Monday, January 4, 2010
"They are alive and well somewhere,
The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,
And ceas'd the moment life appear'd.
All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier."
from Song of Myself, VI
"Too often we pound away at the deficit, rather than building the talent." ~ Temple Grandin in her lecture on autism
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision." -Eleanor Roosevelt
"You must look into people as well as at them" ~random fortune cookie
"The flute is the show-off of the wind section, the big shot: Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway--both millionaires. (How many millionaire bassoonists can you name real fast?) Well, that's fine. Everybody knows it's the hardest, blowing across a tiny hole with your head tilted all your life: it's like soloing on a pop bottle. The problem with the flute is that it vibrates your brain, and you start wearing big white caftans and smocks and eat roots and berries. You become a pantheist and sit in meadows, and you believe that all is one and God is everything--God is a column of air vibrating--and you know that's not right!" - Garrison Keillor, in The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra
"When I open my eyes I find myself involuntarily sighing, because what I see around me is so against my religion. I must despise this world which does not understand how music is a higher revelation than all other wisdom or philosophy."
-Ludwig van Beethoven
"Human existence is a puzzling and enigmatic thing." - My Daddy
"Music gives a soul to the universe, Wings to the mind, Flight to the imagination, and Life to everything." Plato
"There is a vitality, a life force, and energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost, the world will not have it." ~ Martha Graham
"And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps." -- H.L. Mencken
The poet Billy Collins once laughingly observed that all babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother's heart is in iambic meter. Then, Collins said, life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us. It may be true with music, too.
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
-- from "Leisure," by W.H. Davies