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Musicians Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Musicians

Please enjoy these Musicians Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington

Related topics: Music

Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

Today jazz is still very much alive.
Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.
- Toots Thielemans

 

The world is full of musicians who can play great,
and you wouldn't cross the road to see them.
It's people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
- Nick Lowe

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians.
We had serious roots that spanned different cultures,
obviously the blues.
- Jimmy Page

Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general.
- Lionel Hampton

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There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
- Dave Van Ronk

I think musicians and artists are the most philanthropic people I know.
Their charity record of the music business would hold
up to the work of anybody.
- Glenn Frey

Since music has never had a Rembrandt,
we have remained nothing more than musicians.
- Morton Feldman

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

I think most musicians do like to have a laugh.
- Neil Innes

I meet many people, I talk with them,
like a TV show host.
I show what's going on with Greenpeace,
interesing political things, I have artists,
musicians and bands.
- Nina Hagen

Even my family laughed at me because they thought this
young guy who's always stuttering in front of other
people should be in front of 100 musicians and talk
to them and leading them.
- Kurt Masur

Everything I do is collaborative.
It's just my way.
I'm really very interested in how the other musicians perceive the song.
- Cassandra Wilson

I lived in an area where there were a lot of rock musicians,
and we got together regularly in our studios.
- Ken Hensley

It's my fault in many cases because I don't initiate
the contact to talk with a lot of other musicians.
- Frank Morgan

Regardless of who originally made it popular,
any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and
imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

I thought I had swell ideas, and wonderful musicians,
but the hell of it, no one else did.
- Glenn Miller

I'm an engineer.
I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers...
They use my tools.
- Robert Moog

I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age.
Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long,
long time.
- Bonnie Raitt

All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
- Thelonious Monk

No, I've heard over the years that it's nice for them
to see somebody who's like,
you know, a well-known successful musician who's Asian.
I've heard it from a few musicians, too.
- James Iha

I don't take compliments very easily.
I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.
- James Taylor

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people
whose works I admire as actors or actresses,
or musicians.
And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors.
- Laura Bush

Serious musicians are finding it harder and harder
to have a voice in the world of music these days.
- Kevin Eubanks

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

Because my musical training has been limited,
I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.
- Neil Diamond

There's a lot of good musicians who are unheard of.
Get it down before they pass away.
- Brownie McGhee

Yes, but the great thing about all the people -
and I don't think there is any exception -
who I've worked with is they've all been very,
very talented musicians.
- Joan Armatrading

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity,
for creating something that's never been before,
the art form of jazz will flourish.
- Charlie Haden

I talk to people who are musicians, and they go,
Oh this is hell.
And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof,
did ya?
- Chris Isaak

Like family, we are tied to each other.
This is what all good musicians understand.
- Billy Joel

You know, musicians aren't very stable,
in case you hadn't noticed.
- Josh Silver

There are a lot better musicians than me out there
that just haven't had the luck to fall into everything like I have.
- Glenn Tipton

I came together with younger musicians and tried to
pass on my own experiences.
In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

When we started making electronic music I imagined
that the reaction we got from the rock musicians must
have been similar to the one the beat groups got from people like my dad.
- Trevor Horn

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools
module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
- Colin Greenwood

My older brother and myself always played together in bands,
but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
- Wynton Marsalis

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
- Kenneth Rexroth

Musicians can run this state better than politicians.
We won't get a lot done in the mornings,
but we'll work late and be honest.
- Kinky Friedman

Even though I have often recorded alone,
I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
- John Fogerty

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians
to keep moving and changing,
to keep spiritually hungry and horny,
that's what it's all about.
- Carlos Santana

I only choose musicians who I think will emerge,
can emerge, with their own character,
while still going along with the tune in question.
- Robert Wyatt

And I'm always interested when other musicians are
trying to discover new worlds of sound.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

When you keep the caliber of musicians very high in the band,
people are going to come and go.
Some of them will be people who have to try various things,
it's natural.
- Kathy Mattea

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
- Travis Barker

I think we musicians are emissaries.
Every time we go before the public, we're there to make converts.
- Hazel Scott

I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians.
First of all, you have to be a musician in order to
make music with a synthesizer.
- Robert Moog

Visible Faith is an expression of my Christian faith
which must be visible to be real!
I gave the name to the collection of musicians who
worked with me on the record.
- Ken Hensley

We're not spokespeople, we're musicians.
- Ed O'Brien

When it comes to musicians, I'm like the daddy of musicians here in Cuba.
- Compay Segundo

You can have all sorts of relationships,
but there's something with musicians working together
where you can have relationship that can just continue
to grow in a beautiful way.
- Beth Orton

In The Doors we have both musicians and poets,
and both know of each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis.
- Robby Krieger

Both of my parents were musicians.
- Bryan White

The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
It carries a message, and we, the musicians,
are the messengers.
- Roy Ayers

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold,
there were all kinds of young musicians,
talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz.
- Gunther Schuller

When I heard Monk in person in 1955,
he was playing with a quartet in a small club.
The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.
- Steve Lacy

Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something,
the first encounter, not only with the public,
with other musicians, with specialists,
etc, was that they rejected it.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people
in themselves in the world.
Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11,
unfortunately it's gone.
- Andrea Corr

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions,
most of the musicians that I've worked with have done
their best work by far with me.
- David Bowie

It keeps me in touch with younger musicians who are constantly saying,
'Have you heard this new artist, or this new guitar
player?' It keeps you reaching.
- Gary Burton

We were brash young fellows'.
I was always hanging with the older crowd anyway.
The musicians were the Hip Cats, and I was hanging with them anyway.
I Just started out real early.
- Bootsy Collins

I guess the majority of people who want to ban certain
musicians are the ones who are so proud of everything America stands for.
- Stephen Malkmus

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes?
The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time
to is the creation and performance of music itself.
- Billy Joel

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out,
to share your love or pain with others.
- James Taylor

When we came into the studio I became more and more me,
making the tracks and choosing the musicians,
partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge,
Artie wasn't there.
- Paul Simon

We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the
same top ten tunes every night of a tour.
- Oscar Peterson


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