Top 395 Notes Quotes

In this post, you will find great Notes Quotes from famous people, such as Sally Mann, Ritchie Blackmore, Chord Overstreet, Pete Townshend, Jon Brion. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

When I read, I take notes and underline things. So read

When I read, I take notes and underline things. So reading is a vigorous process for me, but I read in bed. My poor husband is trying to go to sleep, and I’m reaching over him to get the Post-it notes.
Session work makes you more strict. You can’t hit notes all over the place. You’ve got to make each one really count.
My dad is in the music business in Nashville. I was the third child born in my family, and there are three notes in a chord, so that’s how they came up with my name.
When The Who first started, we were playing blues, and I dug the blues and I knew what I was supposed to be playing, but I couldn’t play it. I couldn’t get it out. I knew what I had to play; it was in my head. I could hear the notes in my head, but I couldn’t get them out on the guitar.
People’s association with improvisation means one person playing an endless stream of notes over something, and it doesn’t have to be.
Jon Brion
Whenever the boss has ‘fun’ activities, there’s got to be a parable or a lesson. Employees feel like they’re supposed to be taking notes.
Greg Daniels
My father played one of the first electric guitars in England. He built his own in 1940, because you couldn’t buy them in those days. He used three telephone pickups under the strings, which gave chronic distortion on chords but was quite good on single notes.
English is like music. The English language is really fit for singing. The notes match the feelings, and it makes sense.
In English, I never did the reading when it was assigned. If a paper was due on Friday, my attitude was, read half the book on Tuesday, the second half on Wednesday, and write the paper Thursday night. Sometimes, I’d just read the Cliff‘s Notes and skip the book altogether.
I like hearing other writers just about the way they approach writing. It gives me energy for my own work. It’s weird; I’m always taking notes about fiction when I’m listening to people talk about craft.
I’m not the fastest drummer in the world, but I’m very into dynamics and knowing that there’s space in between the notes and you got to breathe.
I never make notes; just a few small details when I’m writing, but nothing much. The plot is never written down. I will tell the story to myself, but I won’t plan it. I’ll speak the narrative in my head for a while.
Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin. Now, they are so subtle, they can milk you with two notes. They can make you feel like they told you the whole universe. But I don’t know that yet. All I got now is strength. Maybe if I keep singing, maybe I’ll get it.
Janis Joplin
The worst words I could ever hear as a bass player was, ‘Can you play the root notes?’
On every show I’ve ever done, one of the first network notes is, ‘You have to put a time clock on this thing.’
Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
The notes are right, but if I listened they would be wrong.
Eugene Ormandy
Now I can broadcast to an audience of several million people on the ‘Today’ programme. I can talk about the day’s news. But on radio, believe it or not, we have notes and scripts. And while we might ad lib the odd wryly amusing asides, they come at the frequency of a suburban bus. About one every 90 minutes.
Potentially significant, by the way, because we don’t know exactly what‘s in Matt Cooper‘s notes, and we don’t know – and we don’t still know the answer to the crucial question of whether it was Rove or somebody else that revealed Valerie Plame’s name to him.
Michael Isikoff
There are two types of session guitar players. One reads and only plays what the ‘dotssay. The other adds that something special and plays notes and solos you dream of. Big Jim Sullivan was such a player.
You should take notes whenever you hear interesting or original language.
In live action, sometimes a mood or a feeling can go on for quite a while. Animation is a lot more effort. There are a lot more notes.
For my fragrance, I knew I wanted something sweet but with a different side to it. I have a lot of vanilla notes and bakery shop scents, but then I also have muskier notes that make it a bit edgier. It’s fun but also sophisticated.
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
With seven boys and one sister, there was always a lot of music in the house. A few of my brothers were playing instruments, so it was from hearing that, coupled with discovering early rock, which triggered me to pick up a guitar and try to pick out the notes.
In Spanish, for whatever reason, I lean more toward the high notes.
If what you do for a living is play drums or bass, then that defines you. You don’t want to be some guy missing notes here and there; you want to really speak with it.
What we look for when we need to find someone who can fit in with our music, the vocals and the harmonies and the way they blend are very important to us because if you listen to Beach Boys music, the harmonies, not only are the notes being sung, but there’s a blend to it. The voices have to blend.
I am always impressed by interviewers who can do the whole thing without notes. I can’t. I need reminders on my knee. Dates, first names, quotes in bold text.
On a personal level, I send out about 20 thank-you notes a day to staffers, on all levels. And every six weeks I have lunch with a group of a dozen or so employees, to get their perspective on the business, to address problems and to get feedback.
Although I’ve made notes for things and even written synopses sitting in trains or on park benches, for the complete composition of things I need absolute solitude, preferably an empty house.
Blues, rock and hip hop are more about a lifestyle and

Blues, rock and hip hop are more about a lifestyle and culture than notes on a page.
The three theater peeps I would love to dine with are Mel Brooks, because he is so funny; Stephen Sondheim, because he is a god-like genius; and Ethel Merman, to compare notes on fabulous belting.
Nancy Allen
Interplay and interaction are the integral parts of music – they’re as important as the notes.
Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound.
Eduard Hanslick
I take almost no notes when I write. I have one notebook – this old green leather notebook that my dad gave me a decade ago.
It’s very important with these young people who are graduating and getting married to write thank-you notes.
Music is the silence between the notes.
Claude Debussy
When you hear a great two-track of a performance in Carnegie Hall, let’s say, it sounds like you’re right there at that moment. It’s true to reality. And the closer it gets, once it gets too technical, it becomes very tinny to hear notes. It doesn’t sound right. It has to be natural.
