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Quotes of melody

  1. It's a combination of melody and lyrics, not one without the other. It's a confluence of these different elements that makes something powerful. – Michael Bolton
  2. We cling nervously to the melody but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it. – Johannes Brahms
  3. After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure. – Stanley Clarke
  4. The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form. – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  5. Hunter can write a melody and stuff like that, but his forte is lyrics. He can write a serviceable melody to hang his lyrics on, and sometimes he comes up with something really nice. – Jerry Garcia
  6. We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics. And if somebody writes a great song, it's timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there's going to be a real appreciation. – Art Garfunkel
  7. If you're going to start with melody you'll need some tympani, I think. – Gene Krupa
  8. I write a lot of music in my time off and I compose most of the songs on guitar. I've actually gone into the studio and recorded a few things, but it's tough trying to sell a song. It's all about finding that hook, that melody – Scott Patterson
  9. Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band. We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody – Adam Rich
  10. We knew that we wanted to play heavy music but I hadn't gotten into melody and things like that. – Adam Rich
  11. I really believe in melody – Aulis Sallinen
  12. Music is the melody whose text is the world. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  13. My voice is my improvisational instrument, the melody instrument. The guitar is harmonic structure. I'm not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it. – Paul Simon
  14. Doing the instrumental thing, you're really looking for the power of the melody to carry the record. – Michael W. Smith
  15. The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way it is written the first time and then start to look for other notes that aren't in the melody – Margaret Whiting

Usage examples for melody

  1. They march round in a circle, beating these and singing a very simple melody in a minor key on four notes. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. A new thought or a fleeting melody called him elsewhere. – Edgar Saltus: The Man by Marie Saltus
  3. Remote yet distinct, like a dream of a bird- song, came a simple melody from a distant field. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  4. Not one but had the spirit of melody within him; and there we were, officers and crew, all singing away together like mad people, or as if our lives depended on the noise we made. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. Little Nell: a melody – Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials
  6. Yes; he who loved Shelley so well as I could not fail to hear the melody of- Music to hear, why hearest thou music sadly? – Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
  7. Surely this audience had never heard such a melody – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  8. My name shall not pass away like a soft tone or a sweet melody – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  9. How glorious such a scene must be, When prayer and praise ascend to Thee In one glad voice of melody Eternal Lord! – Heart Utterances at Various Periods of a Chequered Life. by Eliza Paul Kirkbride Gurney
  10. The peculiar power of music is to open to the imagination a limitless career, to lend itself with astonishing facility to all the moods of each one, to arouse or calm, with the sounds of the simplest melody our accustomed sentiments, our favorite affections. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  11. " It was like a sheet of gold at our feet," said Gabrielle in a voice of melody – The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac
  12. As for the plaintive music, no Western ear can discern in it anything resembling a real melody but the gods should find delight in it, because it is certainly performed for them to- day exactly as it used to be performed twenty centuries ago. – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  13. There was something in the tone of the count's words- a simple pathos, and almost a melody which interested Harry Clavering. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  14. My great uncle sang some melody from the capital. – Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes
  15. Yet he played, in Paul's ear, the comforting melody of Pan, and the glory of the Vision once more flooded Paul's senses, and the factory and Budge Street and the Buttons and the scullery faded away like an evil dream. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  16. These fingers shall Forget the sword whose music is men's groans, And on sweet strings draw out the heart of love To give the world the key of melody – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
  17. The song bubbled out in Patricia's best notes, rippling in silver waves through a golden atmosphere of pure melody – Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge by Pemberton Ginther
  18. They who could not understand her soul were made spiritual, as it were, by the magic of her beauty- they who had no heart for poetry had ears, at least, for the melody of her voice. – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  19. The night wind was whispering, it was like an alluring melody – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  20. Sometimes a song or a strain of melody would recall her to a sense of the present, for she was passionately fond of music. – Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville