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Radio City Music Hall Quotes


"Toting around a full orchestra on tour is very ambitious. I would consider doing a show now and then, like do a show at Radio City or Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra" - Vanessa Carlton

"You can't fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up." - George Carlin

"Every day FM radio ran out of hours, not music." - Bob Guccione, Jr.

"My first gig was at Radio City Music Hall when I was 13." - Questlove

"Imaginatively Glasgow exists as a music hall song and a few bad novels." - Alasdair Gray

"I believe that everyone has the fundamental right to head to city hall with the person they love and get married. Period." - Lea Salonga

"I think there's good music out there. I just think that radio stations don't play it." - Robert Glasper

"I also spend a lot of time on political blogs, and music blogs getting things for my radio show." - Marc Edwards

"Rock music had become my religion. Radio my church. And these DJs my priests, rabbis and gurus." - Steven Van Zandt

"I loved radio for the music, concerts, parties and to think you could get paid for it." - Laura Davies

"Your music sounds better on the radio, for some reason. It's an amazing feeling. I hope it never goes away." - Brandon Boyd

"I will lead you to the City Hall, clean out the police force, hang the Prosecuting Attorney, burn every book that has a particle of law in it, then enact new laws for the workingmen." - Denis Kearney

"He [Alan Lomax] started right off trying to find people who could introduce folk songs to city people. He found a young actor named Burl Ives and said, "Burl, you know a lot of great country songs learned from your grandmother, don't you know people would love to hear them?" He put on radio programs. He persuaded CBS to dedicate "The School of the Air" for one year to American folk music. He'd get some old sailor to sing an old sea shanty with a cracked voice. Then he'd get me to sing it with my banjo." - Pete Seeger

"Internet is radio for a lot of people. It's a place to get music and hear music, and no amount of clamping down will change that." - Jeff Tweedy

"If you took any of my radio shows and you took the music out of them, they wouldn't be remotely the same thing. Music is really important." - Joe Frank

"It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it." - Neil Young

"Speaking of River City in The Music Man & his home town, Mason City, Iowa: I didn't have to make up anything. I simply remembered Mason City as closely as I could." - Meredith Willson

"I'll always be fascinated with radio. Radio allows you to have a one-to-one relationship with the person sharing the music with you. You can also do very many things if you're listening to the radio, things you can't so if you're watching TV or watching a phone." - David Rodigan

"Jazz and blues fests are everywhere now, and Americana is going strong on college radio. What I'm hearing is an appreciation of real music." - Bonnie Raitt

"They'd played "Sweet Home, Alabama" so many times I wanted to crash the party, kill the radio, and knife whoever was selecting the music." - Jennifer Estep

"Music itself was color-blind but the media and the radio stations segregate it based on their perceptions of the artists." - Anthony Kiedis

"I wouldn't even think of playing music if I was born in these times. I wouldn't even listen to the radio." - Bob Dylan

"Spread the word about good music. Don't just listen to what's on the radio. If you put in a little effort, you can find some truly wonderful stuff." - Nikka Costa

"Life is' a music player where you choose whats being played, it is a radio where you have to enjoy whats being played." - Zayn Malik

"Local television shows do not, in general, supply make-up artists. The exception to this is Los Angeles, an unusually generous city in this regard, since they also provide this service for radio appearances." - Fran Lebowitz

"I never went to acting school. I started in the circus, music hall, I was in a group, did kids bits. Ive always had this kind of insecurity being uneducated." - Rupert Graves

"Rhode Island has become a second home to me after being involved in its cultural life for over 61 years. I look upon it as a privilege to be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame." - George Wein

"He may not see the King's antique apparel on kids in the Hall, but he does feel a tinge of nostalgia. The amount of teens wearing the Led Zeppelin '77 tour T-shirts walking around the Rock Hall is absurd. Absurd, ... I saw them on that tour and didn't even buy a shirt. It tells you what these kids feel about music. People take music very seriously." - Howard Kremer

"Composers are influenced by all the important music in their lives - and I suppose that since radio started playing popular music, that's as likely to be The Beatles or Aphex Twin as it is to be Verdi or Ravel." - Jonny Greenwood

"[Commercial radio] is owned by one or two corporations now, and they're not in the music business. They're in the advertising business.... So let's not kid ourselves. If you want to hear music, go buy a guitar." - Elvis Costello

"Writing is not work. In fact, theres nothing better. Writing is something that if the music business went completely away tomorrow - radio stations quit existing and music quit being popular and it was old hat - I would still write songs." - Toby Keith

