Music is something that touches the soul and over the years there has been some great quotes from musicians from around the world. Here are some of my favorite quotes by musicians that have touched me personally as an artist and guitar players. These aren’t necessarily guitar player quotes but they are among my favorite ones.
“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel”
This quote says a lot. The blues is a style of music that you just feel. Anyone can play a blues scale but very few can dig inside the genre and make it come alive. Jimi was one of those players that took the raw feeling of the blues and made it his own unique style with 60s rock. The blues is definitely something you feel.
“I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to”
This Hendrix quote sums up the way he lived as an artist. His life was cut short but in the end it was his decision to do what he wanted with his life just like we all do. We can choose to smoke, or drink or not do those things. That is the beauty of life it’s our decisions.
"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong."
I like this quite John is saying that it doesn’t matter what god you worship or what you believe because god is in our hearts. When we open our hearts we can let out the best of who we were destined to be. God can be anything to anyone.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.”
This quote or lyric if you want is from the song Imagine. I think it sums up the hopes deep down of everyone of earth. I don’t think we will ever reach this point in our existence but it’s always great to dream. Maybe someday John, maybe someday it will become true.
“I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.”
This quote by the great blues player Muddy Waters sums up the feelings of many of the original black blues players. These men and women came from very hard lives and it was the blue that helped them find an identity. They used the blues to help a lot of other people deal with the hardships of life in the south. Blues was something anyone with problems could relate to.
Johannes Sebastian Bach
“I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.”
This quote by Bach is saying you have to pay your dues as a musician, you have to work hard. Those clubs, bars, and hard nights on the road will pay off. You put in the time just like anyone else and make it your passion.
Eddie Van Halen
“It's always a Catch-22 situation. They hate you if you're the same, and they hate you if you're different.”
This quote by rock guitar player Eddie Van Halen says a lot about what bands go through to keep their fans. You can create an album but as soon as you change your style some or try something different the fans hate you for it. Even if you stay the same you can’t always win. It shows just how much musicians can struggle with their music as entertainers.
“You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know you've tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it.”
In this quote Robert is saying that you have to beleive in something to do it well. if you are just in it for the money it isn't the same a sliving your dreams in life. He is saying go for what you love no matter what and you'll find that happiness you seek.
What are Some of Your Favorite Musician Quotes?
What are some quotes by musicians that you love? I love these quotes because some of them apply tot hings I beleive in and I can relate to many of them. I think this is why music is such a big part of our culture we can relate to the lyrics and the music is just a universal thing felt by everyone.