Author(s): Benedetta LoBalbo
The fifth title in our popular quotation collection series, this volume gathers words by and about musicians. One quotation per page--the quote on the left and right side of the spread responding in some way to each other. The Musician Says resembles a dinner or cocktail party, with a musician from the nineteenth century chatting with one practicing today, or two contemporary musicians talking to each other--complimenting, competing, disagreeing. This is a collection of bright, intriguing, and provocative quotations from those who have spent a lifetime writing songs and performing them in front of loyal audiences. It's honest, wry, and sometimes very moving. To hear Beethoven and John Lee Hooker "talk" about how they keep track of their musical ideas, so as not to lose them, or Mozart and Steven Tyler complain about ongoing money challenges, reminds us all that the creative process bridges time and place, and music is indeed a universal language.
A pianist from the age of five, Benedetta LoBalbo began writing songs as a natural way to merge her Master of English degree with her musical training. After winning the New York City Music Award for Best Unsigned Artist, she began writing personalised songs for children of all ages. She is published by Christmas and Holiday Music in Los Angeles, California, and has produced a CD of original lullabies that can be heard on Pandora. She is currently in the process of writing songs for her next CD.