"The most remarkable thing about Hollywood is that it does not exist. ... Hollywood, in a word, has no center, never had one, no city hall, court house, church, square, or rather it probably has some of those but they're so aimlessly thrown in with the general jumble ... that I, for one, never found them." - Vicki Baum

"Prophecy today is hardly the romantic business that it used to be. The old tools of the trade, like the sword, the hair shirt, and the long fast in the wilderness, have given way to more contemporary, mundane instruments of doom -the book, the picket and the petition, the sit-in at City Hall." - Jane Kramer

"Music originally had a social function. You were in church, in a concert hall, a marching band; you were dancing. I'm concerned that music could be too separated from its roots and just become a pleasure-giving experience, like a drug." - Oliver Sacks

"Early on, before rock 'n' roll, I listened to big band music - anything that came over the radio - and music played by bands in hotels that our parents could dance to. We had a big radio that looked like a jukebox, with a record player on the top. The radio/record player played 78rpm records. When we moved to that house, there was a record on there, with a red label. It was Bill Monroe, or maybe it was the Stanley Brothers. I'd never heard anything like that before. Ever. And it moved me away from all the conventional music that I was hearing." - Bob Dylan

"The lowest stress environment is the radio show. I am not on camera and I can let the music do the talking. The rest is more highly pressurized or in the case of writing, time intensive task. I say yes to all of it and like all of it but the radio show, by nature of what it is, is the least hassle." - Henry Rollins

"All the things I used to count on to get my music out there - record companies, they're all gone. And radio stations, they're gone - they're completely controlled by the government. If they're not controlled by the government, they're controlled by a programmer who's controlled by the government. Mainstream radio is suspect. You can't trust it." - Neil Young

"The composer must bear in mind that the radio listener does not hear music directly. He hears it only after the sound has passed through a microphone, amplifiers, transmission lines, radio transmitter, receiving set, and, finally, the loud speaker apparatus itself." - Raymond Scott

"The first time I started choreographing was in the dark, in my living room, with the lights completely out, to some popular music on the radio. I put the radio on full blast and I started moving. I didn't know what it looked like. I didn't want to see it... I had to start in the dark." - Judith Jamison

"The Hall of Fame is forever, baby!" - Kenny Rogers

"Welcome to the Hall of Presidents." - Ted Theodore

"I was working for Alan Lomax in the Library of Congress folk song archive, and starting to realize what a wealth of different kinds of music there was in this country that you never heard on the radio." - Pete Seeger

"I listen to older music a lot more than new singers. I listen to whatever's on the radio, but when I want to listen to something that moves me I put on a Stevie Wonder record." - Mariah Carey

"...and then of course the music sprang up, lousy rock as bold and dull as a giant potato. "Love this song," Todd said, like it was unusually brave to like what was number one on the radio..." - Daniel Handler

"I remember people would talk about Country Music like it was this sexist, lame thing. Well, no, because Dolly Parton is writing songs and playing her guitar and producing. She's doing it all and she's got hits on the radio." - Neko Case

"I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies." - Charles Bukowski

"I think of hip hop as a mass media, radio, MTV thing. It's been extremely relevant over the last 10 years and rock music is just not anymore-a tear rolls down my cheek as I say that." - Win Butler

"Gene Autry was a pioneering star in the early days of music, radio, film, television and rodeo performances. I am proud to posthumously honor such an inspiring role model" - Adam Schiff

"Digital technology has eaten classic radio as we know it. Independent stations with disc jockeys who chose their own music have all gone; it's these huge parent companies that own a hundred stations and then decide what we should hear." - Joe Walsh

"When I'm riding in a car, I don't really listen to music. I turn the radio off and just be thinking, brainstorming. I'm one of these people that just like to brainstorm." - Chamillionaire

"When I get home and turn on the radio, I hear songs that are new to me, but to everybody else they're old. I try to keep the music fresh in my head." - Chamillionaire

"The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines." - E B White

"If Music is a Place - then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple." - Vera Nazarian

"It's not always easy growing up in an inner-city area, but in my music I want to show people that you can turn it into something positive." - Tinchy Stryder

"Make the kind of music you love even if you never hear it on the air. This was the basic lesson I'd gotten from Alan [Lomax]. Alan said, Pete, look at all this great music around. You never hear it on the radio, but it's right there, great music." - Pete Seeger

"You can't fight City Hall." - Proverbs

"You could put all of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's angry sermons on to one loop. You could put that loop up on the big screen at Radio City Music Hall and let it play there 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Barack Obama will still emerge as the next president of the United States." - Gary David Goldberg

