Quotes and Inspiration

“God gave me a gift of singing and playing the piano, and when I do it, it’s exciting, of course. But it’s more than that. It’s truly the way God created me to release my soul and my spirit, to really worship him… I’m made to create music.” – Amy Williams

“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.” – Ray Charles

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein

“I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.” – Mary Lou Williams

“When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.” – Edgar Watson Howe

“If you are called upon to play a church service, it is a greater honor than if you were to play a concert on the finest organ in the world… Thank God each time when you are privileged to sit before the organ console and assist in the worship of the Almighty.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church’s greatest ornament.” – Igor Stravinsky

“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.” – C.S. Lewis

“Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.” – J.S. Bach

“Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.” – J.S. Bach

“I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours, it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music; he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.” – Martin Luther

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” – William P. Merrill

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” – Miles Davis

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” – Henry Miller

“I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation’s attention from the rest of the service.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I’d try a revolver first.” – Josh Billings