Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 29, 2017

Midnight Oil, from “Beds Are Burning”

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back …
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Quote of the day, Nov. 7

November 7, 2017

Leonard Cohen, on poetry

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 5

November 6, 2017

Martin Luther, on music

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

Quote of the day, Sept. 11

September 11, 2017

Suzanne Vega, on her biggest disappointment

“How little money really changes things. It buys doctors but not health, clothes but not taste, makeup but not beauty. When I was young and didn’t have anything, I imagined money had more power.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 9

August 8, 2017

Jimmy Webb, from “Wichita Lineman” (1968)

And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time …

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2017

Pete Seeger, on education

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Quote of the day, July 12

July 13, 2017

Richard Thompson, from “King of Bohemia”

Did your dreams die young
Were they too hard won
Did you reach too high and fall
And there is no rest
For the ones God blessed
And he blessed you best of all
Your eyes seem from a different face
They’ve seen that much that soon …

Quote of the day, May 17

May 17, 2017

The Jam, from “Standards”

Oh we make the standards and we make the rules
And if you don’t abide by them you must be a fool
We have the power to control the whole land
You never must question our motives or plans –
‘Cause we’ll outlaw your voices, do anything we want
We’ve nothing to fear from the nation
We’ll throw you out of your houses if you get too much
If we have to we’ll destroy your generation …

Quote of the day, May 16

May 17, 2017

Billy Bragg, from “It Says Here”

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they’d rather you believe
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress …

Quote of the day, May 9

May 9, 2017

R.E.M., from “World Leader Pretend”

I sit at my table and wage war on myself
It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing
I know the barricades
And I know the mortar in the wall breaks
I recognise the weapons, I’ve used them well

This is my mistake
Let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down

I’ve a rich understanding of my finest defences
I proclaim that claims are left unstated
I demand a rematch

I decree a stalemate
I divine my deeper motives
I recognise the weapons
I’ve practised them well
I fitted them myself

It’s amazing what devices you can sympathize
Empathise
This is my mistake, let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down ….