Use description of landscape to help you establish the emotional tone of the scene. Keep notes of how other authors establish mood and foreshadow events by describing the world around the character.
It’s very rare for me to come across a script for NYMF that is truly its own animal. That’s really what appealed to me about ‘Valueville.’ I still have my notes from when I first read it.
I always write authors after I read their books. I’ve been doing it for years. I write a formal letter and send it to them in care of their agent. My mother always taught us to write thank you notes, and if an author puts themselves out there, they like to hear that their book connected with someone.
If President Obama were to enroll in an American government class, the professor would mark him absent on most days. In the first 100 days of his second term, the president has failed to show up to class, take notes and complete the daunting task of rising to the challenges facing him.
I wanted to play piano, and that slid quickly into writing – it wasn’t enough to play other people’s notes: I had to write notes too.
Luc Ferrari
As a soprano who sings ‘Lucia di Lammermoor,’ I have the high notes and the trills. No problems there. But going into the low registers is lots of work.
I consider myself a jazz singer. I think I stick to the roots of improvisation, singing in front of the beat, behind the beat, playing with notes and harmonies.
One person might be able to learn by reading, another will have a good audio memory, and another will make notes in different colored pens. I have a more multi sensory memory – I remember what I was doing when I learnt it and where I was.
One should indeed read Pope with his notes available, in the Twickenham edition possibly, to see what a vast amount he did understand about Homer.
I keep a journal and just kind of take notes. I don’t really so much sit down and write songs – I just take a lot of notes, and sometimes I sit down and put them all together.
If I can play one note and make you cry, then that’s better than those fancy dancers playing twenty notes.
I always like being a director in terms of giving acting notes and punching up on the fly.
I grew up seeing my sister in the studio. I would go to recording sessions and take notes.
One of the greatest technicians of all time was a man named W. D. Gann (1878-1955). He had tremendous success predicting market moves much in advance. Legend has it that he occasionally sent notes to ‘The Wall Street Journal’, which accurately predicted tops and bottoms in grain markets months ahead of time.
I think in my mum’s house, I still have my revision notes from my GCSE anthology book!
My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in.
When I’m in the field, when I’m working, I keep very careful notes. I wear big shirts with big breast pockets, and I carry in them two little spiral notebooks.
Peter Matthiessen
After my husband died, I could not write much – I could not concentrate. I was too exhausted most of the time even to contemplate writing. But I did take notes – not for fiction, but for a journal, or diary, of this terrible time. I did not think that I would ever survive this interlude.
We get notes sent to us backstage from college students that say, ‘My parents used to play your albums all the time! I grew up with you, and I love the new stuff.’
I do research, I read books. I write down everything that I intend to say and this may take several hours. Then when I am out there preaching, I do not carry notes.
No notes. You speak from deep in your heart. It’s easy.
When I write notes in my journal, I’m just trying to scribble down as much as possible. Later on, I decide whether to follow some of those first impressions or whether to abandon them.
With some actors, if I have upward of 10 notes, I don’t want to give them all 10 notes and overwhelm them. I usually parse them out three or four at a time.
'Pootie Tang' may be raw and slovenly - hey, it often i

‘Pootie Tang’ may be raw and slovenly – hey, it often is raw and slovenly – but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it; I’m not sure what Pootie would say.
I never use notes, they interfere with me.
I don’t have any legato skills; I could never figure out how to roll the notes off.
Behind the notes, something different is told, and that’s what the interpreter must find out. He may sit down and play one passage one way and then perhaps exaggerate the next, but, in any event, he must do something with the music. The worst thing is not to do anything.
To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat.
It is really hard to do comedy; it takes a lot of energy and focus. It’s rather like music: It’s a lot of hitting notes precisely.
Every fundamental law has exceptions. But you still need the law or else all you have is observations that don’t make sense. And that’s not science. That’s just taking notes.
Playing with words is like combining different notes in music.
I’m not somebody who carries around a notepad and writes songs all day long. I don’t imagine everything I think of is worth being in a song. So I tend to collect notes, and I set time aside to go to work and write songs.
In rock n’ roll, there are notes that aren’t like notes. They’re something in between, and it’s the way you scoop into it.
Taking notes at a pub in Salisbury, I was mistaken for a health inspector!
Background scores allow me an absolute flight of the imagination, and I travel in my mind‘s eye. I do not like the scores to have vocal notes, because they act as a limitation to these flights of fancy.
I get notes posted on my windscreen wipers and through my letterbox.
The huge, turgid work of history, sinking under the weight of its own ‘politically correctthesis and its foot- and source notes, is not the British way of writing history, and never has been.
With proper acting, I don’t know what I would play – I got sent a script for a play, and it said in the notes that my proposed character was ‘hideously fat and ugly‘. That made my day. I mean, I do know I am no oil painting.
I’d love to be a diva. But I’d then have to send so many apology notes for my abhorrent behaviour.
Being in a class with kids, meeting new people, and borrowing notes from other students – I’ve never done that before. I’ve always had to fend for myself.
Pretty much, the writer‘s in charge in theater. Of course you’re in charge with the director, but no one can change your words. People can give you notes, but you don’t have to take them. In Hollywood you take them and you cash your check and that’s your job. It’s very different.
David Lindsay-Abaire
When I play the first few notes of a song and people start screaming, I think: ‘That’s why I did this. That’s why I wrote this song. That’s a good job.’ And it is a job.
I was really sickened with people passing on comments that I have nasal touch while singing. Naturally, when anyone sings with high-pitched octaves, some notes may slight get in touch modalities with nasal, and that doesn’t actually mean ‘nasal singing.’
