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    A few comments on music and musicians

    "Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain


    "We never play anything the same way once." Shelly Manne's definition of
    jazz musicians

    "Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them." Richard Strauss

    "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible
    is music." Aldous Huxley

    "The drummer drives. Everybody else rides!" Panama Francis

    "Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds
    pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works
    and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn
    wins." Dizzy Gillespie on playing the trumpet

    "Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after
    night but differently each time." Omette Coleman

    "Someone who knows how to play the accordion, and doesn't." AI Cohn's
    definition of a gentleman

    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse.” Jack Daney

    "I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play
    Bach and starve." Xavier Cugat

    "Flint must be an extremely wealthy town: I see that each of you bought
    two or three seats." Victor Borge, playing to a half-filled house in
    Flint, Michigan,

    "Critics can't even make music by rubbing their back legs together." Mel
    Brooks

    "Berlioz says nothing in his music, but he says it magnificently.” James
    Gibbons Hunekar

    "God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way."
    Arturo Toscanini to a trumpet player

    "Already too loud!" Bruno Walter at his first rehearsal with an American
    orchestra, on seeing the players reaching for their instruments.

    "When she started to play, Steinway himself came down personally and
    rubbed his name off the piano." Bob Hope, on comedienne Phyllis DilIer

    "In opera, there is always too much singing." Claude Debussy

    "I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the
    twentieth century that has made giant strides in reverse." Bing Crosby

    "The bottom line of any country is: what did we contribute to the world?
    We contributed Louis Armstrong." Tony Bennett
    Jerry
    Dayton, Kentucky
    Personally, I'm waiting for caller IQ.

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    Excellent, Jaybee.

    This one, being familiar to me, leaps to mind:

    "I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says."
    Oscar Wilde
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

    --and that line was simplified in the script for my stage musical version of "Dorian Gray." The very funny original became this good laugh line:

    "I love Wagner. He's so loud you can talk all the way through."

    Randy

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    Quote Originally Posted by jjloving View Post

    "I know nothing new except that Gellert has died in Leipsic and since has written no more poetry."
    -W.A. Mozart, 26 January 1770

    Jon
    lol! that is good....

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    <quote>Flint must be an extremely wealthy town: I see that each of you bought two or three seats." Victor Borge, playing to a half-filled house in
    Flint, Michigan,</quote>

    I gotta try this line at my next gig...

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    Holy Cow, there's some truth to this one...

    "I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play
    Bach and starve." Xavier Cugat

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    "The drummer drives. Everybody else rides!" Panama Francis
    Yeah, but most of them are too prone to crash.

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    "I've never enjoyed composing much. It's not a fun thing to do."
    --George Crumb
    Dan Powers
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    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    "The english may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes"

    Thomas Beecham
    David

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    I hope I am not banned from the forum with this one, my excuse is that it (alledgedly) was Thomas Beecham who said it.

    He pointed his finger to a female cello player in the orchestra :
    "You, madam, have between your legs an instrument that could bring pleasure to a lot of people. And all you can do is scratch it."
    Oyvind

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    Re: A few comments on music and musicians

    Quote Originally Posted by Oyvind View Post
    He pointed his finger to a female cello player in the orchestra :
    "You, madam, have between your legs an instrument that could bring pleasure to a lot of people. And all you can do is scratch it."
    Oyvind
    I believe it was also he who said that the sound of the harpsichord was like two skeletons copulating on a tin roof during a hailstorm.
    David

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