We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit. Music that cradles people's lives and makes things a little easier. That's what I try to do, and what I want to do. You don't want to close the door on hope.— Merle Haggard
Belligerent Writing Music quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
I cannot write in verse, for I am no poet.
I cannot arrange the parts of speech with such art as to produce effects of light and shade, for I am no painter. Even by signs and gestures I cannot express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer. But I can do so by means of sounds, for I am a musician.
I write a lot of my best music in the car, like late night.
Three, four in the morning. I'm in the passenger seat, I got my driver, my getaway driver. My Bonnie, I'm Clyde. That's when everything is just settled. In the daytime it's chaotic. Everybody just goin' nowhere fast. In a rush to go nowhere.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
When I open my mouth and sing, the truth comes out.
When I write, the truth comes out. I can't lie. That, I think, is one of the strongest elements of my music. When people talk about my writing as though I'm doing it from an accountant's perspective, it really pisses me off.
I feel like a ghost wandering in a world grown alien.
I cannot cast out the old way of writing and I cannot acquire the new. I have made an intense effort to feel the musical manner of today, but it will not come to me.
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.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.
Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows.
I'm writing songs that connect to millions of people.
And that happens for a reason. I don't really worry too much about people who aren't into it because that's the beauty of music. It's subjective. If every single person in the world loved our music, then that'd be weird.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
I think its so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn't exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no ones ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips.
I write the vocals last, because I wanted to invent the music first and push the music to the level that I had to compete against it.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
Composing is a natural fit. As far as the creative process goes, I'd rather do this than anything else, by far. Something different happened to me when I started to write music to images. It was a feeling of excitement and connection and a sense of being in the right place that I never had before.
I've always written songs that were confessional, acoustic, wordy - my writing style matches my personality. The music always has to match the mouth it comes out of.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
Writing songs is cheaper than going to therapy.
In a way I spend my entire life stealing from everything - from the past, from cities I love, from where I grew up - grabbing things, taking not only from architecture but from Italy, art, writing, poetry, music.
Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
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 love Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert - they write from the heart.
But it's hard to find a country music lover in L.A. None of my friends really listen to it, and they hate getting in the car with me because I just blast Taylor Swift.
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.
The earth has music for those who listen.
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.
Writing songs out of my faith was a real natural progression.
I grew up singing in my dad's choir and singing with my family. Christian music became the music that I identified myself with and was a way that I expressed my faith. Even at a public school I would take my Christian music in and play it for my friends.
I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
I'm probably writing music now for the same reason as I started writing songs when I was 14 - to meet women.
I'll make music, whether or not anyone is listening, for the rest of my life.
It's a natural form of expression for me, the same way I draw and write and sing.
It was a great thrill just to know Roy Orbison, so to play, sing, write hit songs with him and have him in The Traveling Wilburys was beyond my wildest dreams!
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
I'm going to spend my life writing poems, turning them into music that will affect people and touch their hearts. I'm going to write the songs that people can't write for themselves.
There's sketch, improv, writing, acting, music, and badminton. Those are the seven forms of comedy.
Anybody that forms a group, writes songs and releases records and says they don't care if people like them are complete liars.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.
I like to write music for fun. That's my hustle, my grind, my means of stayin' alive, and it's also my recreation, too.
One of the great moments of my life was when I could write musician on my passport.
The only way to get change is not through the courts or - heaven forbid - the politicians, but through a change of human consciousness and through a change of heart. Only through the arts - music, poetry, dance, painting, writing - "can we really reach each other.
I really pay attention to the bass in the music I listen to, and that's what I tend to write toward.