I was very chatty and talkative and always getting sent out of class for talking too much and not paying attention, passing notes.
When I first got married to my husband, he had boxes full of photos of my two stepsons, ages 5 and 8 at the time, and I put them together in some little albums and wrote notes about how happy I was that they were a part of my life.
Nancy O’Dell
A commission and an original are two different things, and both have their virtues and vices. A commission is a bit more collaborative, in that you outline the story that you think should be told, and then you write it. And then, there are notes and you change it, in the conventional studio system.
When I was 5 years old, I saw people dancing in my head. In college, I would choreograph for the cultural shows, and in my notes, I would actually create formations of people. It was how my whole brain worked.
Every reporter inhales skepticism. You interview people, and they lie. You face public figures, diligently making notes or taping what is said, and they perform their interviews to fit a calculated script. The truth, alas, is always elusive.
Human atoms are the notes, their life the symphony.
I wouldn’t go to pro wrestling. It’s not really my thing. I’m a fan, but I think every sport could take some notes from the WWE – how they’ve progressed and stayed relevant for such a long period of time.
I make notes about things I see in films that really affect me, like the ending of ‘Jules and Jim.’ I think about how I can utilize things in my work. And I have a team of people who keep me down to earth.
The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.
Wassily Kandinsky
I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff.
The ballet embodies the notes of music. And sometimes you almost feel like you can see the notes dance up there on the stage.
I feel like the great filmmakers who have a true voice,

I feel like the great filmmakers who have a true voice, yeah they take the notes, they understand the notes, but it’s really about the notes underneath the notes. When you do a test screening and somebody says, ‘Well, I didn’t like the love story,’ but it was probably just too long.
The evasion of justice within academia is all the more infuriating because the course of sexual harassment is so predictable. Since I started writing about women and science, my female colleagues have been moved to share their stories with me; my inbox is an inadvertent clearinghouse for unsolicited love notes.
I used to take formal notes in lines of blue, and underline the key words in red, and I realised I needed only the key words and the idea. Then to bring in connections, I drew arrows and put in images and codes. It was a picture outside my head of what was inside my head – ‘mind map’ is the language my brain spoke.
This is what I want in heaven… words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.
No two notes are ever the same volume. With the guitar, you really have to model in your mind this wider thing; you’re trying to create the illusion of a bigger dynamic range.
We are in this Alice in Wonderland world where parliament has approved a motion saying: ‘notes the government will not deploy U.K. troops in ground combat operations.’ It doesn’t say: ‘brackets not special forces.’ But the convention is that it is ‘brackets not special forces.’
Music has brought me some of the highest moments of my life. I don’t even hear the music. I don’t even hear the notes. I’m not aware that someone has turned on a tape machine – I’m in another world.
When I sing, it’s the most solitary state: just me, and the microphone, and the holy spirit. It’s not about notes or scales, it’s all about emotion.
Some of the first infographics I did started off as notes to myself: trying to plot out, for instance, how IP addresses are allocated. After a while, I thought, ‘This is a neat thing I can share with people, and they can follow me along in that process of understanding.’
When I drive, I check out everything I see, and just taking in all those observations helps me think. So I draw and write a lot as I drive, and I know that’s dangerous, but I manage to do it off to the side, with my notes on the seat.
My real name is Chord Overstreet. I actually got my name because my dad is in the music business as a songwriter. I was the third one in my family born, and there are three notes in a chord, so that’s how they came up with my name.
I use my phone to record notes or hum melodies. That’s how I remember them.
There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.
Although I am a Telugu girl, I never felt that my debut in Telugu was delayed. I always wanted to be part of a good script, and I am pleased that ‘Goodachari’ hit the right notes.
If, in the schools, the classical language would no longer be taught, whom could we entrust with the writing of memorials, documents, letters and notes in the public service? How could we possibly assign important offices and heavy responsibilities to someone who cannot even write fluently?
I wasn’t the best student, and for some reason, I always got music. While other people were having trouble figuring out notes on a page, I could listen to it once and play it back.
I don’t do any editing while we’re making the movie. I sit down and watch it all with my editor, we make longhand notes on pads, and then we begin our work.
Whenever I get an idea for a song, even before jotting down the notes, I can hear it in the orchestra, I can smell it in the scenery, I can see the kind of actor who will sing it, and I am aware of an audience listening to it.
Richard Rodgers
As a singer, you kind of are able to feel notes.
I have a journal of everything I’ve ever climbed since 2005. For the entry about free soloing Half Dome, I put a frowny face and added some little notes about what I should have done better, and then underlined it. Turns out that is one of my biggest climbing achievements.
I was always playing the Hammond Organ back to front even during the days of the Nice, going back to 1968. Really what I was doing there, was choosing notes at random and trying to make some sense of them, improvising back to front.
No one has any respect for someone who can play a million notes per minute but can’t put together a decent tune that someone can sing to or feel some sort of emotion from.
The Indian economy has declined because of the peculiar Indian ‘invention‘ of that perfidious financial derivative called Participatory Notes, or PNs, otherwise known as the crony/crooked facilitator for black-money-based portfolio investment. No other country would think of such a derivative.
I carry a small spiral notebook with me at all times and have been doing this for many years. There’s a shoe box in my closet filled with these notebooks, each riddled with notes and impressions, ideas, schemes, and soup recipes.
You’ve got to realize. In the western world, regardless of what color you are, what title the music is, it’s all played by the same notes.
