Saturday, July 14, 2018

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

-- Martin Luther

Saturday, July 7, 2018

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

-- Plato

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life.  There's not some trick involved with it.  It's pure and it's real.  It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.

-- Tom Petty

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sing
Because this is a food
Our starving world
Needs.
Laugh
Because that is the purest
Sound.

-- Hafiz

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Good poetry makes
The universe
Admit a secret:
"I am really just
A tambourine,
Grab hold,
Play me against
Your warm
Thigh."

-- Hafiz

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The heart is a
Thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with
Love.

-- Hafiz

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Music heard so deeply
That is not heard at all, but you are
The music
While the music lasts.

-- T. S. Eliot

Saturday, May 26, 2018

There is no truer truth obtainable by man than that which comes of music.

-- Robert Browning

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Where words fail, music speaks.

-- Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Music fills the infinite between two souls.

-- Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.

-- Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Music is the purest form of art . . . therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music . . . The singer has everything within him.  The notes come out from his very life.  They are not materials gathered from outside.

-- Rabidranath Tagore

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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 . . . I get most joy in life out of music.

-- Albert Einstein

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, March 24, 2018

. . . you can
drip with despair all afternoon and still,
on a green branch, its wings just lightly touched

by the passing foil of the water, the thrush,
puffing out its spotted breast, will sing
of the perfect, stone-hard beauty of everything.

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I don't really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree.  I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible.  I can sit
on the top of the dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned.  I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, March 10, 2018


 . . . The little sparrow
with the pink beak
calls out, over and over, so simply -- not to me
but to the whole world.  All afternoon
I grow wiser, listening to him,
soft, small, nameless fellow at the top of some weed,
enjoying his life.  If you can sing, do it.  If not,

even silence can feel, to the world, like happiness,
like praise,
from the pool of shade you have found beside the everlasting.

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, March 3, 2018


I believe in kindness.  Also in mischief.  Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Lilies -- as tall as ourselves and more lovely,
   and full of fragrance, and long orange tongues,
      and those playthings the bees -- stood in

a neighbor's yard, a thick, ramping
   hedge of them.  You could not help but see
      that to be beautiful is also to be simple

and brief; is to rise up and be glorious, and then vanish;
   is to be silent but as though a song was in you only it
      hasn't yet been heard . . . .

-- Mary Oliver

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The moon floats above the pine trees
as you sit on the veranda in the cool evening air.
Your fingertips move lightly along the flute.
The melody is so lovely that it makes the listeners weep.
But wisdom's flute has no holes
and its ancient clear music is beyond emotion.

-- Hsueh-tou (980-1052)

Saturday, February 10, 2018


The fact that children make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.

-- Cheryl Lavendar

Saturday, February 3, 2018


All of music is an attempt at communication between human hearts and minds; at the very minimum the creator reaches out to and through the performer, and both of them reach out to the listener . . .

-- Robert Shaw

Saturday, January 27, 2018


You and I are part of the universal orchestra that produces this music of heaven.  We are musicians as well as instruments.  When the essence of the Tao flows through us, soundless tones emerge to form a transcendent song.  This song is the purest expression of the soul.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 20, 2018


This music of heaven is not sound as we understand it.  In it we can find rhythm, melody, harmony, and other aspects typical of music, but it cannot be heard.  This music finds expression in the beauty of nature, the birth and death of stars and galaxies, and the simple dignity of human ideals.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Silence plays for you the song of serenity and the sounds of stillness without speakers or subwoofers, CD players or iPods, microphones or musical instruments.  What is melody after all, but a series of notes framing the space between them?  Perhaps it is as rock star Sting says:  silence may well be the ultimate music.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Unless you believe in divine revelations, what I'm saying will sound like nonsense, but I believe that when God created the world, he created everything, so music is something that already exists.  You just have to be very still and hear it.  Plato believed that was the case.  I'm not being over-pious if I say to God 'Guide me, help me.'  It's a kind of prayer, so therefore writing music is a kind of prayer.

-- Sir John Tavener