For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 4, sct. 424.
He continued: "It is here in music that our guardians should erect their guard-house." Adeimantus replied: "At any rate it is here that lawlessness easily creeps in unawares.")
I've come close to matching the feeling of that night in 1944 in music, when I first heard Diz and Bird, but I've never got there.... I'm always looking for it, listening and feeling for it, though, trying to always feel it in and through the music I play every day.
(Miles Davis (1926-1991), U.S. jazz musician. Miles: The Autobiography, prologue (1989).)
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
(Charlie Parker (1920-1955), U.S. jazz musician. quoted in Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, "Afterwords," sct. 3, ed. Michael Horovitz (1969).)
As I define it, rock & roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much aliveand it still informs other kinds of music.
(David Byrne (b. 1952), U.S. rock musician, composer. Quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Dec. 1990).)
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.