In a digital age, I still love sending and receiving cards, hand-writing notes, and wrapping gifts.
Growing up in a bluegrass or acoustic-oriented world, the musicians become so focused on performance, as far as playing. We tend to overanalyze the notes, so you’re always trying to sharpen everything up.
I’m trying to get my head in the game, think about the questions I wanted to ask, breast milk is flying everywhere – over my notes – and I – how do you ‘lean in’ at that moment? What is the equivalent of that for Wolf Blitzer or Joe Scarborough?
I’m more of a tough girl, and I’m attracted to things that reflect that in my perfumes. That means sandalwood, musk, amber, and vanilla notes.
My process is kind of intuitive – I think about how a character will speak according to their station and personality, occasionally making notes with guidelines for their mannerisms, and then I just sort of crack on and write it.
I like directing myself; I feel like it’s one less person to give notes to. There’s an efficiency in it. I’m also kind of a control freak. So I like the fact that it gives me more control in the overall picture.
Alex Karpovsky
I still use felt tip pens for my notes, on a white boar

I still use felt tip pens for my notes, on a white board that I carry around with me. I am not into the computer technology – you can say that quite safely.
When civilization takes a nose dive, how can you look away? You’ve got to be there. You’ve got to be at the bottom of the swimming pool taking notes.
And, so, when I picked up the guitar, suddenly, just playing a couple of notes really, really spoke to me. It was almost like I should have been doing it prior to that. You know, it was something that just felt really natural.
You make mental notes. You’re a coach, so you make mental notes from matchups, to who steps up in the playoffs to who doesn’t, different types of players.
The right notes mean more than 1,000 mph arpeggios.
Using string bends instead of just playing regular, unbent notes can definitely help give certain riffs a cooler, heavier edge.
Losing my hearing was always my biggest fear, so what’s the worst that can happen, sing the wrong notes? Who cares, it’s not going to kill you.
I work like every journalist works so I have recordings, I have notes.
When I started rhyming, my favorite rhythms were from John Coltrane and some of the things he did on sax. And certain rhythms that I hear on drums, I try to emulate with my words, dropping on the same patterns that them beats or them notes would hit.
Sometimes a couple notes are worth a thousand words.
One of the important things, which I wrote on yellow post-it notes and stuck on the wall during therapy, was that we are the product of our own thoughts.
In middle school, I did the whole, like, ‘Do you like me? Check this box yes, check this box no,’ I did that to so many crushes; I always got in trouble for passing notes in school.
I look at some young commentators who sit down with piles of notes, and of course, what are you going to do if you’ve spent hours preparing all this stuff? You’re going to bloody well read it out. Boring!
If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake.
So I have probably 1,200 little bits of paper with notes, which when the Ambien really starts to kick in, don’t really make much sense. Say what you like about prescription drugs, but they do help when you’re sequencing a record.
Music is the language of the angels. You can hear just one or two chords, one or two notes of a song, and bam – you’re right back there, you’re right back in that moment, you’re back in that day, you’re back at that prom, you’re back in the car.
I do write long, long character notes – family background, history, details of appearance – much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage.
As long as I can sing and hit the notes, I want to do that.
I have this nook at Milk Bar that’s my office, and my desk was just full of every box of Kellogg’s cereal, and at different times during the day, I would open up a box, eat a bowl of cereal, and I live in a world of Post-it notes, so I would leave tasting notes on all the cereal.
My aunt Ruth Brown was a jazz musician. I got hooked on it at a young age, understanding what John Coltrane was doing playing two notes on the saxophone at the same time, which is impossible.
Way back in my mid-20s, I started making notes. I would just jot things down: lists of street names, songs, peculiar turns of speech, jokes, whatever.
To me, the newspaper business was a way to learn about life and how things worked in the real world and how people spoke. You learn all the skills – you learn to listen, you learn to take notes – everything you use later as a novelist was valuable training in the newspaper world. But I always wanted to write novels.
I often spend the majority of my time thinking and writing down notes.
I’ll put it this way: I couldn’t just go out the practice without looking at the playbook, without looking at notes. I wouldn’t be able to do much.
I chose my classes based on which professors did not take attendance, and then I traded Padres tickets for notes from class. I wasn’t the student of the month.
When you unbox a My Little Pony or a Strawberry Shortcake doll, you were hit with a sweet, impossibly perfect fragrance of fresh, machine-made plastic oftentimes infused with floral and fruity notes to bring the toy to life. That third dimension of sensory experience made the toy so real to me.
There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unspeakable, all those things come into being a composer, into writing music, into searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.
I was not allowed to take notes but my friend and I memorised those two and a half pages. Most people talked to me because of the warning. They knew this book was not going to be the official line.
Jung Chang
From paying off friends’ tax bills to rescuing stray dogs and stuffing £20 notes into the hands of homeless people, I can’t get rid of my money fast enough.
I feel like maybe I get more nervous when I’m singing. One, it’s live. Two, there’s a lot of people watching. And three, you have to make sure you get the right notes and everything.
It’s not enough to hit the notes. There is no point in the singers just standing there and sounding wonderful if they’re not connecting with the characters they are portraying.
I first started reading about Barack and taking notes w

I first started reading about Barack and taking notes when he won the Iowa caucuses in January 2008 because I was embarrassed that, at that point, I knew virtually nothing about him.
David Garrow
Comedians are always hitting the topical notes that are on everybody‘s minds.
When you’re making a film, there are so many people involved that you get opinions and notes from people and you don’t even know who they are. I find that quite difficult and it wears you down.
