— George Gershwin American composer and pianist 1898 - 1937
„Music is, or was, a language of the emotions. If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music“
— Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979
Context: I think my own way. I don't think like you and my music isn't meant just for the patting of feet and going down backs. When and if I feel gay and carefree, I write or play that way. When I feel angry I write or play that way — or when I'm happy, or depressed, even. Just because I'm playing jazz I don't forget about me. I play or write me, the way I feel, through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions. If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music, and I would begin to worry about my writing if such a person began to really like it. My music is alive and it's about the living and the dead, about good and evil. It's angry, yet it's real because it knows it's angry.
„"Even the most, 'emotive' view of music has to 'be' emotive 'about something distinct', which necessarily involves having a 'theory' about it, for better or worse, in awareness or unawareness, and that a 'musical' something distinct can be cognitively understood as an "emotional experience" only insofar as it is first cognitively understood as a human-communicative manifestation, as an "instance of thought".“
— Benjamin Boretz American composer 1934
from Meta-Variations: studies in the foundations of musical thought Red Hook, N.Y. : Open Space, 1995.
„Music moves us because it serves as a metaphor for emotional life. It has peaks and valleys of tension and release. It mimics the dynamics of our emotional life.“
— Daniel Levitin American psychologist 1957
Australian Broadcasting Corporation http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/5009818 (October 11, 2013)
„We all sing about the things we're thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can't talk about.“
— Anthony Stewart Head English actor 1954
Giles Ahead Time Out - London's Living Guide January 9-16 2002 http://www.gilesfanfic.de/default.php?url=artikel_11_oton
„Jazz today can be spiritual, cerebral, motivating or moving. It can evoke tension, relaxation, laughter, tears. Surely jazz is truly the music of the era, combining stature, dignity and emotion with the highest musical ideals.“
— John Dankworth British musician 1927 - 2010
Jazz in Revolution (1998), concluding words.
„My favorite music is hooky, quirky, arty, dark, surprising, heavy, groovy, soft, emotional but not emo. It wears a sweater because it’s cold, not because it's stylistically there.“
— Josh Homme American musician 1973
Reported in Jay Babcock, " JOSHUA HOMME: People say [record] labels are evil. No, they’re just lame. http://www.arthurmag.com/2007/12/04/josh-homme-people-say-labels-are-evil-no-theyre-just-lame/", Arthur Magazine (December 4, 2007).
„A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.“
— Stanley Kubrick American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor 1928 - 1999
„I feel that music is the art which can best express the emotions which flow within us. It conveys something bigger than it is.“
— Andrew Sega musician from America 1975
NAID '95 http://www.club.cc.cmu.edu/pub/scene.org/parties/1995/naid95/misc/dn-naid_089.txt
„I would say that there is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect.“
— Ingmar Bergman Swedish filmmaker 1918 - 2007
Context: When we experience a film, we consciously prime ourselves for illusion. Putting aside will and intellect, we make way for it in our imagination. The sequence of pictures plays directly on our feelings. Music works in the same fashion; I would say that there is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect. And film is mainly rhythm; it is inhalation and exhalation in continuous sequence. Ever since childhood, music has been my great source of recreation and stimulation, and I often experience a film or play musically. "Introduction" of Four Screenplays (1960). <!-- Simon & Schuster -->
„Well, when music "moves" someone, it doesn't necessarily have to be in a positive direction. Some people certainly get moved by darker music, and there are all sorts of emotions which music can create that are interesting -- aggression, foreboding, anger, fear. Not everyone wants to feel happy all the time :)“
— Andrew Sega musician from America 1975