Great Music Quotes

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Here’s a list of my favourite great music quotes that teach you some valuable lessons, and they are awesome inspiration!

"Creativity is intelligence having fun"
Albert Einstein

Creativity and intelligence are not separate things! The best thinkers are those who constantly ask themselves, “what if?”

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible"
Frank Zappa

If everyone never tried anything new, then nothing new would be discovered, tested or pioneered!

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans"
John Lennon

Make the most out of your life by making plans and reaching your goals, as we only have a finite amount of time to complete them!

"Lose your dreams, and you might lose your mind"
Mick Jagger

Always keep your goals in sight, otherwise, they would never be realised. A similar quote relating to this is by Naval Ravikant – “Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” Unhappiness and a strong desire to realise a better life is a powerful motivator, but it can take a toll on your mental health, so be cautious and strong!

"You build on failure. Use it as a stepping stone and close the door on the past. Don't try to forget the mistakes, but dont dwell on it"
Johnny Cash

You’ve got to fail to succeed, just learn from mistakes and move forward!

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are"
Kurt Cobain

In the music industry, you are the product. Don’t become a commodity by being like another person. Be a unique product by being yourself, something no one else will ever be able to replicate!

"Where's your will to be weird?"
Jim Morrison

Like the quote above, be different, unique, interesting and exciting!

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring"
David Bowie

Classic showmanship from Bowie, who always seemed to be reinventing himself or going in a different musical direction. Very exciting!

"Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen"
Amy Winehouse

A way of making something good out of a bad situation is to write a song. Authentic music based on real-life experiences definitely makes for more interesting, provoking and emotional music.

"You can't go to the store and buy a good ear and rhythm"
Les Paul

Buying the best equipment is not going to make you a better player. Practising does!

"If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you'll make the news or something"
Van Halen

Anyone can be famous…if they want to be! Think I might employ this tactic in selling my books. Strap a few books on and go for a naked jog down the street? Maybe there’s other ways!

"Learning an instrument isn't about becoming a star, anymore than learning to swim means you want to become a haddock"
Nick Mason

There are several motivators to learning an instrument, such as becoming a star, earning a living, increased sex or whatever. You have to do more to achieve these things, as otherwise, they can seem pretty unrelated! Besides, the best thing about learning an instrument is that you have a tool to make music.

"You can't pee like a puppy if you wanna run with the big dogs"
Nikki Sixx

Act like a big dog to be a big dog!

"Once you start to write a song, try to finish it straight away while you're still in the same mood"
John Lennon

This is just fantastic songwriting advice, and it was the advice given to George Harrison that allowed him to finally crack the art of songwriting (I’m very glad he did, as he wrote some bangers) Have you ever tried writing something only to give up halfway through and then attempt to pick up where you left off?

"If you're not sincere with it, you shouldn't say anything at all"
Dr Dre

Be genuine and have something to say. Create unique, authentic and honest music!

"Bass players and drummers are the brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move"
John Densmore

The rhythm section is the driving force for the whole band and provides the foundation for the guitar, keys, horns and vocalists. The whole point of music is to make the listener feel something, if that response is to groove, then great, most tunes are better when they make people move!

"Cleverness is no substitue for true awareness"
Jaco Pastorius

Awareness trumps complicated or technically difficult lines, coming from the technical bass maestro himself.

"Music is the shorthand of emotion"
Leo Tolstoy

This quote perfectly defines what music is in a short snappy statement. So if you want to be a master of the arts or music, you need to have a really great understanding of emotion.

If you've got some great music quotes, let me know in the comments!

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