Most of us live for the critic, and he lives on us. He doesn’t sacrifice himself. He gets so much a line for writing a criticism. If the birds should read the newspapers, they would all take to changing their notes. The parrots would exchange with the nightingales, and what a farce it would be!
It’s impossible to play a run with as much feeling as a single note. I’ve never been so much into runs as making single notes cry.
Robin Trower
I used to get very angry as I was getting older, because my voice was breaking. So I’ve trained my voice so religiously through my teenage years, because I wanted to be able to hit the notes that those females hit. And I can, which is great.
I’m a little Type A, and I have this really thick binder whenever I do a movie where I make a million notes, and in between takes, I’m checking it out.
It can be insulting to an actor when the director comes out, and they have no notes on the performance, and all they care about is that the camera has to do this one technical thing.
There are only so many chords and notes in the world.
Christopher Hitchens and I were not friends or even acquaintances. We never met or spoke on the phone, just exchanged occasional brief letters – notes, really – hand-written and snail-mailed at first, e-mailed later.
Auto-tune is good to keep your notes intact, but it doesn’t do much for the feel of your voice.
The thing that’s tricky is sometimes the best voices – just because someone hits the big notes and sounds amazing – it doesn’t necessarily mean they make the greatest artists.
I don’t want to be on a soapbox, but I feel like a lot of documentary filmmakers are part of the ancient tradition of writing down notes, of saying, ‘Hey people, hey people!’
I had a very misguided notion of what ‘network notes’ were. I thought they were well-meant suggestions, perhaps urgently meant, but just suggestions nonetheless. And actually, they’re demands. You have to do them, or you will not be paid.
I like to have space between the notes. I like to use silence.
The older I get, the more I just like plugging directly into my amp. I’m tired of trying to impress myself with weird sounds. It’s about the notes more.
My first instrument was bass, and the first thing that I remember learning to play that was better than a few notes was Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘The Chain.’ If you’re the guy who penned that bass riff, then you should probably be in some sort of fantasy band.
You can criticize any news staff in some ways, but the one thing that you couldn’t call the Village Voice staff was a staff of stenographers, taking notes from public figures and just passing them on.
Sydney Schanberg
I don’t think I’m a singer that likes to flex my vocals. I’ll do some runs and a bunch of high notes, but that’s it. I really pride myself and I really work on just trying to sing. Like emotions. Just using my voice, not doing anything extra.
When I first got signed, I used to literally pick up a pen and pad. Write bars in my notes, even whole songs. Nowadays, I just go off the feeling.
People think I’m not polite. But, what I have to say to people seems so unnecessary. I can’t be forced. I’d rather just be what I feel. Even when I sing I try to imagine I’m all alone, there’s nobody out there listening. I play with the notes, with the feeling. Each time the song is different for me.
I’d like to think that my mentors, I’ve had the highest of education and one thing I’ve always noted, they were always writing stuff down, taking notes.
In comics, there are depths that don’t reveal themselves immediately, and the stuff that you might consider anal about ‘Watching the Watchmen‘ – like the notes where I plot the rotation of a perfume bottle through the air – might not be particularly obvious to anyone who reads it.
I like the two worlds coming together in the Internet space, which is so up for grabs… It all struck me when I heard about Twitter and Instagram, how it’s like notes you pass in class. If someone’s passing you a note, you really should be doing something else, and instead you’re like, oh, ‘What are you doing?’
ICICI Bank was the first bank to recalibrate its ATMs for 2000 and then also for 500 rupee notes, and now we have some ATMs which give out 2000, 500, 100 – all of them.
I won’t say if nerd is the right term, but I’m a big, big cricket fanatic. I just cannot stop thinking, talking cricket. I do carry notebooks and make notes to look at improving and developing my own game.
When you can’t follow a ballet’s action, you can always read the program notes.
I do my best to build a strong factual foundation for each of my novels and rely upon my author’s notes to keep my conscience clear.
Sharon Kay Penman
The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.
I have 800 books of just Samuel Beckett’s work, tons of his correspondence, personal letters that he wrote. I have copies of plays he used when he directed, so all of his handwritten notes are in the corners of the page.
John Larroquette
I can play songs that I hear from a movie and just play it a few times on the keyboard. I will hit all the notes on the keyboard until I find the right key, and then I will play the rest of the song.
I'm known for my handwritten notes.

I’m known for my handwritten notes.
To me, the biggest notes and the longest notes are the easiest notes.
I think I have a habit of, in my head, taking notes on whatever, you know, whether they’re verbal or pictorial or just making a note of things as they’re happening.
Harmonics are vibrations a fraction of the length of the vibrating string, which add higher-pitched and more complex content to the notes. With a dull instrument, the harmonics die out, but with a sustaining instrument, the harmonics continue to sound along with the fundamental note.
As soon as I am up, I brush my hair. I eat breakfast first: tea and brown bread, and sometimes a fresh fruit juice like orange or grapefruit. I write notes on the previous day in my notebook, then I shower.
When I start getting close to the end of a novel, something registers in the back of my mind for the next novel, so that I usually don’t write, or take notes. And I certainly don’t begin. I just allow things to percolate for a while.
When I have interns, I always say, ‘Handwritten thank-you notes can make a difference.’ People remember that – not an e-mail, a handwritten note in an envelope.
The reason I’m fiendishly drawing end-of-game plays when I’m taking notes is what if I screwed up something down the stretch of a game?
My mum sent me to an open audition for ‘Notes On A Scandal‘ so I could see quite how many other girls wanted to do this. And I queued up, and I got the job. That was my first-ever audition, and my second was ‘Atonement.’
