Unfamiliar Quotations

Music

"Nobody ever had to audition to sing along on 'We Shall Overcome.'" -Flip Breskin

"Black fiddlers are the trilobites of American musical history." -John Jeremiah Sullivan


"In Beatles' time, seven years counts as seventy years in normal human time." - Hunter Davies

"Play every gig like it's your wedding." - Stanton Moore


“The only thing that rock & roll did not get from country and blues was a sense of consequences,” - Bill Flanagan


"I wrote a protest song, but it's an instrumental." -Demetri Martin


"There are five basic emotional states an autoharp can express: Sad, Happy, Angry, Peaceful, and Out-of-Tune." -Tom Schroeder


"In folk music there isn't such a thing as a career move." - Art Thieme


“Only sick music makes money today." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I like folk music as long as it’s not authentic.” - Zay N. Smith

“If you ever find yourself in a ballad, stay away from the river.” -Riley Baugus

"Your voice is a fretless instrument." -Laurel Bliss

“I’m not gonna die in 4/4 time.” - Moondog

"There is no better fun than community singing." -George Bernard Shaw

"When in doubt, sing 'John Henry.'" -Bob Gibson

"Folk music is a bunch of fat people." -Bob Dylan

"American movie makers have always held a deep reverence for composers whose works lie in the public domain." -Cecil Adams

"If any person has sung or composed against another person a song which is slanderous and insulting he shall be clubbed to death." -The Twelve Tables (first laws of Rome, 494 B.C.)

"In any invasion you'll find at least one soldier hitting the beach at H-Hour with a banjo slung over his shoulder." -Ernie Pyle

"I have never known a member of royalty, although I did once meet Fats Domino." -Bob Greene

"13 percent of households whose residents have never played an instrument still own one." -American Demographics