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Aaron Copland Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Aaron Copland

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A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland

 

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be,
"Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the
meaning is?" My answer to that would be,
"No."
- Aaron Copland

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Be the Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
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May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
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Always Sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Own Life.
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I am the Melody in the Symphony of My Life.
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May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
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There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

In Hungary all native music, in its origin,
is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.
- Franz Liszt

They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom
and any American could understand that.
- Audie Murphy

From a very early period of my life I have derived
the highest enjoyment from listening to music,
especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.
- James Nasmyth

Doing the instrumental thing, you're really looking
for the power of the melody to carry the record.
- Michael W. Smith

A good idea for lyrics and a melody to expand on.
- Gordon Waller

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you
about history is like expecting the composer of a melody
to provide answers about radio transmission.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I still have a passion for the music,
which is such a beautiful thing.
I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a
dream and have a melody in my head,
and run to my piano.
- Teena Marie

For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the
sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be.
So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
- Brian Eno

I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody.
Jimi Hendrix is still one of my heroes.
- Robert Cray

After all my years of doing instrumental music I still
like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy
melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
- Stanley Clarke

If you're going to start with melody you'll need some tympani,
I think.
- Gene Krupa

I do a so-called trip into myself: I sit down at the
piano and the melody might start to evolve from my
playing or then I might start to sing it.
- Enya

I really love writing themes and melody.
- Trevor Rabin

Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
- Joshua Logan

Hunter can write a melody and stuff like that,
but his forte is lyrics.
He can write a serviceable melody to hang his lyrics on,
and sometimes he comes up with something really nice.
- Jerry Garcia

I don't really have time to sit down and write.
But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it,
so I won't forget it.
- Britney Spears

I always write lyrics first and the rhythm and the
melody come from the lyrics.
It always comes from the lyrics: words have rhythm and words have melody.
- Ken Hensley

After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging
for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and
touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
- Lee Konitz

The writing of a melody is an emotional moment;
success doesn't make it easy.
- Enya

As long as I can say what it is that I need to say,
then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.
- Alanis Morissette

You always will be singing a song or humming a line or a melody.
- Dennis Brown

I'll have the music, and then I'll just turn the microphone on,
press Play and Record and sing.
And whatever comes out ends up being the melody.
- Phil Collins

Music is about textures as well as melody.
- Ken Hill

Not every song I write is ecstasy.
And it can happen only one time.
After that, when you sing the same melody and words,
it's pleasure, but you don't get wiped out.
- Paul Simon

One of the dumber things my manager said was,
Stick to the melody.
But I can't.
- Shawn Colvin

We knew that we wanted to play heavy music but I hadn't
gotten into melody and things like that.
- Adam Rich

Melody is a form of remembrance.
It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

If I get an idea for a song, I have a melody for it.
I'm a musician first.
I'm not limited by the fretboard.
- Brad Paisley

The thing is, in English I'm able to write the lyrics as I'm making the song,
once I'm done with the melody.
- Utada Hikaru

The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose
metre is one's biography,
joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking,
a waking island.
- Derek Walcott

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band.
We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band
that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.
- Adam Rich

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
- Pablo Casals

There is a lot of melody and things that sound familiar in hundreds of songs.
- Wayne Coyne

I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody.
I love the discipline of sitting in the studio,
writing and listening.
That is my domain.
- Enya

Great melody over great riffs is, to me,
the secret of it all.
- Steven Tyler

The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way
it is written the first time and then start to look
for other notes that aren't in the melody.
- Margaret Whiting

Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody,
ultimately.
- Gerry Mulligan

In the past, I'd sort of know before Ozzy sang something,
what he was going to sing.
I'd know what sort of way a melody was going to go
'cause of the way he'd approach it.
- Tony Iommi

Music is the melody whose text is the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody,
and other times I would start from scratch.
Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
- Carly Simon

There's usually a rhythm and a melody in my head,
and that creates an emotional state.
- Stephan Jenkins

All my music is very simple in that melody is usually clearly stated.
- Carter Burwell

My sense of divine brings with it a strange sound of music with its glories,
a marvellous melody sounding like a multitude of flutes.
- Paul Twitchell

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs.
He would rework the melody and lyrics,
and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
- John Mellencamp

It's a combination of melody and lyrics,
not one without the other.
It's a confluence of these different elements that
makes something powerful.
- Michael Bolton

Vivid images are like a beautiful melody that speaks
to you on an emotional level.
It bypasses your logic centers and even your intellect
and goes to a different part of the brain.
- Steven Bochco

Writing a simple melody can take weeks to get it right where I want it,
but I do quite enjoy it.
- Trevor Rabin

I'll just start laying out the melody exactly where I want it to fall.
And then I'll go back and fill it out.
Whereas, in other pieces I'm really just going a couple bars at a time.
- Danny Elfman

Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs
to have a principal theme,
I search for a melody.
- Michel Legrand

In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man,
and I put my first band together for one year,
named Melody Fair.
- Andy Gibb

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

My voice is my improvisational instrument,
the melody instrument.
The guitar is harmonic structure.
I'm not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it.
- Paul Simon

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Never be ashamed to write a melody that people remember.
- Burt Bacharach

But when you get to a song, not only do you have to do a vocal melody,
you have to write words and not be redundant and make
some semblance of a story.
- Glenn Danzig

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual
becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting,
any more than it has any reason for ending.
- Igor Stravinsky

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms


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