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Singing beautiful melodies is one thing,
by Maureen Forrester

Singing beautiful melodies is one thing,
but to deliver the text so that the people understand it,
even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
- Maureen Forrester

I have had five phenomenal children,
a great husband and,
even though we are separated, we are good friends.
- Maureen Forrester

I have three grandchildren and am hoping for 20.
- Maureen Forrester

My book has a lot of parts of my life that people don't know about.
- Maureen Forrester

 

Another turn in my life happened when I took on the Canada Council.
- Maureen Forrester

It makes one a better person to have had hardships
and to have overcome hardships and not to blame anybody else for your mistakes.
- Maureen Forrester

I have been all over the world.
I have met some wonderful people, lots of them very simple,
whom nobody will ever hear about, but who have been fabulous to me.
- Maureen Forrester

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Making a living in the arts, though,
creates so many jobs for other people.
- Maureen Forrester

After Bruno Walter, my career went in leaps and bounds.
I have had 35 years of a career that is just incredible,
and a wonderful time all over the world.
- Maureen Forrester

If somebody asks me to recommend a young,
good singer, I always do.
- Maureen Forrester

I was born in Montreal and came from a lower-middle-class family.
- Maureen Forrester

I had a wonderful childhood, but I was a wanderer from year one.
- Maureen Forrester

Perhaps, once I am gone, the one thing I might be remembered
for is having sung a great deal of Mahler with a great
many phenomenal conductors.
It is wonderful music, very spiritual.
- Maureen Forrester

Young people can get very discouraged and get hooked
on drugs or on alcohol because of problems they perceive as insurmountable.
It is important that they realize a mistake need not ruin their future,
but they must also know that not everything in life is a bed of roses.
- Maureen Forrester

When I started to sing, my mother would have me engaged
to perform at the Women's Christian Temperance Union
national or annual meetings.
I would hate doing this because I wanted to play baseball or go off skiing.
- Maureen Forrester

That is what I always tell service clubs:
If you hear of somebody who is very young and talented,
pick them up and give them that little assistance to
make sure that they get to the professional stage.
- Maureen Forrester

By the time I was four, I would walk around the corner
and wait at a local streetcar stop,
get on the streetcar with somebody who looked like
they could be my mother and go to the end of the line.
- Maureen Forrester

I thought I should go to New York because it was the place to go to study.
I went and tried to get an application from the Juilliard
School but they wouldn't even give me one because I
didn't have my high school graduation.
- Maureen Forrester

My mother was a wonderful, wonderful woman with a lovely
voice who hated housework,
hated cooking even more and loved her children.
She was always arranging church activities such as a bazaar.
- Maureen Forrester

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

If I keep a green bough in my heart the singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh,
how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.
- Rudyard Kipling

The only thing better than singing is more singing.
- Ella Fitzgerald

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation.
It gets the hurt out in the open into the light,
out of the darkness.
- Reba McEntire

I remember when the candle shop burned down.
Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'
- Steven Wright

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

There were wonderful moments when I was singing for
the first time in the Olympia Theatre and I was pregnant with my son,
which was very, very strange for a singer.
- Nana Mouskouri

There are a lot of unseen elements to having a successful singing career.
- Lesley Garrett

Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin.
- Jean Philippe Rameau

Music is the greatest communication in the world.
Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in,
they still know good music when they hear it.
- Lou Rawls

I came out singing, the doctor slapped me on the head,
and I started singing.
- Keith David

The fact is that the learning process goes on,
and so long as the voices are not stilled and the singers
go on singing some of it gets through.
- Morris West

We didn't have movies in this little mining town.
When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie,
with people singing and dancing, and that was it.
- Margot Kidder

I used to cry myself to sleep every night.
I missed singing so much.
And performing.
Man, I missed it so much.
- Ronnie Spector

You're gonna have to learn to get out there in front
of those cameras and hold your head up.
Take charge when you're singing.
- Patsy Cline

This nation loves singing and loves acting.
- Kate Smith

I started singing at the Met when I was seven,
and the competition was so fierce that it really prepared me.
- Emily Rossum

I don't want the giant ego.
I don't want to become Kevin Costner,
singing on the soundtrack to The Postman.
- Joss Whedon

I grew up in a community that was bilingual.
I've done it for a while, singing in both languages.
- Jon Secada

I learned so much about recording and about singing
on records from Ken Nelson.
- Wanda Jackson

I would much rather be a better mother or better human
being than I would be a singer.
Fortunately for me singing makes me a living.
- Tanya Tucker

I was singing about six notes higher than I had to,
in a range that kept me up in a bubblegum sound.
- Nancy Sinatra

I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now,
but I'm actually a little indignant,
because I started taking singing lessons years ago -
I put the time in!
- Marisa Tomei

I can't imagine actually singing on this show like I did on 'Felicity,'
but it would be kind of funny.
- Amy Jo Johnson

I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn,
the trumpet and the cello.
- Roger Bannister

Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient,
and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song.
- Zoltan Kodaly

It is difficult to produce a television documentary
that is both incisive and probing when every twelve
minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits
singing about toilet paper.
- Rod Serling

It happens to the best of them.
You lay off singing and your throat gets out of practice.
No excuses.
I blew it.
- Bobby Darin

My heart is singing for joy this morning!
A miracle has happened!
The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind,
and behold, all things are changed!
- Anne Sullivan

My parents wanted me to be a lawyer.
But I don't think I would have been very happy.
I'd be in front of the jury singing.
- Jennifer Lopez

Now my music is kind of pop-rock, right? If I'm 25 and singing still,
I don't want to be singing music like that.
- Hilary Duff

I was a drummer, and I did a little singing too.
- Lou Gramm

I will confess I did none of my own singing.
I did all my own costume and makeup,
though.
- Gary Cole

I wanted to bring back that big, ballad type of music
that we used to love so much.
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, when they first came out,
that's what I grew up singing.
- LaToya London

Now I'm more sure and I feel myself more comfortable singing.
- Andrea Bocelli

Singing is an arduous business and it needs sacrifices.
- Lesley Garrett

In opera, there is always too much singing.
- Claude Debussy

When I was singing Jamie's Cryin', people were going
out of their mind because it was the first time they got to see Eddie,
Michael and Alex play those songs.
That was a thrill.
- Gary Cherone

I hated singing.
I wanted to be an actress.
But I don't think I'd have made it any other way.
- Barbra Streisand

I have done so much: modeling, acting,
singing, the calendar, the lingerie line,
and there have been times where I have wanted to give up but I went for it.
- Caprice Bourret

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

I don't like singing before noon.
- Sting

The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now,
man, for more years than I know.
I got it from them.
- Elvis Presley

Love, I find, is like singing.
Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves,
though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.
- Zora Neale Hurston

I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling,
I'm happy again.
- Arthur Freed

My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud.
It was this wild kind of singing.
I count her among my influences.
- Cassandra Wilson

In fact, people have been very complimentary about
my act and very tolerant of my singing ability.
- Brett Somers

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me.
It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
- David Friedman

I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York.
I said, Something is going on here.
- Alain Resnais

There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer.
- Walter Savage Landor


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