I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere... Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
Why is it so weird that somebody didn't recognize me?... The fact is that whenever I meet somebody, I say, 'Nice to meet you. I'm Julia.'
I think the popular music has gone truly weird. It's either cutesy-wutesy or it's hard, nasty stuff. It's good that this has life again with the youth.
I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.
Well, I was into music since I was a kid, ya know, back in Detroit. I say Detroit, but it was really a little suburb outside the city called Romeo.
Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug.
It's not what I do, but the way I do it. It's not what I say, but the way I say it.
I was not particularly bright, I wasn't very athletic, I was a little too tall, odd, funny looking, I was just really weird as a kid.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
Music is a great energizer. It's a language everybody knows.
Give me a laundry-list and I'll set it to music.
This deep feeling for the soul of common people; their life became the main impulse for musical improvisation before I learned the basics in piano.
The mountain music... is compelling music in its own right, harking back to a time when music was a part of everyday life and not something performed by celebrities.
I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction.
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
At home, we don't listen to our music-we listen to other people's music. It keeps you attached to the show business world.
I think it took me a while to convince Nashville that what I do is genuine and my heart's in the right place, and I love country music.
Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
Angels from their wisdom go still further. They say that not only every thing good and true is from the Lord, but every thing of life as well.
Zen says: Remain true to your freedom. And then a totally different kind of being arises in you, which is very unexpected, unpredictable.
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.