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Music is the emotional life of most people.
And songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic.

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
I like listening to music, but only the kind you play, absolute music, the kind that makes you feel that someone is rattling at the doors if heaven and hell. I like music very much, I think, because it's so unconcerned with morality.

The best musicians transpose consciousness into sound; painters do the same for color and shape.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist
Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music
Music is the shorthand of emotion
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