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Courageous Contemporary Music quotations
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.
Do I think all contemporary Christian music is good? No.
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.
Writing songs is about trying to connect with people on a deeper spiritual level - but I'm not a fan of contemporary Christian music.
I always like to play very contemporary concepts of swing right next to New Orleans music because it highlights continuum.
I am a classical music lover - not necessarily the contemporary stuff, but the old stuff.
The earth has music for those who listen.
All great music is contemporary. If it's still alive and kicking, then it's contemporary. If it fades away, it was a period piece. It had its moment, and that was it.
But Stacie Orrico was my childhood hero.
I was about 12 when I found her music. She is a contemporary Christian artist, and I can honestly tell you that I don't think I'd have a soulful voice if I didn't listen to Stacie. I wanted to sound just like her growing up, and to this day I STILL think I sound a little bit like her. But she is AMAZING!
I mean, people listen to music, and they like that, but I think in England, a lot of people don't like contemporary art.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera.
Words that in their everyday surrealism have no parallel in contemporary writing... Music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice
Underground electronic music is art - fundamentally it's based on contemporary art, culture, dance, and real music. If you look at EDM, how many of those cultural standpoints are the same?
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred.
We live in a modern world, and in contemporary music the central fact is contamination. Not the contamination of disease but the contamination of musical styles. If you find this in me, that is good.
They're great instrumentalists, singers and songwriters and they have this unique way of blending contemporary with traditional. The result is this beautiful mix of timeless music.
People are like Music, some speak the truth and other are just noise
It was a staggering moment when I first heard the news.
Lennon was a most talented man and above all, a gentle soul. John and his colleagues set a high standard by which contemporary music continues to be measured.
I've not been an admirer of contemporary music since punk rock went off the boil in 1977, but once a year I'll listen to 'Spiral Scratch' by the Buzzcocks, or 'Hippy Hippy Shake' by the Swinging Blue Jeans. Otherwise, I can put up with Chopin or shakuhachi flute in the background.
Thus, if a composer wants to produce music that is relevant to his contemporaries, his chief problem is not really musical, though it may seem to him to be so; it is a problem of attitude to contemporary society and culture in relation to the basic human problem of learning to be human.
Music is the emotional life of most people.
I have always personally preferred to think of what is more difficult for my instrument, and not what is the most natural or the easiest. I enjoy the challenges - especially those that come with composers who have written contemporary music for the recorder.
My work has been marginalized as far as the jazz-business complex is concerned, or the contemporary-music complex.
So when I got to be about 13 or 14, I started listening - even though my parents music was way cool - to contemporary hard rock at that time, which was Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and all that, and that's just where I came from.
One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.
Let my style capture all the sounds of my time.
This should make it an annoyance to my contemporaries. But later generations should hold it to their ears like a seashell in which there is the music of an ocean of mud.
I've always loved the blues, ever since I was a kid.
It has a depth to it that a lot of contemporary music doesn't have. It has pain and suffering in it, but funny stories, too. And it is built on storytelling, which is something I really love.
My mother was a classical pianist and my stepfather was an industrialist who was passionate about composing contemporary music.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
So many of the sounds that contemporary composers were trying to create were to be found in the traditional musics of the world. That was encouraging but also little daunting to think that you had to work so hard to be new and yet it was old.
One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture - some might say the supremely important aspect - is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past.
These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music.
They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Then, when the Depression came, all of this changed completely.
Since that time, the entire public is of a very different sort and there was not so much support for contemporary music in a direct way.
I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they do here because the state supported organizations have felt that playing contemporary music was part of the education of the public.
Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain
You know, I listen to contemporary music all the time.
When the Domaine Musical started up, I wasn't part of it.
They were the major players in contemporary music at that time, braodcasting old and new composers' work. And I wasn't one of them.
But you know in the contemporary art world, you pose a very interesting conundrum. All sorts of people collect very contemporary art, yet when it comes to the music which is analogous to that sort of art, they are not interested, or perhaps even hostile.
It is not that I don't like contemporary country music because I do.
I love it. I have recorded a lot and have had great success recording records that have not been very traditional country records.
Alfred Schnittke was an important contemporary composer, and he lived in Germany, but no one here has heard of him. Everyone has heard of Mozart, and many believe that he can still be found in that little house in Salzburg, which is why people stand there in line. I think that our music and our art belong to our era. If the public doesn't show up, it must be stupid.