Music In My Life

Recently, I have been listening to A LOT of music on the internet. If I am on my laptop, I have
headphones on.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was little, I learned to sing
with my family. We would sing gospel hymns. I had a couple of great aunts on my Dad’s
side of the family, who would come over to my grandparents house and all of my grandfather’s brothers
and sisters played instruments and sang. So, some of my earliest memories are of singing with at
least my grandpa and usually my first cousin.

Sometimes, when I visited my maternal grandparents we would sing too. And my parents had an
extensive collection of gospel and country music albums. Dad had them on cassette tapes
that we listened to in the car, and usually sang along.

I grew up in the 70’s and listened to Donny Osmond, The Partridge Family, and The Jackson
Five when I was little. But I had older friends who listened to more advanced forms of Rock.
I was listening to Aerosmith by the time I was seven or so.

By the time I was in Junior High, I had advanced almost exclusively to Rock and preferably
Hard Rock. But I also had a Disco phase. We had a local disco that had a night every week
that was for under 18. That didn’t last long after they had a serial rapist grabbing girls
in the parking lot.

When my children were born, I spent a great deal of time singing to them. Both my son and daughter
seemed to have inherited my love for music and I never attempted to censor what they listened to.
We did have a great many discussions about the particular views and attitudes that artists gave
voice to in their songs.

When my grandson was born, I sang to him too. I was as apt to sing along to Audioslave or Godsmack
when I was rocking him as I was to sing You Are My Sunshine to him.

Now, I am sliding down the backside of 40, well on my way to 50 and I still prefer Hard Rock
and Alternative Music. Most of my kids friends find that remarkable, but it seems pretty
normal to me. I am not too old to like Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains.

I have playlists with names like, Pissed Off, and Sad Stuff. Because it depends on what kind of mood
I am in, what I listen to. I listen to angry music when I am angry, because rather than making
me more angry, it seems to help me get it out of my system.

I thought I would post some of my favorite quotes about music. I hope you find some of them
inspiring.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”–Friedrich Nietzsche

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”–Bob Marley

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”–Victor Hugo

“After silence, that which comes the nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”–Aldous Huxley

This one is why I don’t like country music, and why I never encouraged my kids to listen to it. Well that, and because I didn’t want them to think men were supposed to get drunk and then go down to the barn and have sex with their best friend’s wife.

“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
― Aaron Copland

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.”
― Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
― Leopold Stokowski

“He who sings scares away his woes.” ~Cervantes

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~Lord Byron

This one reminds me of singing with my family, as a child.

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

I have heard so many times in my life that this or that music was from the devlil
and would make you corrupt and go to hell because you listened to it. Evidentally Thoreau
did not believe that people learned all that much from music.

“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

“[An intellectual] is someone who can listen to the “William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” ~John Chesson

“Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.” ~Buffy Sainte-Marie

“Music is what life sounds like.” ~Eric Olson

“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?

I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger.”
― Cher

“The lions of hard rock, guys like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Brian Johnson, Rob Halford, these monsters feel completely timeless, iconic, eternal. They simply shall not, will not, do not die. It’s almost impossible to imagine a musical world without Robert Plant. No metal fan of any stripe can imagine a day when, say, Iron Maiden shuts it all down because Bruce Dickinson turned 85 and suddenly can’t remember the lyrics to “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” Metal revels in the raw energy and unchecked phantasmagorical ridiculousness of youth. It is all fire and testosterone and rebellious fantasy. It doesn’t go well with reality.

So it is for hard rock and a guy like Dio, an elfin titan with an undying love for lasers and sorcery, dragons and kings. The man wrote some terribly corny metal songs, but he sang every one with a ferocity and love and total honesty. He also wrote some of the finest hard rock melodies of all time, sang them with a precision and love unmatched by any hard rock singer since. It’s a rare thing to give metal some heartfelt props. It is time. Raise your devil horns and salute.”
― Mark Morford

“Girls have got balls. They’re just a little higher up, that’s all.”
― Joan Jett

“My my, hey hey, Rock and Roll is here to stay.”–Neil Young

“They’d say “if ya play the record backwards, you can hear evil tings like grrrr!” and I would think, “Jeez, I didn’t know the devil sounded like that. I thought he was coherent, like the rest of us.”–Brian Johnson of ACDC – 2001

“Just because I cut the heads off dolls doesn’t mean I hate babies, I just hate dolls.”–Alice Cooper – 2003

“Some girl asked me for an autograph and I asked her why, she said because she admires me. I said she should see a shrink. Then she started crying and I started laughing.”–Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue’s – 2007

“We’ve all got out self-destructive bad habits, the trick is to find four or five you personally like the best and just do those all the time.”–David Lee Roth of Van Halen – 1980

“I love you all; I love you more than life itself, but you’re all fucking mad.”–Ozzy Osbourne to his family – 2002

“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.” –Axl Rose of Guns ‘N’ Roses – 1998

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