I have always liked coming home and sharing what has happened that day with my loved ones. I like comparing notes. I know other people do, too. I think there is a human instinct to tell stories, no matter who you are or where you live.
Sarah Kay
If the story wasn’t overly long, I’d type it out. And I’d carry it around with me for a week and jot notes on it, and then I’d throw it away and do another one.
Donald Ray Pollock
I’ve always believed you should sing songs you can really put yourself into. I think the emotion you put into it is just as important as singing the notes.
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
Joan Miro
Unlike a high-wire walker, I don’t think any musician strikes the wires of a piano or draws a bow across a violin‘s strings primarily for the kick of an adrenalin fix. There is danger on stage, but dropped notes are not broken bones; a memory lapse is not a tumble to the ground.
Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.
Robert Falcon Scott
I’m not one of those people that’s like, ‘I’m about to serve on this Whitney Houston song at like 2 A.M.’ No. Karaoke? I’m just like, ‘Live your best life.’ We’re not worried about those notes, we just living.
A lot of young filmmakers bring their movies to my dad because he always gives lots of good editing ideas and notes. He’d be a good film professor.
Sofia Coppola
Home in Ireland, I went to Collins Barracks and spent some time wandering around, making notes on the various guns, knives and swords.
I don’t make notes for myself because I either lose them or they make no sense to me at all. I once found a piece of paper with the note: ‘everything.’ Apparently I made a note to myself not to forget everything!
I love finding out how authors work, because it can either go full Carrie in ‘Homeland,’ with loads of Post-it Notes and string on the wall and they know everything that’s happening in the plot – or they let the characters tell them where they want to go and what happens next.
When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed – from song lyric to tragic speech – must make its point, as it were, without reference back.
Fifty years ago wealth was stored and transmitted physically through gold bars, stock certificates, bank notes, and coins.
The guitar is a funny instrument because you have bendable strings and distortion – there’s a potential for noise. It is more exposing. Actually controlling the instrument, using proper vibrato, bending notes in tune, not fretting too hard, controlling the noise is a skill in itself that takes many years.
I was never a good student. But I wrote acting notes every day and prepared for my next shoots diligently.
Son Ye-jin
Here, class attendance is expected and students are required to take notes, which they are tested on. What is missing, it seems to me, is the use of knowledge, the practical training.
Harrison Salisbury
I wrote ‘Black Deutschland’ very quickly one summer, probably because I had a lot of it in pieces and fragments sitting around over the years as false starts or notes.
I always want to pick songs that are really crazy rangy, and sometimes those low notes aren’t there. But I started taking it way more seriously after a certain point, and I started doing vocal warm-ups every day, even when I wasn’t singing, sometimes twice a day.
I binge write, basically. I do a lot of prep, research, setup. I’ll have a pretty detailed outline. Sort of like a beat outline. And then I’ll add little notes and dialogue ideas, and I’ll just create a 20-page document.
Remonetisation has happened at a fast pace, and that was part of the plan that, subsequent to the withdrawal of the specified bank notes, our production plans and supply processes would ensure that the remonetisation happened as quickly as possible.
I am stupidly passionate about music; it has become a bit of drug. I buy tons of CDs and spend days listening to each and every one, putting notes on every song to know which tracks are good so that when I do my little MP3 collection, I know which songs to include.
That’s what I used to enjoy so much: Bringing a record home, having it arrive in the mailbox. Having the whole experience of hearing it as you’re holding it and looking at it and reading the liner notes, if they’re anything.
When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have suc

When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have such simple melodies and chords. I occasionally manage to stop at the right time, but all too often I keep on going until I have way too many notes and words. But that’s just what I do.
I studied and sang lot of jazz when I was growing up. I think that plays a little bit into some of the things I do vocally, notes that I pick in chords.
I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear. I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist.
Donald Fagen
I talk to amateurs, up-and-coming guys, fighters older than me, and we compare notes to teach each other how to leave this game on top from a legacy and financial standpoint.
Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
Benjamin Britten
Everybody assumes I know everything, so they send me these notes sometimes, and I don’t know what they’re talking about.
We are all capable of so much more than the narrow confines of our regular behavior and our personality. So it’s interesting to play different notes on your keyboard.
I keep my stand-up comedy notes in a pile on my desk. I don’t organize my act. I keep myself in a state of confusion. It stresses me out, but I prefer creative chaos.
Joy Behar
I’ve had some strange notes from fans and a few weird gifts.
Many use Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for daily transactions like going to theatres, malls, and trading purpose. People like these are unnecessarily put to inconvenience.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes ah, that is where the art resides.
Artur Schnabel
The first notes I still play when I start a sound check are classical. Those are my roots.
I think a lot of people, in general, have whatever mechanisms they have in order to go through the day. For me, I do just literally have post-it notes and other little messages to strengthen me on hard days, or just on regular days, to remind me – to remind ourselves – of our dopeness.
People don’t realise how much energy it takes to sing and hit all those high notes – but I always feel like I’ve done a marathon.
When I begin writing, I have no idea what my novels are ultimately going to be about. I don’t have a plot. I never consider a theme. I don’t make notes or outlines.
I knew I really made it when my dad saw me in London and after the performance he had no notes to me and just said ‘You are doing your own thing and I am proud of you.’
I read a lot of ‘Spark Notes’ in high school.
The beauty of it is when you can just show up and hit the notes.
John Lone
Photography is usually viewed as a solitary activity, but the truth of the matter is that people love to shoot together, compare notes, and just have fun with photography.