"The last time I heard real screaming in the theatre was when I went to see a movie I did years ago, called 'Wait Until Dark.' Now, my mother was the least emotional person on the planet, but when I got killed in the movie, she stood up and screamed, 'That's my son!' At Radio City Music Hall in New York!" - Alan Arkin

"When a movie opened - if you lived in New York, you would see it at Radio City Music Hall where it would play a couple of weeks, and then you moved on to the next movie. Now you can see it the rest of your life - it's going to be on Netflix and DVD." - Robert Osborne

"I'm a geek and I'm a nerd, and I can listen into any piece of music. I think, I can usually tell you what orchestra it was, I can usually tell you what hall it was in. I can tell you, obviously who the conductor was, and who the composer was." - Hans Zimmer

"The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen." - W H Auden

"The music on the radio is fine, it's just not my type of music. You don't play an instrument, and you don't need to be able to sing. You just need to be able to make a beat and use auto-tune. It's crazy!" - Elizabeth Gillies

"In general when you fall in love with an artist and their music, the plan is a fairly simple one. .. get people to go and see them, and make a record that you think properly presents their music to the public and some of which you can get on the radio." - Peter Asher

"The addition of Beats will make our music lineup even better, from free streaming with iTunes Radio to a world-class subscription service in Beats, and of course buying music from the iTunes Store as customers have loved to do for years." - Eddy Cue

"Obviously I want my music on the radio and I want my record to do well, but I also have a totally different career, so a lot of people who are in music are just in music and can dedicate all their time to that and I can't do that, so I really want to have both things and I'm just trying to figure out how." - Hilary Duff

"I've been extremely lucky to work with Elmer Bernstein, Howard Shore over the years, but I've always imagined films with my own scores, because I don't come from that world or that period of filmmaking. And so how could I make up my own score on a film like this where it isn't necessarily made up of popular music from the radio or the period; it isn't necessarily classical music. But what if it's modern symphonic music?" - Martin Scorsese

"I would love to be in the Hall Of Fame." - Rob Halford

"Jerome Bettis should be in the Hall of Fame" - Curtis Martin

"Last time I checked, there is no 'Hall of Average.'" - Chip Kelly

"Well, I was into music since I was a kid, ya know, back in Detroit. I say Detroit, but it was really a little suburb outside the city called Romeo." - Kid Rock

"To be acknowledged outside of my city is amazing to me, because I don't really feel like I did nothing distasteful. I made the music I want to make, and people started to like it." - Danny Brown

"Talk radio doesn't need to be political." - Big Jim Sullivan

"I got my start in silent radio." - Bob Monkhouse

"Never take an elevator in city hall." - Harvey Milk

"City wits, country humorists." - Mason Cooley

"I was about 16 years old years when my father took me to a square dance festival in North Carolina. For the first time in my life, I found there was music in my country that you never heard on the radio, and you didn't hear on the juke boxes, and in theaters. I fell in love with it, especially the long-necked banjos." - Pete Seeger

"I adored Freddie Mercury and Queen had a hit called Radio Gaga. That's why I love the name. Freddie was unique - one of the biggest personalities in the whole of pop music. He was not only a singer but also a fantastic performer, a man of the theatre and someone who constantly transformed himself. In short: a genius." - Lady Gaga

"It was one of those moments that would have had dramatic music if my life were a movie, but instead I got a radio jingle for some kind of submarine sandwich place blaring over the store's ambient stereo. The movie of my life must be really low-budget." - Jim Butcher

"Every now and then, I might listen to music, but I try not to listen to it too much because when you turn on the radio and hear the same song over and over again. You won't appreciate it as much; it won't be as fresh." - Chamillionaire

"People are not even going to have time to listen to radio in their cars because they are going to be talking on their phones or twittering, or BBM'ing. So I feel like the only time people are going to hear music is when your phone rings, so that's the whole market I'm going after." - Spencer Pratt

"My father is doing a radio program - classical music. He has a beautiful speaking voice and that's his passion in life, his music. My mother lives in Melbourne and is an avid photographer. She's also started writing for a magazine out there and she submits poems, very funny ones, and articles. In some way or other, my family is always doing something with the media." - Olivia Newton-John

"We're dealing with music that is being played by traditional instruments in a specifically built building called a concert hall. But classical is not - the reference is wrong, because classical on one hand refers to one period in musical history, which is Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven, which is a fine period in musical history, but it was a while ago.On the other hand, it sort of alludes to some kind of "class," which A, is not true; B, is kind of detrimental to the whole idea. Because the point is that this music is available and it's actually relatively reasonably priced." - Esa-Pekka Salonen

