As an artist, you dream about accumulating enough successful music to someday do just one greatest-hits album, but to reach the point where you're releasing your second collection of hits is beyond belief.
My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.
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.
I'm just experimenting with every different type of music you can imagine and seeing where my voice lies and what sounds best. I think when I do finally do the album it will be very eclectic - just loads of different stuff on it. That's what I am hoping.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
I listened to the rock music of that time, but as you know and can easily hear: my music of that era had nothing to do with the common music of this era. I was experimenting, I was searching for something new.
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
I didn't put out this album because I wanted everybody to know I was grown up. I'm 21 and that's not grown up.
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.
I love music and musicians. And seeing great artists dropped from labels was really frustrating and sad to me.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
I never had many problems to do my music and to give it to a record company. Rarely do they try to argue with me about my music, probably because it's still too far-out.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age.
I like to make music, I like rap music. Even if I'm white, I support that music. If I want to support it or any other white kid wants to support it more power to them.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin, - seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.
I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings.
The century of airplanes has a right to its own music.