Tag Archives: Music

The 09/28/13 Joy Jar

28 Sep

The bus tunnel runs underneath Seattle and on a blustery, rainy day it is a good way to escape the weather. One doesn’t expect much, just a ride. Today moi was treated to the beautiful sounds of sitar music. Like moi, one of the street musicians had taken refuge in a landing. Today’s deposit into the Joy Jar is the beautiful music of the sitar.

And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it’s third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it’s much more polite.
Miriam Makeba

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Bob Marley

If music be the food of love, play on.
William Shakespeare

Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Lao Tzu

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
Martin Luther

Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach

Music can change the world because it can change people.

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Leo Tolstoy

World music is about taking things from different places and bringing them together – which is great.
Youssou N’Dour

The 06/17/13 Joy Jar

16 Jun


Music is its own special type of worship, but the hymn takes the spiritually to a whole other level. Some hymns like ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Ava Maria’ can bring people to tears. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are hymns.

A few songs with Him might change the way you sing. Forever.”
Max Lucado,
Next Door Savior

It is natural to speak of hymns as “poems,” indiscriminately, for they have the same structure. But a hymn is not necessarily a poem, while a poem that can be sung as a hymn is something more than a poem. Imagination makes poems; devotion makes hymns. There can be poetry without emotion, but a hymn never. A poem may argue; a hymn must not. In short to be a hymn, what is written must express spiritual feelings and desires. The music of faith, hope and charity will be somewhere in its strain.”
Hezekiah Butterworth, The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords If when the soul unto the lines accords”

George Herbert

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26

You know when you’re young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.
Andy Griffith

The 04/23/13 Joy Jar

22 Apr


It helps to have a glide path toward sleep. A cup of tea and soothing music, the kind of relaxation music moi likes many refer to as ‘background music.’ It is smoothing and helps one’s mind rest. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar is soothing bedtime music.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”


Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”


Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Berthold Auerbach

The 04/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Apr

Just as there is nothing like a dame, there is nothing like great musical theater. Moi saw ‘Jersey Boys’ which is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It is probably one of the best musicals ever written. It has a great story, great music, a love story, it is fast paced and taunt. The musical is a uniquely American art form. A really good musical has you singing as you leave the theatre. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the musical.



Let’s sing our way out of this”
Isabel Fraire



I chose and my world was shaken. So what. The choice might have been mistaken, but choosing was not.”
Stephen Sondheim “Sunday in the Park with George”



In musical theater you have to be very big and very animated, while film and television are more toned down.

Kevin Richardson



I’ve never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera.

Trevor Nunn



If an American audience is given a serious musical theater piece that is well produced, dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted, they’ll respond to it.

Carlisle Floyd



ll the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists.
Stephen Sondheim


I think there is no world without theatre.
Edward Bond


The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.
Sarah Bernhardt


I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Oscar Wilde


I don’t think theater is dying, and musicals are a great American art form. We’ve got apple pie, jazz and musical theater.
Laura Benanti


The 04/08/13 Joy Jar

7 Apr

Moi watched the Academy of Country Music Awards and she just loved it. Good music is well, just good music. Moi loves the American genres of country, jazz, and gospel. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the thoroughly American art form of country music.


What we don’t need in country music is divisiveness, public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary judgement of what belongs and what doesn’t.
Charley Pride


Social topics may hit too close to home for people, but then again, if you pull a heartstring, then that’s what country music is. It’s not just songs about getting drunk and leaving your girl.
Kenny Chesney


Country music is three chords and the truth.
Harlan Howard


Plus I love Tanya Tucker and I love country music.
Little Richard

Country music is so related to gospel. It seems I could go down that road pretty easily.
Dionne Warwick

True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt.
Garth Brooks






The 02/10/13 Joy Jar

9 Feb

Moi went to a great concert with headliners Puccini and Shostakovich sponsored by Orchestra Seattle Seattle Chamber Singers. Other pieces on the program were by Weber and Bach. It was a challenging program madfe even more challenging by the fact that the conductor, Johan Louwersheimer was trying out for the permanent conductor position. One immediately notices a less skilled conductor because there is no flow to the music and something just seems off. One slowly appreciates a skilled conductor because everything just worked, almost effortlessly. Mr. Louwersheimer was very skilled. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the harmony of sound guided by a skilled conductor.


The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.
Franz Liszt


Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds?
John Philip Sousa


I think it’s a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra – especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
Gustavo Dudamel

Conductors’ careers are made for the most part with ‘Romantic’ music. ‘Classic’ music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.
Igor Stravinsky

A conductor should guide rather than command.
Riccardo Muti

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.
Michael Tilson Thomas

Only when every one of us and every nation learns the secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra, following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.
Artur Rodzinski




The 01/08/13 Joy Jar

7 Jan

The are sides and parts of each person’s personalty. Each person has a soul and a spirit. Music can affect not only the personalty by bringing out different emotions like calm, relaxation or excitement. Music can touch a soul or collectively, souls. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is music.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor Hugo

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
Leo Tolstoy,
Family Happiness

The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”
Martin Luther

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”
Johann Sebastian Bach

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”

Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
Yip Harburg