Inspiration / 6 October 2015

15 Inspirational Quotes for the Creative Musician


“Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction”

– Jimi Hendrix



“To hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is”

– Eddie Van Halen



“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

– Pablo Picasso



“Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed.”

– John Lennon



“Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It’s something I don’t feel like I really control.”

– Tracy Chapman



“I don’t force it. If you don’t have an idea and you don’t hear anything going over and over in your head, don’t sit down and try to write a song. You know, go mow the lawn… My songs speak for themselves.”

– Neil Young


“A lot of times songs are very much of a moment, that you just encapsulate. They come to you, you write them, you feel good that day, or bad that day.”

– Mick Jagger



“The writing of the song is the therapy. The toughness is doing nothing. It’s very dependent on your state of mind. And your emotional state as well. And a lot of it comes pouring out, you don’t really have that much control with it.”

– Eric Clapton



“I never sit down to write. When I’m moved, I do it. I just wait for it to come. You just hear it. I can’t really describe writing. It’s in my head. I don’t think about the styles. I write whatever comes out and I use whatever kind of instrumentation works for those songs.”

– Lenny Kravitz


“I think songwriting is the ultimate form of being able to make anything that happens in your life productive.”

– Taylor Swift



“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

– B.B. King



“I just play, just you know, If I just sit down with the guitar and just do whatever for, you know, half an hour or an hour whatever. That’s pretty much, that should do it for me.”

– Slash



“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.”

– Igor Stravinsky



“A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.”

– Dmitri Shostakovich



“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

– John Cage

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