It’s All in How You Look at It – Quotes About Music

Happy-face-musicKnowing I have zero musical talent, but that I enjoy working in an environment where music is all around me, a friend of mine sent me some quotes about music that she ran across and thought I might enjoy.  It quickly became evident by reading this list that even though the speakers were all talking about the same thing (music, that is,) they all had very different opinions about it.

Below are a few of the amusing statements she sent me, and the folks who get credit for making them:

“I’m told that Wagner’s music is not as bad as it sounds.” – Mark Twain

“Get up from that piano.  You hurtin’ its feelings.” – Jelly Roll Morton

“I don’t know anything about music.  In my line you don’t have to.” – Elvis Presley

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” – Frank Zappa

“There are two kinds of music, the good and bad.  I play the good kind.” – Louis Armstrong

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962

“The piano has been drinking, not me.” – Tom Waits

“I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play.” – Artur Schnabel, Australian pianist, asked the secret of piano playing

“Nothing separates the generations more than music.  By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.” – Bill Cosby

“There’s nothing remarkable about it.  All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Did you know that Mozart had no arms and no legs?  I’ve seen statues of him on people’s pianos.” – Victor Borge

Remember, whether it’s music or anything else in life, it’s all in how you look at it!


Donna Haefner is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing Department.  She can be reached at