Voice and music—some favorite quotes

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” —Daniel Webster

“The best communications technology is the ear.”— Esther Dyson

“A voice that is free, that feels its inherent right to speak, will have no fear of calling out, whenever and wherever it is needed.” —Arthur Lessac

“Music means different things to different people…[but] it must, in my view, have something to do with the soul of the human being. Hence it is metaphysical; but the means of expression is purely and exclusively physical: sound. I believe it is precisely this permanent coexistence of metaphysical message through physical means that is the strength of music.” —Daniel Barenboim, in “Beethoven and the Quality of Courage,” New York Review of Books 4/4/2013, p. 30.

“The voice is on the borderline between the physical and the spiritual.” —I.L. Peretz

“When danger approaches, sing to it.” —Syrian proverb


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