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david mancuso posted this over on the dhp board but this just had to be shared imo... some 'heady' quotes. thought some here might appreciate.

Albert Einstein Quotes on Music

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music .... I get most joy in life out of music." ~Albert Einstein
What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,
for the October 26, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

"The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man"
Albert Einstein
"Science, Philosophy, and Religion, A Symposium"
published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion
in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, 1941

(When asked about his theory of relativity)
"It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition.
My discovery was the result of musical perception."
- Albert Einsten

Metaphysical Quotes on Music

Sri Chimnoy
"God is the Supreme Musician. It is He who is playing with us, on us and in us.
We cannot separate God from His music. The universal Consciousness is constantly being played by the Supreme Himself, and is constantly growing into the Supreme Music."

Albert Ayler
"for me the only way I can thank God for his ever-present creation is to offer him a new music impressed of a beauty which nobody had previously understood .... the music we play is one long prayer, a message coming from God"

Urantia Book 1955 p. 499-500
"Spirit melodies are not material sound waves but spirit pulsations received by celestial personalities. There is a vastness of range and a soul of expression, as well as a grandeur of execution associated with the melody of the spheres that are wholly beyond human comprehension"

"Harmony, the music of the seven levels of melodious association, is the one universal code of spirit communication. Forever, music will remain the universal language of man, angels and spirits. Harmony is the speech of Havona"

Oahspe: Revelation of Kosmon, 1881 P. 320
(describing spaceships propelled by music)
"Here course the thousands of excursionists from the measureless regions of the Huan lights, where are to be seen a million varities of fire-ships, of sizes ten miles across to the breadth of a world - in unceasing trave in tens of thousands of directions, onward in theis ways, every one a history of millions of years and thousands of millions of souls and every soul rich in the knowledge of thousands of worlds.
By Music Alone, some of these ships propelled, the vibratory chords affording power in such high-skilled hands, and the tunes changing according to the regions traversed. Others, even by colors made in the waves of sound, went forward carrying millions of angels(ethereans)."

Musicians, Philosophers & Writers Quotes on Music

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
~Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

Brahms: "I immediately feel vibrations that thrill my whole being. These are the Spirit illuminating the soul power within, and in this exalted state, I see clearly what is obscure in my ordinary moods: Then I feel capable of drawing inspiration from above, as Beethoven did ... Straitway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies and orchestration. Measure by measure, the finished product is revealed to me when I am in those rare, inspired moods.

The powers from which all truly great composers like Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Beethoven drew their inspiration is the same power that enabled Jesus to work his miracles.

It is the power that created our earth and the whole universe."
~Johannes Brahms
from "Talks with Great Composers" by Arthur M. Abell, published by Philosophical Library

"There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is."
~William P. Merrill

"Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it."
~Henry David Thoreau

"Music expresses feeling and thought, without language;
it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words."
~Robert G. Ingersoll

"Bach opens a vista to the universe.
After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all."
~Helmut Walcha

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy.
Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."
~Ludwig van Beethoven

"With certain groups, like Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and now my own group, there is a level of playing which we try to reach which is the same thing that people do when they do transcendental meditation and yoga.
They talk about 'out of the body' experiences. That's what this music is. It's chanting; it's meditation; it's yoga.
It's all these things. In order to play, something transcends.
Something happens with the physical, the spiritual and the mental state in which they combine, and their energy is turned free.
It's a cleansing experience which in a religion they would say, 'It's of another world.' The state I'm talking about even transcends emotions. It's a feeling of being able to communicate with all living things."
~Ronald Shannon Jackson

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I have always loved this quote from poet Kahlil Gibran:

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife."


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To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
-Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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"Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces belabored by time, certain twilights and certain places try to tell us something, or have said something we should not have missed, or are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon."

jorge luis borges


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ornette coleman

For some reason this thread made me think of ol' Ornette.

He's speaking a certain language that I find is very valid in rhythm instruments. Very seldom in rhythm instruments do you hear rhythm sounding like a language. (I think this is about Ed Blackwell)

I've never had a relationship with a record executive. I always went to the record company by someone that liked my playing. Then they would get fired, and I'd be left with the record company. And then - because they got fired - the record company wouldn't do anything for me.

You've got to realize. In the western world, regardless of what color you are, what title the music is, it's all played by the same notes.

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"Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music. Music is the best." - Frank Zappa


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Soulster said:
I have always loved this quote from poet Kahlil Gibran:

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife."
One of my favourite poets... Now THAT is weird. I thought hardly anybody knew about him LOL!!
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"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other." - Jack Handey


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"...Music is the mantra
unwinding your head
music is the question
to things unsaid

these are wYLd wILd wild days you live in,
yeah i know sometimes we all wanna give in

these are StrAnGe.... strange vein days of living,
yeah i know sometimes that ya just don't fit in

dont give in,dont give up
dont pack it up,stop cracking up

let the song
carry you on
and keep you strong..."

--Richard Ashcroft