End of Experiment

Posted in John Miles, Quote on October 3rd, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

For the last post on this blog again one about music:

Music was my first love
and it will be my last.

John Miles

Merely 17 days after the first post on this blog I determine this experiment. It was a good experience with many new insights for me. But above all I realized that everything you do with devotion needs time and energy. And this time and enrgy is misssing at another place.

This quote from the song “Music” by John Miles is something like a life motto to me. And this motto is the reason why I want to save my time and energy. Every minute I spend for researching quotes and photos and blogging is missing for composing and playing music.

So I have to sacrifice this blog for my love. I apologize for this to my readers, sorry guys!

George Bernard Shaw about Music, Alcohol and Hell

Posted in George Bernard Shaw, Quote on October 2nd, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

Once again one about drug habit:

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.

George Bernard Shaw

Again a quote that characterizes playing music as a drug habit. This time for enduring the pains of hell. But one could read the first part of this quote in a different, not very kind way towards musical amateurs: For me as a professional musician sometimes listening to musical amateurs is like hell. Sorry, no harm intended! ;-)

I have to admit: music is also for me my “eternal brandy”! :-)

What about you? Is music like brandy to you? Which kind of brandy would you prefer in hell? What means hell to you? And is music also your salvation from hell?

Albert Einstein about Imagination, Knowledge and Limitation

Posted in Albert Einstein, Quote on October 1st, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

Another one concerning Imagination:

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein
As quoted in “What Life Means to Einstein : An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck” in The Saturday Evening Post Vol. 202 (26 October 1929), p. 117

At first glance this statement seems to be very amazing from a man to whom we owe such a huge amount of knowledge. But at the same time this reveals the secret of extending knowledge. Again it’s very closely related to courage: the courage to think, what nowbody knows yet.

What about you? Do you merely rely on your knowledge? Or do you trust also in the power of your imagination?

Aldous Huxley about Expression, Music ans Silence

Posted in Aldous Huxley, Quote on September 30th, 2009 by Dave – 2 Comments

For the last day of the month a very beautiful one about music:

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

Aldous Huxley, Music at Night, 1931

I think it’s disputable whether silence or music is more suitable for expressing what is inexpressible by words. Anyway, music is beyond doubt one of the best ways for expressing emotions and feelings. It is an universal language beyond all language barriers. It never ceases to amaze me, how touching music can be.

What about you? Are you able to decode the language of music? Do you agree with Mr Huxley? How are you touched by music?

Frank Zappa about Norm, Deviation and Progress

Posted in Frank Zappa, Quote on September 29th, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

From a man who knows very well about deviation from the norm in music:

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa

Norm and deviation are a pivotal subject in my life. Normative forces in society are very strong and it’s not easy to free yourself from them. But the knowledge, that personal development is impossible without deviation from the norm, is disturbing and comforting at the same time.

What about you? How much are you deviating from the norm? Do you think about your personal development? And what are your conclusions?

Henry David Thoreau about the World and Imagination

Posted in Henry David Thoreau, Quote on September 28th, 2009 by Dave – 2 Comments

What could be more suitable for the beginning of the week than a quote about imagination?

This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

Henry David Thoreau

I like this canvas metaphor very much! It leads to comparing life to an oil painting: painted layer by layer in a long process including the opportunity if change in any state, never definitely finished. Just the upper layer is visible, but the whole personality consisting of all layers – visible and invisible.

What about you? How are you painting your imaginations onto the canvas of the world? Are you good in painting?

Pythagoras about Silence, Meaning and Words

Posted in Pythagoras, Quote on September 27th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment


Silence is better than unmeaning words.


Nothing to add.

Winston Churchill about Success, Failure and Courage

Posted in Quote, Winston Churchill on September 25th, 2009 by Dave – 10 Comments

His famous “no sports!” quote seems to be unsourced, this one however seems to be an authentic one:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

The great danger of success is that it may mislead you to resting on your laurels. Hence it’s a good clue that success is always just temporarily. But it’s also comforting, that no failure is as fatal as it may seem to be at first glance. And I like Churchill’s conclusion, that the courage to continue ist the key to continuos success.

What about you? How are you rating success and failure? Do you always have the courage to continue?

Steve Jobs about Innovation, Leaders and Followers

Posted in Quote, Steve Jobs on September 24th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

Today a quote from a man who definitely knows about being a leader:

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

The biography of Steve Jobs is really outstanding. His life is closely related to the history of the famous companies Apple Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios. Both companies stand for innovation. Steve Jobs always believed in his visions. This was the reason, why he became a leader.

What about you? Do you benefit from the products of one of the above mentioned companies? What is your attitude towards innovation or being a leader?

Sir Simon Rattle about the Berliner Philharmoniker and Berlin

Posted in Quote, Sir Simon Rattle on September 23rd, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

Again a statement by Sir Simon Rattle:

This orchestra thinks and responds incredibly quickly, every single musician. They’re never standing still. Maybe it’s because this city, Berlin, functions that way too.

Sir Simon Rattle

I totally agree with his analysis of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This orchestra is really outstanding! But I entertain doubts about the reason. It the way Berlin functions was the reason, why are the other orchestras in the city not as exceptional as the Berliner Philharmoniker?

What about you? Have you ever listened to the Berliner Philharmoniker? If not, you should absolutely do so! What about Berlin? Have you ever been there? How do you like it?