Musical Phrases


“Is there anything that can hurt more than music? Just the line of a song — and a whole period of your life comes flooding back… All those memories, all that emotion.” — Katherine V. Forrest, Murder at the Nightwood Bar

“This turmoil
this music
I cannot make order of it
I care not to”

— Robert Ronnow, ‘Bone Music’ from Brother Death

“The music continues furious like blood moving for a few more minutes in a dead man. She lies under the sound and witnesses her brain coming back, lighting its candle in the dark. And breathes in and breathes out and breathes in and breathes out.” — Michael Ondaatje, Anil’s Ghost

“What words, what
old music
shuddering in me”

— O.V. de L. Milosz

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Nietzsche

“If only I was music
from head to toe –

— Shirey Zelda, from ‘If Only’ (translated from the Hebrew by Saleet Malin)


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2 responses to “Musical Phrases

  1. hermione

    ”Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
    Victor Hugo (1802-85)

  2. “Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.” Charles Baudelaire

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