"From talk radio to insult radio wasn't really that much of a leap ..." - Leonore Fleischer

"Toting around a full orchestra on tour is very ambitious. I would consider doing a show now and then, like do a show at Radio City or Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra." - Vanessa Carlton

"I think I had the same notion most people have, which is it's simply a town that percolates around country music. Though country-music history is deep and richly steeped throughout the city, this is a place that's been expanding musically and culturally...People coming from Europe and Canada-there are all kinds of different cultures and different music being represented here. It continues to blossom." - Joy Williams

"The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released.. . . . At the time I happened to be driving across country on Interstate 80. In each city where I stopped for gas or food - Laramie, Ogallala, Moline, South Bend - the melodies wafted in from some far-off transistor radio or portable hi-fi. It was the most amazing thing I've ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young." - Langdon Winner

"Pianists of extraordinary talent, such as Christina Petrowska,spend a large part of their early lives perfecting technique...Miss Petrowska,a Canadian with a phenomenal ability to play the most difficult music cleanly, gave a demonstration of her achievements at Carnegie Recital Hall. A product of the Juilliard School who studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti in Europe, Miss Petrowska built most of her program around fiercely difficult contemporary works. She has fingers that work like chrome-plated pistons, and her high-seated position let her bring pulverizing power to bear." - Donal Henahan

"Port Talbot is a steel town, where everything is covered with gray iron ore dust. Even the beach is completely littered with dust, it's just black. The sun was setting, and it was quite beautiful. The contrast was extraordinary, I had this image of a guy sitting there on this dingy beach with a portable radio, tuning in these strange Latin escapist songs like 'Brazil.' The music transported him somehow and made his world less gray." - Terry Gilliam

"The first time I knew what I wanted to do with my life was when I was about four years old. I was listening to an old Victrola, playing a railroad song...I thought that was the most wonderful, amazing thing...That you could take this piece of wax and music would come out of that box. From that day on, I wanted to sing on the radio." - Johnny Cash

"For a long time I wasn't listening to music, to the rock and roll stuff on the radio, because it would cause me to get sweaty-it would bring back memories I didn't want to know about, or I would get that feeling that I'm not alive 'cause I'm not making it. And if it was good, I hated it 'cause I wasn't doing it. And if it was bad, I was furious 'cause I could've done it better..." - John Lennon

"As a really young child, I was listening to the echoes of the age before, music hall and stuff like that, as well as classical bits on the radio." - Roy Harper

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio." - Gerald Ford

"Public radio is alive and kicking, it always has been" - Harold Brodkey

"The radio comes back even louder than you remember it." - Stephen Chbosky

"The radio craze will die out in time." - Thomas A Edison

"The dimensions of the radio are truly to be treasured." - Charles Osgood

"I prefer radio to TV because the pictures are better." - Alistair Cooke

"Of all the dramatic media, radio is the most visual." - John Reeves

"Tonight, it's the rock and roll all night and party every day hall of fame" - Tom Morello

"The bride hath paced into the hall, Red as a rose is she." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"cats will be clean in a pigsty while pigs will be dirty in a marble hall." - Vicki Baum

"The Hall of Fame ceremonies are on the thirty-first and thirty-second of July." - Ralph Kiner

"Our military, police forces, fire fighters ... those are the real Hall of Famers." - Chris Hanburger

"Obviously Hall & Oates wasn't overlooked by the masses in terms of the record sales." - Inara George

"The electronic town hall allows for speedy communications and bad decision-making." - David Shenk

"You can't get into the Hall of Fame unless you limp." - Casey Stengel

"The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy." - Ronald Knox

"You can't fight City Hall. It keeps changing its name." - Jack Kerouac

"We seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen. Even if family, friends, and movies should fail, there is still the radio or televsion to fill up the void... We can do our housework with soap-opera heroes at our side... Now instead of planting our solitude with our own dream blossoms, we choke the space with continuous music, chatter, and companionship to which we do not even listen. It is simply there to fill the vacuum. When the noise stops there is no inner music to take its place. We must re-learn to be alone." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"There may be a parallel between woodcuts and radio; radio plays are a living art form everywhere except the USA." - Neil Gaiman

"Butch, you come from DeWitt Clinton. There are five thousand brothers in that school. You're the best there. You've been all-city two years in a row. How bad can you be? You come with me and we'll make nice music." - Al Mcguire

