Quotes of the Day for 28 July 2011 – Singing
Hubert Prior Vallee was born at Island Pond, Vermont on this day in 1901. He joined the Navy in 1917 but was promptly discharged as he was underage. He went back to high school and studied saxophone and clarinet, so when the next war came along he enlisted in the Coast Guard and led one of their district bands. When fronting one of his big bands, he sang through a megaphone. On this day in 1933 the very first singing telegram was delivered, to none other than Rudy Vallee. So here are some thoughts on Singing, from singers.
For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open - into the light, out of the darkness.
- Reba McEntire
A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God.... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.
- Marian Anderson, 1897 - 1993
If singing were all that serious, frowning would make you sound better.
- Pete Seeger
I'm not in it for the money. I like music. I love to write music. I can't imagine myself not playing or singing or writing. It would just drive me crazy if I didn't.
- Paul Simon
I was influenced a lot by those around me — there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.
- Willie Nelson
I came from an upper-middle class home, which is always a hard cross for a country singer to bear.
- Kinky Friedman
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