What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?— Lara St. John
Delighting Popular Music quotations
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Never sound pompous. You always sound noble, noble. Absolute character of music is nobility. Even popular music can be noble, you see. If it's not noble, then it's not very good... Music is an art of emotion, of nobility, of dignity, of greatness, of love, of tenderness. All that must be brought out in music but never a show of pompousness.
If you can imagine a man having a vasectomy without anesthetic to the sound of frantic sitar-playing, you will have some idea of what popular Turkish music is like.
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 you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
Music was the one thing I could control.
It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didnt have to search for answers. The answers lay no further than the bell of my trumpet and my scrawled, pencilled scores. Music made me full, strong, popular, self-reliant and cool.
The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
Ask anyone. If it hadn't been for Elvis, I don't know where popular music would be. He was the one that started it all off, and he was definitely the start of it for me.
The world's most famous and popular language is music.
The Doors embodied—incarnated—a major upheaval in popular culture.
Their music was of the times and it shaped the times.
The earth has music for those who listen.
Making an album should be an honest experience.
It shouldn't be about trying to gauge where popular music is today; it should be about artistic expression and putting down what you want to put down.
Popular music had never had lyrical sophistication of this type [like Bob Dylan]; wit, to be sure, but "Darkness at the break of noon/Shadows even the silver spoon/The handmade blade, the child's balloon/Eclipses both the sun and moon/To understand you know too soon/ There is no sense in trying"? No.
I remember when I was very young, I read an article by Fats Domino which has really influenced me. He said, 'You should never sing the lyrics out very clearly.
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
Although we are being presented in Carnegie Hall, we have to furnish a budget for our guest stars, and for the music writing - which is a huge budget in any orchestra that plays popular music.
Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music.
Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!
People are like Music, some speak the truth and other are just noise
After people like Lennon and Dylan, I think David Bowie brought a very modernistic intelligence and the necessity for change. I think he was completely positive, certainly through one and a half decades of completely overriding influence, in the best of popular music, and I take my bloody hat off to him!
There's been a shift: Country music is popular music now.
Every other genre wants to come over to our land.
Popular music is popular because a lot of people like it.
Music is the emotional life of most people.
Music is for people. The word 'pop' is simply short for popular. It means that people like it. I'm just a normal jerk who happens to make music. As long as my brain and fingers work, I'm cool.
Explicit material is available in a variety of forums - from popular music to television to the Internet.
The doctor used to tell me that every person about to die becomes a music box playing the melody that best describes his life, his character, and his hopes. For some, it's a popular waltz; for others, a march.
One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.
I only knew classical music, which to me was the only true music.
The only way I could survive at the bar was to mix the classical music with popular songs, and that meant I had to sing. What happened was that I discovered I had a voice plus the talent to mix classical music together with more popular songs, which at the time I detested.
One of the things that's clear to me from interviews that I've read is that the more popular successful jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
I like musicianship, and it's quite lacking in most modern popular music.
You're always safe with old Chicago, the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, or Tower of Power.
Do not exchange your dignity for popularity.
James Brown and Frank Sinatra are two different quantities in the universe.
They represent two different experiences of the world.
Bob Geldof is a nauseating character.
Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music.
Teen pop will never die as long as there are teens and popular music.
It just takes a different head.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away. And the three men I admire most, The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, They caught the last train to the coast The day the music died.
Jazz is not the popular culture. Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music. A very small minority of people really love it.
You have to make a choice when you start to sing and decide whether you want to service the music, and be at the top of your art, or if you want to be a very popular tenor.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Contrary to popular opinion, classical music does not have to be enjoyed amid exclusive circles, there need not be any snobbishness attached to it. It's there for everyone. I play for the people.
Youth has many glories, but judgement is not one of them, and no amount of electronic amplification can turn a belch into an aria.
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.
Every now and again, the alternative culture is cherished by the mainstream for what it is, rather than how it should be, like the mainstream popular music.
There is no essential difference between classical and popular music.
Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote.