how it comes out.
                                -Kurt Whalum, on Grover Washington, Jr.

Without music, life would be an error.
                                -Friedrich Nietzsche

Milton, of all people, gave the most perfect definition of the state of mind required to
play jazz:  'with wanton heed and giddy cunning."  That's how you play jazz.
                                    -Paul Desmond

No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way with music, or it isn't music.
                                   -Billie Holiday

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
                                                 -Pablo Casals

How can one express the indefinable sensation that
one experiences while writing an instrumental composition that
has no definite subject?  it is a purely lyrical process.
It is a musical confession of the soul, which unburdens itself
through sounds, just as a lyric poet expresses himself through poetry. . . .
As the poet Heine said, "Where words leave off, music begins."
                                 -Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?
                                   -Leonardo Da Vinci

Do you know what the secret of success is?  Be yourself and have some fun.
                        -Tito Puente, to Awilda Rivera, the Host of Evening Jazz and The
                            Latin Jazz Cruise on Jazz 88.3 FM, WBGO, Newark

Blues is a good woman
feeling bad.
                                    -Thomas A. Dorsey

Bach is like an astronomer who, with the help of ciphers, finds the most
wonderful stars. . . .  Beethoven embraced the universe with the power of
his spirit. . . .  I do not climb so high.  A long time ago, I decided
that my universe will be the soul and heart of man.
                                        -Frederic Chopin

There are more love songs than anything else.  If songs could make
you do something, we'd all love one another.
                                        -Frank Zappa

Music rearranges your molecular structure.
                                      -Carlos Santana

There is so much to be done
on earth, do it soon!
I cannot carry on the everyday life I am living;
art demands this sacrifice, too.
Rest, diversion, amusement--
only so that I can
function more powerfully in my art.
                                       -Ludwig Van Beethoven, from his journal, in 1814

