Tom Glazer Quotes


29 Tom Glazer quotes:



"A characteristic of older folksongs, in most cases, is that we don't know their composers or authors. Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind. They were passed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation."
"As I grew up, I was interested in other areas, too, especially literature. It became a major love of mine. Later, it became a difficult choice for me as to whether to major in music or literature. It wasn't until my 30s that I began a profession in music."
"For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them."
"I ended up performing on a full time basis and I never got to Julliard at all."
"I have a great interest in a number of things, perhaps too many. I admire people who seem to concentrate on only one fixed discipline to the exclusion of almost everything else."
"I met my wife in Washington, D.C. I was a senior in college. WW II was about to descend upon us. Jobs were starting to open up after a prolonged depression."
"I obtained a job at the Library of Congress. I loved books, so I felt at home. I was going to end up, I thought, majoring in English and teach at the college level."
"I started my career at the top and have been working my way downwards ever since."
"I taught myself to drive. I hope that the child in me never dies."
"I wrote the Brotherhood song for no money out of my deep feelings about humanity, and because I was flattered that whatever talents I had, had been recognized."
"In the 50s, I wrote the lyrics to an old melody called Melody of Love, which was number one for a while. It later turned into a major hit."
"Just this morning, out of a large memory for songs, and having been obsessed by them since childhood, suddenly, at the age of 84, I thought of a song I hadn't thought of in over 50 years. It came into my head unbidden."
"Later in the public schools of Philadelphia, where I was born, music was a very strong pervasive element, which struck me with great force."
"Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds negative and performers are not supposed to be negative, but when I was on the road, I was lonely."
"Music was around in my family in two ways. My mother would occasionally sing to me, but I was mostly stimulated by the classical music my father had left behind. I had an ear for music, I suppose, so that's what began my interest in music."
"My Dad died during the flu epidemic in 1918 when I was 4 years old. He left a lot of classical recordings behind that I began listening to at an early age, so he must have been a music lover."
"Participation, I think, or one of the best methods of educating."
"Technically, I've been retired for some time now. All I ever do is occasionally write songs for friends, such as one, for a friend who had just turned 80. I wrote a song for him called, The First 80 Years are The Hardest."
"The Musicians was recorded as a quartet by Dinah Shore, Phil Harris, Tony Martin and Betty Hutton. It was not a hit; it came and went."
"They say poets write mostly for themselves; if anyone else likes it, well and good, if not, it doesn't matter; certainly, not to me."



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