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1. "Ideally, musicians belong outside the Establishment. When they cross that line, it's like something in them has died."
Author: Alex Kapranos
2. "Jazz is the music of the body. The breath comes through brass. It is the body's breath, and the strings' wails and moans are echoes of the body's music. It is the body's vibrations which ripple from the fingers. And the mystery of the withheld theme, known to jazz musicians alone, is like the mystery of our secret life. We give to others only peripheral improvisations."
Author: Anaïs Nin
3. "Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy."
Author: Andre Rieu
4. "Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. When independent-thinking people (and here I do not include the corporate media) begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgment and blindly yoke their art to the service of the "Nation," it's time for all of us to sit up and worry."
Author: Arundhati Roy
5. "Musicians write and play and sing for the love and soul of it. They don't need somebody else to tell them how to sing a song, because then it's somebody else's vision."
Author: Auliq Ice
6. "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."
Author: Bill Bruford
7. "There's a lot of good musicians who are unheard of. Get it down before they pass away."
Author: Brownie McGhee
8. "At night, when no one's there, the dancers and the musicians on the walls come to life and there's a glamorous ball. Sometimes their lights are so bright I can see the glow from my bedroom."
Author: Chris Bohjalian
9. "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?"
Author: Chris Isaak
10. "Musicians playing together, it's a conversation, and ideally I want our conversation to be really intriguing and interesting and beautiful."
Author: Chris Robinson
11. "What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day."
Author: Daniel Barenboim
12. "All of the musicians when I was young used to always say you had to tell a story when you're a musician."
Author: Dave Holland
13. "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."
Author: Dave Van Ronk
14. "I was being ridiculed for going to school... But, you see, I had looked hard at the other musicians and the whole show-business scene... They were doing with jazz musicians what they usually reserved for rock n' roll cats: making them overnight successes, then overnight antiques."
Author: Donald Byrd
15. "I'm quite ignorant about fashion and I'm colourblind, so it's all a tad tricky. My only knowledge of that world comes through Christopher Bailey, whom I first met in 2008 when I did a campaign for Burberry that featured musicians, artists, actors and sportsmen."
Author: Eddie Redmayne
16. "She has her own glamour, Willy lad. All poets do, all the bards and artists, all the musicians who truly take the music into their own hearts. They all straddle the border of Faerie, and they see into both worlds. Not dependably into either, perhaps, but that uncertainty keeps them honest and at a distance."
Author: Emma Bull
17. "It's my fault in many cases because I don't initiate the contact to talk with a lot of other musicians."
Author: Frank Morgan
18. "A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."
Author: Frank Zappa
19. "I dare to think that it is this outsized reality, and not just its literary expression, that has deserved the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters. A reality not of paper, but one that lives within us and determines each instant of our countless daily deaths, and that nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
20. "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."
Author: Glenn Tipton
21. "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."
Author: Herbie Mann
22. "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."
Author: Jamie Muir
23. "Josie examined the booklet, candelabra on the cover, a program. Brahms, and then Psalm 16, Psalm 32, Bach. A prayer, the Mourner's Kaddish, in the flamelike Hebrew, followed by an English pronunciation, a translation. At least she would not clap in the wrong part. She remembered that night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Michael so handsome in his iridescent thrift-store suit and green silk tie, she in her Lana Turner black lace and spike heels. How they peered down from their seats in the top balcony at the horseshoe of musicians with their stands and instruments. When the music stopped, Michael caught hold of her hand. Lacing his fingers in hers, he tenderly bit her knuckles. She would have been the only one applauding."
Author: Janet Fitch
24. "Lady Gaga is one of the most amazingly talented musicians to bring her gifts to humanity in a long time."
Author: Jared Polis
25. "But look behind you, Mary.' She nodded towards the dais. 'One of the musicians seems to be trying to attract your attention.'It was Peter. He was standing on the dais smiling across at me. My delight at seeing him was such that I could not disguise it - did not try to disguise it."
Author: Jennifer Paynter
26. "Musicians are in-season all the time."
Author: John Legend
27. "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."
Author: John Zorn
28. "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
Author: Leopold Stokowski
29. "Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers."
Author: Les Baxter
30. "I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I'm workin' and they're not."
Author: Luther Allison
31. "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."
Author: Margaret Whiting
32. "I think my music has always been a mixture, depending on whom I'm working with - what band, what musicians, what producer."
Author: Matisyahu
33. "Just look at the Old Testament. They didn't go out with the army first. They sent the musicians out."
Author: Michael W. Smith
34. "I'd photographed musicians before but this was different. Syd was very charismatic, and he had the aura of a poete maudit, which made him the perfect subject for me - I realised that rock n' rollers were the modern equivalent of all the poets I was so enamoured with."
Author: Mick Rock
35. "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."
Author: Miroslav Vitous
36. "We'll win, of course," he said. "You don't want that," said the demon. "Why not, pray?""Listen," said Crowley desperately, "how many musicians do you think your side have got, eh? First grade, I mean." Aziraphale looked taken aback. "Well, I should think-" he began. "Two," said Crowley. "Elgar and Liszt. That's all. We've got the rest. Beethoven, Brahms, all the Bachs, Mozart, the lot. Can you imagine eternity with Elgar?"
Author: Neil Gaiman
37. "I think there are just a million interviews in anthologies with famous musicians that are about the music, and they're really boring to read."
Author: Neil Strauss
38. "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."
Author: Robert Moog
39. "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."
Author: Robert Wyatt
40. "I only choose musicians who I think will emerge, can emerge, with their own character, while still going along with the tune in question."
Author: Robert Wyatt
41. "All those happy, pretty, successful people- he hated them because he knew they didn't really exist, and he hated even more the magazine that glorified them and in a way that made them exist, actors, rock musicians, famous writers, politicians. Those aren't people, he fumed, they're photographs."
Author: Russell Banks
42. "The point is, technology has empowered so many musicians, you know?"
Author: Stanley Clarke
43. "Ultimately, what we do as musicians, I think of us as a type of emotional engineer. We essential take these sound waves, this sound, and we organize it into emotion, and that's how we connect with our audiences."
Author: Stefon Harris
44. "I think musicians should stay off television generally."
Author: Sufjan Stevens
45. "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."
Author: Suzanne Vega
46. "Hanson has rapid female fans, which I'm completely proud of, but a lot of fans are a contingent that have grown up with us really - our peers. There's younger fans. More and more guys are Hanson fans, musicians or kind of guys who were into a Beatles record."
Author: Taylor Hanson
47. "Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does."
Author: Tony Wilson
48. "For the film maker must come by his convention, as painters and writers and musicians have done before him."
Author: Virginia Woolf
49. "Artists and musicians of the Sixties were definitely into clothes."
Author: Yoko Ono
50. "My father used to tell me about how musicians don't have respect from people and he was afraid about my future."
Author: Youssou N'Dour

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