So much better than anything I could’ve ever written in this space. (Don’t worry, I’ll try at the end…hey, would you expect anything less? ;) ) And you may not even necessarily agree with all of these, but at the very least, they spark the intellect; and with some of them, hopefully the heart. Oh, and I basically wrote this whole post in order to put this first quote in:
  • “There’s only two kinds of music: good and bad. If it sounds good, don’t worry about what it is; just enjoy it.” –Louis Armstrong
  • “Music is melody.” –Johann Sebastian Bach
  • “Melodies should feel inevitable.” –Bono
  • “When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” –R. Buckminster Fuller, engineer, designer, and architect
  • “It may take talent to play fast, but it takes soul to slow down and say something…..” –Kenny Blue Ray
  • “After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own.” –Oscar Wilde
  • “There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” –Johann Sebastian Bach
  • “I don’t personally see my work as being dark. What interests me is a balance between light and dark.” –Carter Burwell

(Break due to inundation of musical genius.)

  • “So where does all music come from — be it hip-hop or rock ‘n’ roll? I don’t know. But I do know that all music is praise. It’s praise to the god of your making. Which, in the case of a rock star, might be oneself. Or a woman. Or an idea.” –Bono
  • “Johnny Cash doesn’t sing to the damned, he sings with the damned, and sometimes you feel he might prefer their company.” –Bono, again. Sorry, say what you want about him, but some crazy rad things sometimes come out of his mouth.
  • “If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.” --Don Marquis
  • “The way you write music is at once humdrum — there’s a fridge in the corner with apples and a bottle of milk, and there’s a fax machine — and at the same time you’re waiting for a miracle, or else it’s just the sum of the parts.” –Paul Hewson ( ;) )
  • “Music…which fills the soul with a thousand things greater than words…” –Felix Mendelssohn
  • “We’re not very religious people, but we are believers. And we believe in God, but we find it very uncomfortable to see what religion has turned God into.” –Edge. Okay, that one’s not about music, but it unfortunately rings a little too true sometimes, and at the very least, is quite historically accurate.
  • “There are no such things as wrong notes, there’s only the look on your face.” –Anonymous
  • “Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can’t do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen.” –Keith Richards

(Break as I realize that some of these people have said in one sentence what I’ve been trying to say for 3 years.)

  • “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” –Leonard Bernstein
  • “Tone is a journey.” –MIke Huffman
  • “Turn my delay off? I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question.” --All guitarists
  • “It just so easily could have gone into the whole big rock guitar part there, and there’s something incredibly satisfying at the end of that tune, by…doing the complete opposite.” –Edge
  • “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” –Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “When you sing, you have to open yourself up, you have to be raw. And you have to reveal yourself, and sometimes it’s very difficult for me to listen to that back, because it might not be as macho as you see yourself.” –Bono
  • The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another… and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.” –Leonard Bernstein

And then lastly, for my part, well…some folks have been requesting the full song, and I wanted to make sure I got across that there’s a short story e-book to which this song is a soundtrack. So, here’s the full version, with pieces of the story appearing from time to time. :) Or skip it and go read Bach’s quotes again. That may be what I’d do.

Soundtracks & Stories I: She Ran
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And, lastly…what’s the point of talking about music, without listening to the songs that evoke the feelings for which the quotes were written: