THE ARTS & LISTENING

In all the great periods of drama, perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought great results.”  - George P. Baker
 
“Diverting the internal traffic between the Writer as Angel of Light and the Writer as Hustler is that scribbling child in a grown-up body wondering if anybody is listening.”   Herbert Gold
 
“The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it's about listening, it's about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.”  ~  John Guare
 
“When you add a period of 25 years between the playing and the listening, then the whole question of meaning gets very complicated.” - Evan Parker (musician)
 
“One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening.”   Itzhak Perlman (violinist)
 
“All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.”  - Alan Rickman (actor)
 
“Actually, if you're visually watching the performer, probably a good deal of your attention has now been diverted from the very thing that your attention should be on, and that is listening to the music, listening to the combinations that are being performed for you right there.”  - Leo Ornstein (composer)
 
“There are days when I intentionally don't write. For instance, I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working.” - Thomas Perry (musician)
 
“When I hit that note - if I hit it correctly - I'm just as important as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, or anybody. Because when I hit that note, I hit the umbilical cord of anybody who is listening.” ~  Carlos Santana (musician)
 
“There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.” - Clara Schumann (composer)
 
“Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.”  - Wallace Stevens (poet)
 
“It's not a matter of camouflaging yourself or not expressing yourself, it's a matter of listening and fitting into their trip.”  - Benmont Tench (musician)
 
“I have to keep reminding my students, asking them, "What is your experience of listening to this? Don't tell me about the notes you see on the page, tell me about what you hear.” - James Tenney (composer)
 
“Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.” - Lewis Thomas (physician, writer)
 
“The big catalyst was seeing my sister, when I was 11, doing a dramatic recital. When I saw her on the stage and everyone listening to her so patiently, quietly, that's all I wanted: for someone to look at me and listen to me, but in some beautiful and artistic way.”   - Gene Wilder (on his inspiration to become an actor)
 
“Listening is absolutely essential.  You must listen to your actors, listen to your crew, listen to your producer and ultimately listen to your own instincts.  Only then can you make the right decision.”   Joseph Greco (writer/director)
 
"I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say.   - John Frankenheimer  
"The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.” - Jean Cocteau                       
“One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.”  - John Frankenheimer
 
"I rely on the hope that there are people in the audience who are actually listening."    - Trevor Dunn (musician)
 
"I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.”   - Earnest J. Gaines
 
“It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.”   - Stephen Mallarme

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.” - Auguste Renoir

“Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” - Rabindranath Tagore (poet)

"Everything we do is music." John Cage



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