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I get twitchy if I don't pick up a guitar or sit at the piano every now and then... I have to do it; I don't have a choice.
Why should a novelist not also be a historian? To force unnatural divisions within the English language is to work against its capacious and accommodating nature. To expect a writer to produce only novels, or only histories, is equivalent to demanding from a composer that he or she write only string quartets or piano sonatas.
I always just sit down at the piano and make the main hook - what I want the track to be about melodically - and then I'll build everything else around that. But growing up, I did not play any instruments.
We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
Tennessee Ernie Ford
If you play the guitar, you've got to hold the chords down with one hand while you play with the other, so you're limited to one hand. But the piano is the king of instruments because you have your 10 fingers, which become the 10 members of the orchestra.
My entire life, I've always known that I wanted to be a performer, but I didn't know exactly how, where or when. I never learned or studied the craft, formally. I grew up doing martial arts and playing piano. But, something inside of me always said that I was going to do this, as far back as I can remember.
Lectures should go from being like the family singing around the piano to high-quality concerts.
I've got my Grammys on top of my piano and I look at them when I play.
I grew up playing classical piano and percussion.
I got obsessed with classical music, I got obsessed with Chopin, with playing the piano.
After a while, though, you realize that a whole slew of young singer-songwriter piano players are getting compared to you. That's when you feel the passage of time is occurring.
I wouldn't be able to act like Al Pacino or play the piano like Dr. John, But I could probably act better than Dr. John and play the piano better than Al Pacino.
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.
I love working on a typewriter - the rhythm, the sound; it's like playing the piano, which I do, too.
Fundamentally I feel that there is as much difference between the stage and the films as between a piano and a violin. Normally you can't become a virtuoso in both.
I am so in the past. I'm such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano.
I took piano lessons when I was like 5 or 6 but that was a long time ago. I stopped when I was 13.
I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano.
I first started playing in piano bars for three reasons - to make money, to be in the company of my friends - and also to hook up with young girls. I always knew, even before I played in piano bars, about the effect of my voice.
You think it matters to the kids whether they're learning to play on a Steinway or a normal piano?
I'm a natural piano player. So all the practicing I do at this point is in my head. If I don't play for a year, my chops aren't going to get any worse. I've spent my time playing scales, and I don't necessarily want to play any faster than I play. So everything I do at this point is more philosophical.
Harry Connick, Jr.
I grew up sitting beside my grandmother playing the piano and singing.
I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven't got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It's never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don't know what I'm going to get next.
I've never really been interested in doing a solo piano tour.
My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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