„I scrawled Song Birds across the blue
stuck the sticky note to my wall.
Needed to remember
there was a time people cut out
the tongues of Song Birds
to eat them as delicacies.
That afternoon I went outside
and thousands of Song Birds
filled the Rosscarrock sky.
I cried a song of remorse.“
— Sheri-D Wilson Canadian Spoken Word Poet 1958
"Autopsy of a Turvy World"
„I try not to obsess about recording. I'm definitely the one who will leave all the mistakes-to have that balance between what's undone and done. I try to move on to the next thing. I have friends who have been working on the same song for five, six years. They just won't let the songs go.“
— Бек Хэнсен American Musician (b.1970) 1970
Rolling Stone magazine, 1996
„I decided a handful of years ago that I just want to write songs that you can understand as soon as you put the record on. There’s no need to veil what’s happening in the song the way I used to.
My goal as a songwriter now is to simply write some memorable turns of phrase.“
— Ben Gibbard American singer, songwriter and guitarist 1976
„It doesn't really matter what chords I play, what words I say or time of day it is, as it's only a Northern Song.“
— George Harrison British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001
„“I’m not a bad man, Ilia. I’m just someone who knows exactly what needs to be done.”
“Like you said, always the most dangerous sort.”“
— Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
Chapter 33 (p. 611)
„Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs
And what's wrong with that?
I'd like to know
'Cause here I go again...“
— Paul McCartney English singer-songwriter and composer 1942
Context: You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs I look around me and I see it isn't so Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know 'Cause here I go again... I love you. "Silly Love Songs", 1976
— Rachel Trachtenburg American musician 1993
Rachel on performing.
„(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
„I haven't found it difficult because I find this very enjoyable. It's really challenging. And I'm really proud of the record because it's a really good record. There's nothing harder than to write a pop record with meaning. I think it's much easier to be alternative. It's much easier to be different and take a different path outside of a commercial context. To try and write a pop song that is not cliché, to try and write a pop song that has meaning and fits in under three minutes and five seconds and has a hook that people want to listen to is the most difficult thing in the world to do. So in lieu of that you have to write what you know and what you like, what you're feeling. That's all I can basically do. I don't begrudge the other people that don't write their songs. And I don't judge them. I'd like to see more people writing their own songs, because that's just personally what I like. Just for me, as an artist, so many people only care about being popular right now. Whatever happened to trying to write a song that means something? When I was growing up, artists meant something. They had opinions, they looked different than the person working at the store on your street. They opened your eyes and taught you something about life. And I would like to aspire to be that kind of artist.“
— Colleen Fitzpatrick American singer and actress 1972
When asked about writing her own music
— Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
USA Today (20 June 2004)
„I Shall Sing No Song That Is Not A Country Song.
I Shall Make No Record That Is Not A Country Record.
I Refuse To be Known As Anything But A Country Singer.
I Am Proud To be Associated With Country Music.
Country Music And Country Music Fans Made Me What I Am Today.
And I Shall Not Forget It.“
— Buck Owens American country singer-songwriter 1929 - 2006
"Pledge To Country Music" in Music City News (March 1965)