Selected Quotes about Singing

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance. -- Victor Borge

After about three lessons [my] voice teacher said, 'Don't take voice lessons. Do it your way. You're a song stylist. Always do it your way.' -- Johnny Cash

It is not worth singing for ourselves; it is nicer if two people sing together. Then more people: hundreds, thousands, until the huge Harmony can be heard, in which we can all be just one, indeed. Then will we be able to say: “May the whole world be happy!" -- Zoltán Kodály

The minstrel fell but the foeman's chain could not break his proud soul under. The harp he loved ne'er spoke again, for he tore its chords asunder, And said, "No chains shall sully thee, thou soul of love and brav'ry! Thy songs were made for the pure and free; they shall never sound in slav'ry. -- Sir Thomas More

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history. -- Pete Seeger

The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone. . . . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin not sounding like them, but "playing" the voice like those instrumentalists. -- Frank Sinatra

I firmly believe that there was an ancient language, the language of the melodies that make us all be understood. The melody of ancient times must resound in our souls so that we may have a human life. The ancient melody, the so many times forgotten melody, the melody of love. -- József Szombatfalvi

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