— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
„What I fear most is that you will know where the laughs are going to come, or that you will know a character so well that you know when they're going to sing a song. In some shows, you just know that the audience is sitting there going "Oh no, she's going to sing."“
— John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
The Wild Goose Chase (c. 1621; published 1652), Act II. 2.
„The odd time something happens and you go into some kind of enchantment (on stage). But you have to work very hard to get that. Most of the time you're just playing and singing the songs, and there's no guarantee that you are going to get anywhere....“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
As quoted in Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography (2003) by Clinton Heylin
„Oh, for fuck sake stop lighting off fireworks and shouting & screaming I'm trying to sing a song! I mean I don't care. If you don't want to hear it. You know fuck you. I'm sure there are a lot of people here who do want to hear it. So why don't you just be quiet. If you want to light your fireworks off go outside and light them off out there and if you want to shout and scream well then go and do it out there.... but. I am trying to sing a song that some people want to listen to. I want to listen to it.“
— Roger Waters English songwriter, bassist, and lyricist of Pink Floyd 1943
During a concert for the "Animals" tour in Montreal, Quebec, 1977
„:7. It is not enough that you yourself can hear every word the soloist sings - you know it off by heart anyway: the audience must be able to follow without effort. If they do not understand the words they will go to sleep.“
— Richard Strauss German composer and orchestra director 1864 - 1949
„(After Houston asks the audience in Central Park to sing along to a new, un-aired song) And the poor gays with the signs are like "We don't know that song yet.... it's not even (on the radio)... go Diva.... I mean, we don't know that song. I would like to... I don't...??"“
— Kathy Griffin American actress and comedian 1960
„Well, if you want to sing out, sing out,
And if you want to be free, be free.
'Cause there's a million things to be,
You know that there are.“
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, originally recorded for the 1971 film Harold and Maude
— Joe Satriani American guitar player 1956
As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990).
„She sings the songs without words
Songs that sailors, and blind men, and beggars have heard
She knows more of love than the poets can say
And her eyes are for something that won't go away.“
— Harry Chapin American musician 1942 - 1981
She Sings Songs Without Words
„I went to the movies — it was Kanye, myself and John Mayer, and we went to see "Ray." We were watching it, and I was just inspired by the movie, just as a musician and as an artist, I felt inspired. We left there and went straight to the studio. Kanye started cooking up this beat and started doing this chant, like, "Go, go, go," and while we were sitting there thinking what to write, John Mayer said, "You could write about your fantasy." And I was like, "Am I going to let John Mayer come up with the concept for this joint? This is hip-hop." But John Mayer is a very talented brother and you don't know where your blessings are going to come from. He was singing, and we made him a sample on it, going 'Go.' So it all came together and now we have the song 'Go!,' which is about going to my fantasy.“
— Common (rapper) American rapper, actor and author from Illinois 1972
On working with Kanye West and John Mayer on the track "Go." (2004) ( From MTV.com http://www.mtv.com/bands/c/common/common_q_and_a_050620/)
„At least they're trying to get rid of AIDS. Some diseases they just gave up on. Some diseases, if you get them, you're on your own. They ain't going to have no telethon for you. R Kelly ain't singing no song. You just got this shit.“
— Chris Rock American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director 1965
„And here's to the songs we used to sing;
And here's to the times we used to know.
It's hard to hold them in our arms again,
But hard to let them go.“
— Neil Diamond American singer-songwriter 1941
If You Know What I Mean
„Well, you know I used to play piano for the church. You know that spiritual, 'Give Me that Old Time Religion', most churches just say, [sings] "Give me that old time religion" but I did, [sings] "Give me that old time, talkin' 'bout religion," you know I put that little thing in it you know, I always did have that thing but I didn't know what to do with the thing I had. So the style has always been with me... I always had my little thing I wanted to let the world hear, you know.“
— Little Richard American pianist, singer and songwriter 1932
When asked what inspired him to write 'Tutti Frutti' amd where the style came from, in The Rolling Stone Interviews: 1967-1980 (1989) edited by Peter Herbst, p. 91.
„I've got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle,
As I go riding merrily along.
And they sing, "Oh, ain't you glad you're single?"
And that song ain't so very far from wrong.“
— Frank Loesser American songwriter 1910 - 1969
Song Jingle, Jangle, Jingle.