The Heart is a thousand-stringed instrument. . . that can only be tuned with Love.
The flute connects us not only to the earth, but to each other and all relations, known and unknown.
                              -Matt Farmer (Shooting Star)
Music is the sound of the soul freeing itself.
                                      -Will Clipman (
If you listen closely, you can hear the land and ancient voices.
                             -Gary Stroutsos
My idea is that there is music in the air,
music all around us;
the world is full of it,
and you simply take as much as you require.
                          -Edward Elgar (
Music, once heard, wanders like a spirit through the heart and mind.
                          -Call of the Flute (1988)
When we make music, there is a co-creation,
an interaction between the musician and the hidden wind
that blows through everything.
                                              -Dr. Lane Arye (
So much has changed, but love like the wind is still here.
                         -Bryan Akipa
The music simply runs through me:  my body and my instrument are merely vessels through which the music travels.
                                                               -Snake Davis (
Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars,
blown about us by the wind,
and drink the universe in a glass of rain.
                              -Ihab Hassan
All things hum in a chorus of spiritual song.
Together all those notes make the Song of Existence.
                              -Ian Corrigan (
Music is a prayer. It is a prophecy for people who hear with their hearts... Our music is spirit. A voice from the wind.
                                       -Atsiaktonkie (Akwesasne Mohawk) (
Whether we are creators or listeners of music, music provides a private sanctuary for peace and personal reflection.
                                              -Catherine Duc (
With music you can feel everything... through your soul to get to the highest levels of spirituality.
                                                 -Xavier Quijas Yxayotl (
Music is spirituality. Music becomes sacred if you practice or perform with dedication, devotion, and love.
                                          -Prem Joshua (
Within each of us is a loving
magical, powerful being
a Real Self.
Music, friend that it is,
cocoons us from our worries,
enabling that hidden self
to emerge.
           -Peter Kater
We exist in a universe that consists entirely of energy.  Einstein proved this.  Frequency defines it.  Music expresses it.
               -Sharry Edwards (
The space can be a musical collaborator--a partner.
                  -Paul Horn
Music has its own realm, and its own reality.
                                           -David S. Ware (
It is not the music that makes you spiritual, but if you are spiritual you can transform the music into a spiritual song.
                       -Kudsi Erguner (
The object of art is expression.
The essence of expression is imagination.
The control of imagination is form.
The "medium" for all three is technique.
                                              -H. Witherspoon
Music is the language of the soul. It transcends politics,
race, nationality, and is a way of recording history
that all people can understand.
                                    -David Amram (
Carried away on wings of song, we may come to actually experience spiritual concepts like ecstasy, devotion, love, reverence, and peace.
                                                 -Robert Gass (
Music, like spirit, is invisible. Yet it moves us to sing, dance, laugh, cry, even march to war, to heal, and pray.
                       -David Lanz (
All creation sang its own song, and in doing so brought itself into being.
[Music] brings us into our private inner experience while at the same time connecting us to our fellow human beings.
                     -Dr. Kenneth Aigen (
Peace at last. . .  When my body lies without a song, my spirit and the eagles will soar together.
I am music, most ancient of the arts.
I am more than ancient; I am eternal, I am spirit.
                     -Don Campbell (
"When you begin a note, it comes from somewhere and keeps going forever after you have finished.  It comes from your impulse to sing, from your mind and heart, all the way back to the beginning of time.  It goes into thin air, into walls, patient trees, open sky, molecules, heat, radiation, and on into vibrations there aren't names for.  Part of it does, anyway.  The rest of it goes into the hearts and minds of others.  Nothing is lost.  Everything keeps going around."
                                                -W. A. Mathieu
Transcendent Musical Experiences melt the heart, opening the way to the soul.
                              -Kurt Leland (
"If you can talk,  you can sing.  If you can walk, you can dance."
                                             -Zimbabwean Saying
The spirit of music enchants us with its haunting melody, its perfectly blended notes, the hidden weavings of its sacred geometry.
                                    -Peggy Black (
"Every soul is a melody which needs renewing."
                                                 -Stephane Mallarme
We are not merely the singer but also, at the same time, the song.
                                                   -Dr. Robin Kelly (
"Humanity is like Native American Flutes.  They each have diversity and similarity.  Diversity in the sound of every individual flute and diversity in every individual makes each unique.  It is our similarities that can bring us together.  Listen carefully and understand."
                                                  -Patrick Nielander
Music has the capacity to inject life within us. It is oxygen for the body, mind, and spirit. Music is the voice of life.
                                                     -Paul Madaule (
"Time is wanted for this,
but there will come a day
when music and its philosophy
will become the religion of
                                                   -Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sound is the manifestation of vibration; the bridge that connects the seen and the unseen worlds... spirituality is an integral and inseparable part of music.
                                                        -Joy Gardner (
"Hey, it just hit me that those who say they can't read music are wrong!  The best music will always come from our deep center, and that music is read with the 'eyes' of the heart.  It just takes a little 'listening' to be able to 'read' that music."
                                                   -Bob West
Music is play... Playing and listening to music is its own reward.
                                                  -John Malkin (
"Improvisation, it is a mystery.  You can write a book about it, but by the end no one still knows what it is.  When I improvise and I'm in good form, I'm like somebody half sleeping.  I even forget there are people in front of me.  Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god."
                                                    -Stephane Grappelli
