Saturday, December 26, 2020

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, December 19, 2020

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

Maya Angelou

Saturday, December 12, 2020

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:  music and cats.

-- Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, December 5, 2020

That's why people listen to music or look at paintings.  To get in touch with that wholeness.

-- Corita Kent

Saturday, November 28, 2020

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 21, 2020

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

Saturday, November 14, 2020

I love the relationship that anyone has with music . . . because there's something in us that's 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, November 7, 2020

When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

-- Alan Watts

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Music is a language that doesn't speak in particular words.  It speaks in emotions, and if it's in the bones, it's in the bones.

-- Keith Richards

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

-- Bruce Springsteen

Saturday, October 17, 2020

I had accepted the idea that the purpose of music is to sober and quiet the mind, thus making one susceptible to divine influences.

-- John Cage

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The experience of transcending the ego and losing the self in music extends to the listener as well as the creator.  Composers and artists have the power to transport the listener to ecstatic states that many have described as an experience of union of the self with a higher power.

-- Richard Wolf

Saturday, October 3, 2020

We often think of silence as an absence of sound, but silence is the presence of nonsound that incubates the potentialities of sound.  We think of stillness as an absence of movement, but it is actually the presence of the ground of being.  We think of peace as the absence of conflict, but it is the presence of a pure and pleasing calm: a relaxed and liberated awareness.

-- Richard Wolf

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

-- Leonard Bernstein

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

-- Robert Browning

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

-- Martin Luther

Saturday, September 5, 2020

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

-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Where words fail, music speaks.

-- Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Music can be a bridge between body and mind, the primitive and refined, the material and immaterial.  And it can also be a bridge to a more expansive awareness and a more harmonious way of life.

-- Richard Wolf

Saturday, July 25, 2020

I am
a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through --
listen to this


Saturday, July 18, 2020

I think when choral music is done at its highest level, when we eliminate all of the things that will distract the human mind and ear and enable people to hear the full beauty of the music and power of that text, it can become an inspiration for people to live live that are full of more happiness, more hope, and more love.

-- Anton Armstrong

Saturday, July 11, 2020

I hope the people who have heard our music were touched and, if we really did our jobs well, left as transformed human beings -- a bit kinder, gentler, and with more hope in their lives to address the challenges that they're facing.

-- Anton Armstrong

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.

-- Sir Thomas Beecham

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back.  Those who wish to sing always find a song.

-- Plato

Saturday, June 20, 2020

When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.

-- Rumi

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The Earth has music for those who listen.

-- George Santayana

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Music in the Soul can be heard by the Universe.

-- Lao Tzu

Saturday, May 30, 2020

God sends each person into this world with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing, with a special act of love to bestow.

-- John Powell

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The art of life is to make another Soul vibrate with a song of Joy.

-- Edwin Leibfreed

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Music is the vernacular of the human Soul.

-- Geoffrey Latham

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Music without words means leaving behind the mind.  And leaving behind music is meditation.  And the source of all is sound.

-- Kabir

Saturday, May 2, 2020

And your body is the harp of your Soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it, or confused sounds.

-- Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Music is well said to be the speech of Angels, in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so Divine.  It brings us near to the infinite.

-- Thomas Carlyle

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Art and music are two of the most powerful healing forces in the Universe.

-- Rosanne Cash

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Music can change the world because it can change people.

-- Bono

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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

-- Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Music is a therapy; it is good for those who write it, those who study it, those who direct it, those who perform it, and finally those who listen to it.  If everyone sang in a choir or played in an orchestra, perhaps the world would be a more enjoyable and harmonious place to live in.

-- Ivo Antognini

Saturday, March 21, 2020

I am conviced that by listening to music we can reach a level of feeling where the spirit rises as in no other circumstance.

-- Ivo Antognini

Saturday, March 14, 2020

We must be able to show that MUSIC, the divine art, is more than the mere search of formal perfection and interpretative beauty, music should serve to extol the values of solidarity, peace, and understanding.  We cannot work isolated, we have to make all possible efforts to have our voices heard and to let music work its own paths of communication.

-- opening statement of World Choral Day, 1990

Saturday, March 7, 2020

It is time to show, with more power and strength, that our choral family contributes, through music, to break down the artificial barriers product of politics, different ideologies, religious differences, and racial hatred that separate human beings.

-- opening statement from World Choral Day, 1990

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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

-- Pablo Casals

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Music can change the world because it can change people.

-- Bono

Saturday, February 15, 2020

If it weren't for music, I would think that love is mortal.

-- Mark Helprin

Saturday, February 8, 2020

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

-- Johann Sebastian Bach

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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

-- Maria von Trapp

Saturday, January 25, 2020

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, January 18, 2020

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

-- Sarah Dessen

Saturday, January 11, 2020

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, January 4, 2020

The way that the world is going, we're going to need more musicians.  Music and the arts are the most healing things in the world.

-- Dan DeLuca