I never took sheet music seriously. I could do better myself just by listening to other people and using my own intuition.— Brian May
Astounding Sheet Music quotations
I can't read sheet music, I have to just listen to it, and then just go for it.
I compose my own stuff. I've been writing songs with words. I've been playing more on the keyboard because I can transpose it to sheet music on the computer.
Touch me ‘til my ribs become piano keys, ‘til there is sheet music scrolled across the inside of my lungs.
Right now there’s a man on the street outside my door with outstretched hands full of heartbeats no one can hear. He has cheeks like torn sheet music every tear-broken crescendo falling on deaf ears. At his side there’s a boy with eyes like an anthem no one stands up for.
I had forgotten what mustard fields looked like.
.. Sheet upon sheet of blazing yellow, half way between sulphur and celandine, with hot golden sunshine pouring down upon them out of a dazzling June sky. It thrilled me like music.
I have found among my papers a sheet . . . in which I call architecture frozen music.
Recipes are not assembly manuals. Recipes are guides and suggestions for a process that is infinitely nuanced. Recipes are sheet music.
Phyllis explained to him, trying to give of her deeper self, 'Don't you find it so beautiful, math? Like an endless sheet of gold chains, each link locked into the one before it, the theorems and functions, one thing making the next inevitable. It's music, hanging there in the middle of space, meaning nothing but itself, and so moving...'
Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being.
I can't be enthusiastic as soon as I write something on the music sheet.
The music sheet is only the beginning: it has to be listened to, played by the instruments, and then heard by the director, but most importantly, it has to be listened to by the public.
The conventional asset-allocation method is like sheet music.
It is prescribed, it has right answers and wrong answers and it sounds about the same every time. But jamming is different. Jamming is when you make the music. When you improvise and adapt to conditions. When you are creative.
Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines?
If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.
The fascination with the music stayed with me for years and I wanted to find out why I liked it so much and to learn the grammar of it, and that's why I tried to write the sheet music down. Writing it down gave me some ideas of other versions of the music and I wrote the first string quartets and piano pieces based on transcriptions.
There are so many conditions to programming in America, where it's dominated by these people that own 800 radio stations that have no idea who to play and who not to play, and they listen to somebody or read somebody else's programming sheet and go by Buck Owens' opinion or something. Eight hundred stations are controlled by some guy that doesn't have a clue as to what to do about music.
I wouldn't consider myself a songwriter at all.
Maybe I piece together a certain little thing here and there, but songwriters are people who do this with sheet music.
If a poem is written well, it was written with the poet's voice and for a voice.
Reading a poem silently instead of saying a poem is like the difference between staring at sheet music and actually humming or playing the music on an instrument.
No president is well-served by groupthink or by everybody singing from the same sheet of music they think he's on.
There is something comforting about going into a practice room, putting your sheet music on a stand and playing Bach over and over again.
It's like picking up an unfamiliar piece of sheet music &
starting to stumble through it, only to realize it is a melody you'd once learned by heart, one you can play without even trying.
Kids today aren't listening to music audio-only.
They're picking up a CD and looking at the lyric sheet and wondering why the pictures aren't moving around. Who wants to do that? It's like Bam Bam Flintstone hanging with the dinosaurs vs. Elroy Jetson who's flying around space. If I'm a kid, I wanna be kicking it with Elroy.
When I was little I went to a Baptist Church with my grandmother.
My earliest memories were of her falling out in the middle of the floor and they had to cover her with a white sheet. Every time we went to church it was scary. The music would start playing, and then everybody would start running and shouting and hollering and screaming.