Scott Kelby
I used to come home and play piano all day by ear and make songs up or figure out my favourite Elvis songs. I’d make up games by blindfolding myself and singing the harmony to whatever notes I’d play.
I’m a visual person, so it always starts with a picture, and then I get obsessed with the idea, sometimes too much. I have these blank books in which I take notes, and I add postcards and other physical items.
Peter Sis
Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page.
I’m pretty hard on myself when it comes to my voice, and certain notes I’m afraid to hit because I’m afraid I’m going to sound bad.
I dedicate some of my power to Mike Tyson. I watched a lot of film on Mike Tyson. Then we started taking notes on Muhammad Ali. We took notes on Sugar Ray Leonard. What was that fighter known for? Why was he so difficult to beat in his time, in his era and, you know, why was he at the top?
Counterterrorism analysts have known for years that al Qaeda prepares for attacks with elaboratetargeting packages‘ of photographs and notes.
My scripts, they’re pretty serious. I basically just describe stuff. I don’t put too many notes and letters to the editors. But when I wrote ‘KGBLT,’ in parentheses I wrote, ‘Well this is the best thing I’ve ever written. It will all be downhill from here. I’m so sorry for the rest of my career.’
In the early 60s, you read your essays to your supervisor rather than hand them in. I was both lazy and clever, and realised I didn’t need to write essays at all, I could simply talk with some notes in front of me.
To choose to be silent in any scene sometimes has more notes in my script than when you chose to speak.
Truman Capote famously claimed to have nearly absolute recall of dialogue and used his prodigious memory as an excuse never to take notes or use a tape recorder, but I suspect his memory claims were just a useful cover to invent dialogue whole cloth.
It’s important to me to be able to hit the notes and just be able to fly when I sing.
Suprisingly, one of the most complex pieces of code is the code to determine where a note is in the staff. Finale stores notes as relative scale positions in the current key.
Robert Patterson
Music is a gestalt. Songs are a life force and they hav

Music is a gestalt. Songs are a life force and they have specific vocabulary to them. You hear a few notes, and they take you into a world of association.
I’m a planner, an organizer. I write things down because you can visually check them off and see progress. Writing things down is a lost art. I’ve got sticky notes all over my apartment.
They will be given as gifts; books that are especially pretty or visual will be bought as hard copies; books that are collectible will continue to be collected; people with lots of bookshelves will keep stocking them; and anyone who likes to make notes in books will keep buying books with margins to fill.
I think words operate like musical notes that the eyeball hears.
Being on the plane is my catch-up time. I write thank-you notes. I read. I write stand-up jokes.
Right now, my voice is better than ever. It changed. I have better low notes than I had before.
Eydie Gorme
I have these huge black foam boards on the wall, and tacked to them, I have these white punch cards with my story ideas, scenes and notes.
When I sing, there is an almost constant struggle with pitch and with reaching notes in the higher register.
That’s how I make work. Along the way, I take notes, I read about history and popular culture. Sometimes I act out things in the studio. I go back to my mother’s hair salon so I can hear three voices going all at once. I pull inspiration from everything.
I liken movies to playing a piano: Sometimes you’re playing the chords and different notes with unresolved cadences and playing all major chords that are all over the place, and you’re enjoying yourself with a great, simple melody.
There’s the classic charitable contribution, which we receive thousands, and we’re extremely grateful and they often come with notes from people, which are very heartwarming, about how much difference our products have made in their life on the Internet.
I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor, G seven, but I really don’t want to know that. I just want to know that there’s a combination of notes that makes a sound.
Lee Konitz
I avoid listening to too many people‘s comments about my script. I have learned to take in what is of use. It’s too frustrating looking at somebody’s notes who didn’t get what you were doing. If somebody says, ‘This stinks, and here are all the reasons,’ that’s not going to help you.
Melissa Mathison
Eric Clapton was such a great player. He sounds like he’s Freddie King or someone like that. He plays the roots of blues and Delta blues. He really affected me with the way that he plays, because he never really plays that many notes.
I’ve thrown away lots of my old diaries – you never know who might get their hands on them. But I have kept a few notes on the good old days.
Steffi Graf
I really consider myself a writer, and a writer who is sometimes a social critic. I’m not an ideologue, I don’t join a party. I follow along and take notes. Sometimes I throw in my two cents.
Anne Roiphe
Who am I, if I’m not this singer with big high notes? I identify with my voice. But I’m more than just the acrobatics.
I wish I finished music school, because then I feel like I could talk more about the dissonant notes.
Petra Haden
I was singing about six notes higher than I had to, in a range that kept me up in a bubblegum sound.
Music is an important thing of energy. And there are a lot of wonderful aspects that come with it and vibrations, the physical vibrations, the movement of notes through an instrument and creating a wave that resonates into our spirit.
Grief is a bad moon, a sleeper wave. It’s like having an inner combatant, a saboteur who, at the slightest change in the sunlight, or at the first notes of a jingle for a dog food commercial, will flick the memory switch, bringing tears to your eyes.
The film ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,’ based the book of the same name, has a line that enlightens and comforts me. The protagonist, who has lost all ability to move except one eye, discusses his role as a father. He notes, ‘Even a fraction of a father is still a father.’
Steve Gleason
Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father’s deathbed.
Hugh Leonard
When people hear I have six kids and 16 grandkids, they think, ‘Oh, boy, you must get a lot of stories from them.’ I don’t. It’s not like I’m behind the sofa in the living room taking notes while the grandkids carry on.
When Kanye gets to a point where he can actually put a couple of notes together either vocally or two bars of valid music playing an instrument, then he might have a right to criticize somebody else.
