Musician Quotes

 I love a ballad, mellow and blue, I love songs I believe in while I sing to you. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. 
Author: Duke Ellington
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1899  - d. 24 May 1974
  
 Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is. 
Author: Duke Ellington
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1899  - d. 24 May 1974
  
 Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 This interesting factoid: in addition to 200 million Vista users with the 4 note splash, an extract from the Soundscapesí Vista sessions is estimated to strike up 91% of 32 trillion times on the new MS Mail programme this year. So, one of the planetís least popular music forms will also be the planetís most sounded in 2008. This has to be some kind of a record. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls on unlikely characters to give it voice. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Equilibrium is not static. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 According to USA today, the average length of an attention span of a man in America is 23 minutes. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 And if you are playing in several meters at once, there has to be a - not a rigid - but there definitely has to be a reference to a common pulse in the band. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 But above that, most mature adults can hold their attention on something for 45 minutes, whether they like it or not. But above that requires training. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade the members of what I see to be the next course of action, how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people. It is not possible. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not? 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 If you are playing repertoire material, you're stuck. There's not huge amounts you can do.  
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Michael Giles the first drummer of King Crimson, never agreed to the name King Crimson. But then, if you'd knew Michael, you would know he didn't agree to the album cover either. So maybe Michael didn't agree to the point of definition with many things. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Music can be transformative, utterly transformative. The act of music is utterly transformative. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Now, if King Crimson accepts responsibility for innovating its own tradition, you can't accept responsibility for the audience. And there is an enormous tangible weight of expectation, which comes from an audience attending a King Crimson concert. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn't hear what is going on, is it going on or not? 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Then certainly for a musician timing becomes something that is immediately accessible as a concept, because it's a necessity in ones everyday performance. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 To me, Bill's musical heart is in Earthworks, in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 What is necessary is possible, what we want is expensive. What is unnecessary is unlikely. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 I think he felt that in order for me to be eligible for his constant companionship, I should have a title. So he called me Duke. 
Author: Duke Ellington
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1899  - d. 24 May 1974
  
 Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be famous too young. 
Author: Duke Ellington
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1899  - d. 24 May 1974
  
 As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look - if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long because I went into show business. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I was still in school at the time and Cab was very popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I'm used to hearing myself. My own voice. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 It taught me something. It taught you your craft. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000 people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  




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