11 Insightful Music Quotes from the Pros

Why is music so interesting? What compels people to continually listen to, to play, and to engage with music?

The pros might be able to provide us with some valuable insights into the world of music and what it means to them. Here are 11 insightful music quotes from the pros.

Billy Joel

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

Music has the ability to connect people in ways that language does not. In a way, it’s a language unto itself.

Jimi Hendrix

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix

Many artists believe that music has the ability to change the world. Just consider the following quote.


“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

Music truly can impact people. It can entertain, educate, engage, and even inspire.

Edgar Winter

“Music is very spiritual. It has the power to bring people together.” – Edgar Winter

If a previous post on guitar players contains even an ounce of truth, it underpins the idea that musicians are very spiritual people. If musicians are spiritual, and spirituality is contagious, it is possible that it transmits a power that brings people together.

Elton John

“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton John

Music does have the ability to heal. The availability of music therapy certifications, courses and services supports this fact.

Jason Mraz

“Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

Music can make you feel better, and it is known to reduce stress.

Eddie Van Halen

“…if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to be where you want to be.” – Eddie Van Halen

Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen encourages musicians to keep on playing if they want to achieve their career goals.

Eddie Vedder

“I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it servers different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.” – Eddie Vedder

Music means different things to different people.

Frank Zappa

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” – Frank Zappa

The always insightful Frank Zappa gives us a philosophical view of the importance of music.

Brian May

“I think music is about our internal life. It’s part of the way people touch each other. That’s very precious to me. And astronomy is, in a sense, the very opposite thing. Instead of looking inwards, you are looking out, to things beyond our grasp.” – Brian May

Ancient Greek thinkers linked music and astronomy together because of how the studies are primarily about numerical relationships.

Thom Yorke

“I think artists can influence only through making music that challenges people, excites them and flips them out. Music that repeats what you know in ever-increasing derivation, that’s un-challenging and un-stimulating, deadens our minds, our imagination and our ability to see beyond the hell we find ourselves in.” – Thom Yorke

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke explains why flash-in-the-pan music just doesn’t last.