„I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.“
„I can't sing. As a singist I am not a success. I am saddest when I sing. So are those who hear me. They are sadder even than I am.“
— Artemus Ward American writer 1834 - 1867
Artemus Ward, His Travels http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/eafbin2/toccer-eaf?id=Weaf483&tag=public&data=/www/data/eaf2/private/texts&part=0, Lecture (1865).
„I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me.“
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
Context: I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed. The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for. Statement to the court (1961) prior to his sentencing on contempt of Congress charges for his refusal to reveal names of communist or socialist acquaintances before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955.
„Oh, I'm sorry, sir, if I offended you. I am not anti-Semitic. I love all of my brothers and sisters. Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, even the atheists, I love them all. Like you Americans sing, 'Joy to the world and Jeremiah Bullfrog!“
— Sherman Alexie Native American author and filmmaker 1966
Ten Little Indians (2003)
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, The Red Shoes (1993)
„They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt;
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1860s, May-Day and Other Pieces (1867), Brahma, st. 3
— James Jones American author 1921 - 1977
To Reach Eternity (1989), Context: Also by the way, I have found a title for this book. From Here to Eternity. Taken from the "Whiffenpoof" song, of Yale drinking fame. It goes: "We are little black sheep who have gone astray, baa... baa... baa. Gentlemen songsters out on a spree, damned from here to eternity. God have mercy on such as we. Baa, etc." Maybe it's maudlin, but so am I. I get chills every time I sing it, even when sober. Letter to Maxwell Perkins (21 October 1946); p. 80
„I have a very young brother and sister, and if you can get a kid singing the words to a song after they heard it for the first time, it's a hit.“
— Адам Левин singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer from the United States 1979
When asked how he can predict that a song will be a hit. Scaggs, Austin (2007-05-31), "Adam Levine". Rolling Stone. (1027):36.
— Mick Jagger British rock musician, member of The Rolling Stones 1943