Posts Tagged ‘music’

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?

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?

Sir Simon Rattle about being a Musician

Posted in Quote, Sir Simon Rattle on September 18th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

From alcohol yesterday to another drug habit today:

It’s an unkickable drug habit. And I’m happy to be a junky till the end of my days.

Sir Simon Rattle

I never thought of using a word like “thrilling” in conjunction with a documentary. Until I watched TRIP TO ASIA. This film is about a concert tour by the Berliner Philharmoniker of six cities in Asia. But the tour itself is just the story angle for getting deeper into the characteristics of an orchestra musician’s life and especially the differences between the Berliner Philharmoniker and other orchestras.

The film consists of many very personal interviews with members of the orchestra and with its artistic director Sir Simon Rattle. Many of these personal confessions of the musicians go straight to my heart. In one of these interviews Sir Simon is talking about “the sensation of what goes on between a conductor and that group of people [the orchestra]” which is leading to his statement about his personal drug habit cited above. But I think this is transferable to being a musician or music in general.

What about you? Is there a kind of obsession you would describe as drug habit? And are you happy to be a junky till the end of your days, too?