Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music."

-- George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul."

-- Johann Sebastian Bach

Saturday, December 12, 2015

"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary."

-- Martin Luther

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"You have to take a deep breath and allow the music to flow through you.  Revel in it, allow yourself to awe.  When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty."

-- Kelly White

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Music is the great uniter.  An incredible force.  Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common."

-- Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Music . . . will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you."

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

-- Lao Tzu

Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens."

-- Maria Augusta von Trapp

Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Music is the language of the spirit.  It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife."

-- Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, October 17, 2015

"If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing."

-- J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."

-- Robert Fripp

Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human.  Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe."

-- Douglas Adams

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music . . . because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out . . . It's the best part of us probably . . . "

-- Nick Hornby

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful.  Into something that people connect to.  And that's what good music does.  It speaks to you.  It changes you."

-- Hannah Harrington, Saving June

Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once."

-- Robert Browning, The Complete Poetical Works of Browning

Saturday, September 5, 2015

"Where words fail, music speaks."

-- Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

-- Leopold Stokowski

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances."

-- Maya Angelou

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC."

-- Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Life, he realized, was much like a song.  In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile."

-- Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music
And death a note unsaid.

-- Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

Saturday, July 18, 2015

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music."

-- Albert Einstein

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

-- Victor Hugo

Saturday, June 27, 2015


The making of music is the everlasting and inescapable act of creation.  The life of music is reborn at every singing.  It actually doesn't exist on paper, but in time and in sound.  It has existed in the composer's spirit, but at each singing it seeks a new life.  And the performer, though his craft is that of representation and his proper approach that of humility, cannot escape the responsibilities of creation.  And that has some moral reference.

-- Robert Shaw

Saturday, June 20, 2015


. . . The arts have a chance to become what the history of man has shown that they should be: the guide and impetus to human understanding, individual integrity, and the common good.  They are not an opiate, an avoidance, or a barrier, but a unifying spirit and labor.

-- Robert Shaw

Saturday, June 13, 2015


It is entirely possible that out of the whole history of the Western world, Bach is the single greatest creative genius.

The thing that essentially qualifies Bach's music is that though it's technically masterful and such, it maintains a humanity that is as natural as the Negro spiritual.  It's extraordinarily human music.  The thing that makes his music last is not its intellectualization but its consummate humanity and the fact that it is simple human emotion in extraordinary persistence and renaissance.  Every time it renews itself, it's a resurrection.

-- Robert Shaw

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Since I think the Arts are sort of the last residence of personal integrity, they have a lot to say about the . . . fellowship of human beings.  People who make music together ultimately end up respecting one another and also have a good sense to respect the creator, who is the composer, more than they do their own performance.  This builds a humility and a tolerance of other human beings that I think is essential to a civilization.

-- Robert Shaw

Saturday, May 30, 2015


Our voice is our most creative and musical instrument.  It has great power to touch our lives and the lives of others.

-- Ted Andrews






Saturday, May 23, 2015


Bach opens a vista to the universe.  After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.

-- Helmut Walcha

Saturday, May 16, 2015


It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible.

-- Victor de LaPrade

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.

-- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton


Saturday, May 2, 2015


Music can noble hints impart,
Engender fury, kindle love,
With unsuspected eloquence can move,
And manage all the man with secret art.

-  Joseph Addison


Saturday, April 25, 2015


Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.

-- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, April 11, 2015


If in the afterlife there is not music, we will have to import it.

-- Domenico Cieri Estrada

Saturday, April 4, 2015


There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.

-- William P. Merrill

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, March 21, 2015


All deep things are song.  It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!

-- Thomas Carlyle

Saturday, March 14, 2015


The end of all good music is to affect the soul.

-- Claudio Monteverdi

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

-- Plato

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes heavenly music in Heaven.

-- Ellen G. White

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.

-- Henri Frederic Amiel

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

-- Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have here below.

-- Joseph Addison

Saturday, January 31, 2015


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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

-- Lao Tzu

Saturday, January 17, 2015


What love is to man, music is to the arts and to mankind.

-- Carla Maria von Weber

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful present God has given us.

-- Martin Luther

Saturday, January 3, 2015


I can only think of music as somethng inherent in every human being -- a birthright.  Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.

-- Yehudi Menuhin