Some people have lives; some people have music.
John Green and David Levithan , Will Grayson, Will Grayson
One thing pop music is good for is remembering that somewhere inside us is the potential for unvanquishable joy.
Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak arabic, love music, and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers, and warriors.
Hunter S. Thompson
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Music’s the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay.
Martin Luther, Across the Universe
Children make up the best songs, anyway. Better than grown-ups. Kids are always working on songs and throwing them away, like little origami things or paper airplanes. They don’t care if they lose it; they’ll just make another one. This openness is what every artist needs.
Tom Waits (via thebronzemedal)
The banjo is such a happy instrument—you can’t play a sad song on the banjo - it always comes out so cheerful.
Yes, yes, I know. It’s easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what’s playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it? Nothing, that’s what. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flatshares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who’s going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.
Nick Hornby (via generationoffauxromantics)
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
You know when you throw a party, you think people will show up and no one will like each other. It’s like that with music – parts of your musical psyche have never met other parts. You wonder if you should get them together. I used to think it was good to keep them apart. Now I kind of throw them in and see what happens.
It’s always that one song that gets to you. You can hide, but the song comes to find you.
Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape
Sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears.
Every one of Joel’s important songs—including the happy ones—are ultimately about loneliness. And it’s not ‘clever lonely’ (like Morrissey) or ‘interesting lonely’ (like Radiohead); it’s ‘lonely lonely,’ like the way it feels when you’re being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you sadder.
Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music’? That actually means they like no kinds of music.
Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
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