"The goddess Artemis had a twin brother, Apollo, the many-faceted god of the Sun. He was her male counterpart: his domain was the city, hers the wilderness; his was the sun, hers the moon; his the domesticated flocks, hers the wild, untamed animals; he was the god of music, she was the inspiration for round dances on the mountains." - Jean Shinoda Bolen

"I've learned over the years that geography is not that important, except that I seem to work better in the country than the city. I get more done. There's just less happening around me, and I have more time and concentration to work on music." - Steve Reich

"Young men kill someone for a handful of coins, then are remorseless, even casual: Hey, man, things happen. And their parents nab the culprit: it was the city, the cops, the system, the crowd, the music. Anyone but him. Anyone but me." - Anna Quindlen

"In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship - around participation in public life." - Rebecca Solnit

"Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremble, a breath. Music begins with a vibration . . . And God created the whole universe from an atom no bigger than a thought." - Lauren Oliver

"Why do we marry, why take friends and lovers? Why give ourselves to music, painting, chemistry or cooking? Out of simple delight in the resident goodness of creation, of course; but out of more than that, too. Half earth's gorgeousness lies hidden in the glimpsed city it longs to become." - Robert Farrar Capon

"I was really lucky to grow up in an extremely diverse neighborhood. I grew up in a city called Southfield, and it's one of the most diverse cities in the country. Just from the different socio-economic statuses and racial and ethnic groups I was around, I was around all different types of music from the beginning." - Mike Posner

"Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music." - Isaac Stern

"To my city I'm the 2-3" - Drake

"The city is recruited from the country." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Florence - the city of tranquillity made manifest ..." - Katherine Cecil Thurston

"Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City." - Oscar Hammerstein Ii

"... the great white city of brotherhood, Washington ..." - Christina Stead

"Everything is real, except Beika City" - Gosho Aoyama

"Every city is a living body." - Saint Augustine

"New York City is my playground." - Bethenny Frankel

"Manchester City are defending like beavers" - Chris Kamara

"A lamb in a city of wolves." - Karen Marie Moning

"Not I, but the city teaches." - Socrates

"College radio is a very important medium that needs to survive in difficult economic times when some stations are being sold off and shut down. College radio is the future for broadcasting stars and pioneers of tomorrow, and we as a band, Coldplay, support the vital mission of college radio and we also support College Radio Day, the day when college radio comes together." - Chris Martin

"Yes, Yes Yall, You know we talkin it all see how we bringing the street corner to Cargenie hall" - Busta Rhymes

"We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead." - Jane Austen

"It's so glamorous, you have to see it." (describing the $92 million Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)" - Aretha Franklin

"Go where he will, the wise man is at home, His hearth the earth, his hall the azure dome." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"He (Gaylord Perry) should be in the Hall of Fame with a tube of KY jelly attached to his plaque." - Gene Mauch

"Why should we not enter into our inheritance in the church as well as the concert hall?" - Ralph Vaughan Williams

"Collage is like a hall of mirrors. Every direction you look, you see something different and visually stimulating." - Nita Leland

"Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same." - Anandamayi Ma

"They"re evacuating the younger kids and everyone's meeting in the Great Hall to get organized. We"re fighting." - J K Rowling

"Voiceover work reminds me of old-time radio. When I was little I used to sneak and stay up at night and listen to Mystery Radio Theater - I loved all those old radio plays." - Virginia Madsen

"Radio has always been pictures of the mind; for me, the essence of radio has always been voices that talk to me and don't patronise me." - David Rodigan

"I hate people eating on film. I hate it even worse on the radio, when people eat on the radio. I just can't stand it." - Helen Mirren

"Joel Lane documents a life we do' quite live, in a city we ca' quite find: half glimpsed and half imagined, we know it's out there somewhere. Waiting, maybe. Mixing fear with desire, reputation with regret. Touching the blood-beat of our secret hunger with the rhythms of a music that never felt alien till now. Wasted lives, with never a wasted word. It's an extraordinary achievement: vivid as neon, real as rain. Devastating." - Chaz Brenchley

"A city without books, a city without a library is like a graveyard." - Malala Yousafzai

"It makes me crazy to think that somebody might attack my city or any other city." - Billy Corgan

"True citizens of the heavenly city are the best residents of the earthly city." - Timothy Keller

"What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city." - Coriolanus III

"I was doing these performance art pop music pieces in the city. And they were a bit on the eccentric side I suppose. So people started to call me Gaga after the Queen song 'Radio Gaga.'" - Lady Gaga

"You make music to change the radio, not make music for the radio." - Nayvadius Cash



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