[Music] is invisible, it does not depend on the given world for its inspiration,
it appeals to the mind, the heart, the body, and the imagination.
                                   -John Bell (
"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
                                                     -Emily Dickinson
Music is the soundtrack for the journey of life.
                                                          -Chris Mancini (
"Your intention is part of your music and never leaves it.  It came from somewhere and goes somewhere.  It is connected directly to your listeners and indirectly to everyone else.  When the song is over, your intention keeps going."
                                                      -W. A. Mathieu
Life is a journey, and I believe music is something that will carry each of us throughout the various seasons of life:  highs, lows, and everything in between.
                                                               -Ginny McCabe (
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."
                                                        -Martha Graham
Music and musicians can… change the world and make it a better place by planting emotional seeds that burst from the heart and blossom in the soul.
                                            -Dr. Don Cusic (
"To the rationally minded, the mental process of the intuitive appears to work backward.  His conclusions are reached before his premises.  This is not because the steps which connect the two have been omitted but because those steps are taken by the unconscious."
                                                           -Frances Wickes
[Music] is in everything, and of everything.
We must only tune our ears, to hear.
                                  -Kate Mucci (
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.  The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."
                                                           -Carl Jung
E=MC2 is energy equals music times consciousness squared.
                                                      -Nick Page (
"Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness--I wouldn't know.  But I am sure that it is the antithesis of self-consciousness."
                                                             -Aaron Copland
Music is an enigma. It beckons and calls;
it engulfs and fulfills, but it always leads on.
                                                                -Dr. Helen Bonny (
Music can tell stories that otherwise go untold.
                            -Dr. Paul Austerlitz (
"I am always between two currents of thought:  first the material difficulties, turning round and round and round to make a living; and second, the study of color.  I am always hoping to make a discovery here, to express the feelings of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colors, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones.  To express the thought behind a brow by the radiance of a bright tone against a somber background.  To express hope by some star, the eagerness of a soul by a sunset glow."
                                                                     -Vincent Van Gogh
I believe that a lifetime of involvement in music, by listening, creating, recreating, moving and dancing, strengthens our relationship with our Creator and with the world in which we live.
                                                         -Joseph Pinson (
"The very act of putting my work on paper, of, as we say, kneading the dough, is for me inseparable from the pleasure of creation.  So far as I am concerned, I cannot separate the spirital effort from the psychological and physical effort; they confront me at the same level and do not present a hierarchy."
                                                                         -Igor Stravinsky
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
                                                                          -Johannes Brahms
When I’m creating music I’m in a different zone, very calm and deeply content and in touch with other parts of my being.
                                                     -Afterlife (
"Do not fear mistakes.  There are none."
                                                                       -Miles Davis
Music is a well into which we can easily and frequently dip, for balancing all of our doing with being.
                                               -Dr. Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D. (
"Music, the word we use in our everyday language, is nothing less than the picture of our Beloved.  It is because music is the picture of our Beloved that we love music."
                                                                        -Hazrat Inayat Khan
Music is vibrational medicine, an antipsychotic which has been created, played, and sung in order to uplift or balance people’s feelings in every area of the world.
                                  -Dr. Masaru Emoto (
"It don't mean a thing
    if it ain't got that swing."
                                                                         -Duke Ellington
                                                                             Irving Mills
Music transcends all languages and barriers and is the most beautiful communicative skill one can have.
                                                                 -Ravi Shankar (
"We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
                                                                         -T. S. Eliot
Music is a readily accessible pathway to finding one’s own spirituality.
                                                          -Dr. Melvyn Willin (
Listen and Play.
Play, Play, Play.
Listen and Play.
Play, Play, Play, Watch, Write.
Listen and Play and Write.
Play, Play, Play, Play.
Forget all you've learned up to now,
And just play."
                                                                           -R. Carlos Nakai, March, 1999
Music is a universal language without words by which all beings can communicate and understand each other's deepest essence.
                                             -Marilyn Crispell (
"God gives us each a song.  That's how we know who we are.  Our songs tell us who we are."
                                                                          -Charlie Knight
Music is food, drink, sister, and brother to me,
and will be until I die.
                                                    -Joel McIver (
In my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am.  The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time."
                                                                           -Charles Mingus
I have come to realize that the deeper music, for humans, is BETWEEN the notes, that is, it represents THE JOURNEY.
                                     -Joel Andrews (
Music is part of that bridge between matter, energy, and spirit.
                                               -Sule Greg Wilson (




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