It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people— Woody Guthrie
Whopping Folk Music quotations
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
Once over there [Balkans], I felt extremely patriotic.
Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music.
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.
If songs were lines in a conversation, the situation would be fine . . .
Folk melodies are the embodiment of an artistic perfection of the highest order;
in fact, they are models of the way in which a musical idea can be expressed with utmost perfection in terms of brevity of form and simplicity of means.
Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music.
Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
What I'm doing is basically the same as Bob Dylan did with folk songs and Woody Guthrie songs, the same as folk music's always done. I'm not going to sing about ploughing, but I'll write a song that sounds like it should be about ploughing.
You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
Jazz I regard as an American folk music;
not the only one, but a very powerful one which is probably in the blood and feeling of the American people more than any other style of folk music.
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
Rock ’n roll is really swing with a modern name.
It began on the levees and plantations, took in folk songs, and features blues and rhythm. It's the rhythm that gets to the kids – they're starved of music they can dance to, after all those years of crooners.
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
Everyone has their own sound, and if you're heard enough, folks will come to recognize it. Style however, is a different thing. Try to express your own ideas. It's much more difficult to do, but the rewards are there if you're good enough to pull it off.
The earth has music for those who listen.
Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
That ideology was never going to work, was it? It was just cobbled together from different beliefs: The anti-intellectualism of the Khmer Rouge, the religious persecution of the Nazis, the enforced beard-wearing from the world of folk music, and the segregation and humiliation of women from the world of golf.
Folk music is a bunch of fat people.
People are like Music, some speak the truth and other are just noise
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
I became interested in folk music because I had to make it somehow.
I think folk music helps reinforce your sense of history.
An old song makes you think of times gone by.
Music is the emotional life of most people.
You've got to go down the road you naturally go down, and for me it was pop, folk country, just feel-good music. I suppose most of my songs are very up-tempo.
There's a similarity between European and North African folk musics.
Folk music isn't owned by anybody. It is owned by everybody, like the national parks, the postal system, and the school system. It's our common property. There is nobody's name on it. Nobody can make money on it. It's not copywritten.
One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.
Noise has taken the place of punk rock.
People who play noise have no real aspirations to being part of the mainstream culture. Punk has been co-opted, and this subterranean noise music and the avant-garde folk scene have replaced it
Folk music is the original melody of man; it is the musical mirror of the world.
It was around that time, early 60s. There were like three kindred spirits in New Jersey. I had two friends who played folk music, old-time music and bluegrass and we started a little band called the Garret Mountain Boys.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I grew up around music. My father was a professional musician. We used to have a trailer house that we travelled in. I've always loved music. Started out loving to sing to the standards and songs of the early 50s, then that interest shifted to rock and roll, Motown, folk.
It seems to me that the American popular song, growing out of American folk music, is the basis of the American musical theater… it is quite legitimate to use the form of the popular song and gradually fill it out with new musical content.
(a womanist) 3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and am a product of a family that were jazz aficionados and also very interested in progressive politics. And so I had a lot of artists and musicians in my home. Lots of Latin music, folk, and jazz and blues, bluegrass-type of stuff. Painters and stuff like that.
There's always something in most world folk musics that always seems connected;
whether it's a bagpipe or a tambura, there's always some sort of drone instrument, and there's always percussion.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
The local music community here was dying for a place to record, so we started doing acoustic, folk and bluegrass and then did rock projects for other bands, as well as for my son Tal and my own work.
My job, is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.
I play Irish popular music, yeah? Calling it folk is like putting it in a box.
It's a living tradition, you know?
Folk Music is the map of singing.
Mostly folk music is people with fruity voices trying to keep alive something old and dead. It's all a bit boring, like ballet: a minority thing kept going by a minority group.