It’s not about the individual notes. It’s about the energy.
When I was eight, my piano teacher played seven or eight notes, and I sang them. She stopped and looked at me in shock! That was the first time I’d gotten that reaction. I’d had looks of horror, but never shock in a positive way.
Music is about depth. Music is about harmony. Music is about notes and tones.
When I’m in the car and somebody comes on the radio singing the high notes, I try to sing along.
Burton Cummings
I had kept notes during my cancer treatment, but I wasn’t sure what my outcome was going to be. A part of me wasn’t sure if I would make it into a book. If it was going to be morbid, I wouldn’t want to tell it.
In many college classes, laptops depict split screens – notes from a class, and then a range of parallel stimulants: NBA playoff statistics on, a flight home on Expedia, a new flirtation on Facebook.
I live in this apartment building, and everybody who li

I live in this apartment building, and everybody who lives there thinks of me as a housewife. People drop their babies off with me. Or I get notes: ‘I’m going to be gone for three days. The keys are under the mat; take care of the cats.’ Because they all think I’m home all the time.
I read the script and try not to bring anything personal into it. I make notes, talk to the director and we decide what kinds of shades should be in the character.
I love classical music, but I hated classical guitar. But I like flamenco, because there was something else there going on. It wasn’t just the notes being thrown at you. And there were certain kinds of jazz that I really liked and other kinds that just went right over my head.
It’s a magical thing, the guitar. It allows you to be the whole band in one, to play rhythm and melody, sing over the top. And as an instrument for solos, you can bend notes, draw emotional content out of tiny movements, vibratos and tonal things which even a piano can’t do.
My mom was always writing me notes to get me out of stuff.
I read a lot of research notes about the countries I visit, and my mum and dad bought me a Kindle, but I’m still getting to grips with it. I prefer paper books.
Exene taught me how to bend my notes when I sing. That’s her style. And I learned that from her.
I don’t go to games as much as I used to because of the NFL’s Sunday Ticket. So I’ll watch the games, take notes.
‘What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal’ was thrilling in its light, deceptive tone, its subtle but irresistible momentum.
Spam filters are supposed to block e-mail scams from ever reaching us, but criminals have learned to circumvent them by personalizing their notes with information gleaned from the Internet and by grooming victims over time.
Sometimes I write less than I’d like but do research. Other times, editor’s notes or a copy-edited manuscript or page proofs for a forthcoming novel mean that I need to put my attentions elsewhere for a day or two, but I always come back to writing.
People always send me notes saying they’d love to be a speaker, but they could ‘never speak as well as you do!’ I’m like, ‘Girl, of course you won’t. You’re just starting out… everyone stinks when they start!’
I can almost see the music. It comes in the form of colors – colors jump out at me, and that translates into notes. They come fully formed: the orchestration parts, not just the melodies. Even though they’re not always the right ones to use, the initial idea comes like that.
There are notes between notes, you know.
Sarah Vaughan
I get worked up over an ‘idea’ or the ethos of an idea. I follow dreams, take notes on travels, and engage in research often – if I need names, details, facts that enhance the project.
Anne Waldman
I’m suspicious of the idea of categories in music and this idea of things being in boxes. To me, that seems unnatural. I write the music that somebody with my biography would write, and the thing that’s always driven me is an enthusiasm for the material. I sort of follow the notes to where they want to go.
Men whose sense of taste is destroyed by sickness, sometimes think honey sour. A diseased eye does not see many things which do exist, and notes many things which do not exist. The same thing frequently takes place with regard to the force of words, when the critic is inferior to the writer.
Growing up, even finding all those notes that you write in first grade to your future self of like what you want to be when you grow up – it was always music.
I have a box of things from Becca, my high school girlfriend, and Vanessa; and each one of them was love. I have the notes, the valentines, 20 mixed tapes, all of it. It’s important to keep that stuff.
Oliver Hudson
Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say.
I would encourage anyone to keep a pad of post-it notes by their bed and write down small, achievable goals and celebrate those successes and that will give you confidence to create bigger ones and achieve them.
I think whenever you’re around Kanye, you gotta take notes. The advice is taking notes, because everything he does and everything he says is very detailed and very up front. He’s always one hundred what he says.
It didn’t make a lot of sense for us to be doing Lotus Notes implementations.
I never take any notes or draw charts or make elaborate diagrams, but I hold an image of the shape of a book in my head and work from that mental hologram.
Silk Road to Ruin has all the analysis and it’s structured very well. I rely on my notes more and I use direct quotes. But there’s nothing like writing about it right away.
What’s great about stand-up is that you can say whatever you want and go around the country, and sometimes the world, and work on it and see how people react. You don’t need Standards & Practices or notes from lawyers or producers to tell you what’s funny.
But at the same time, never having final cut before, I really learned an interesting thing for any studio executive who is reading this: that if a director has final cut, it’s actually easier and more interesting to listen to notes.
Griffin Dunne
When an attacker fails with one person, they often go to another person. The key is to report the attack to other departments. Workers should know to act like they are going along with what the hacker wants and take copious notes so the company will know what the hacker is trying to find.
So much of performing is a mind game. You’re memorizing thousands of notes, and if you start thinking about it in the wrong way, everything can blow up in your face.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because -suddenly being a parent- I’d be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day.
I use my computer to take notes more and more because m

I use my computer to take notes more and more because my handwriting is so bad. I’m a lefty and it’s getting worse and worse.
Maggie Haberman
I am always making sketches of how information should look or mapping out a marketing campaign. When I present my notes, people start responding to them. Desktop publishing makes everything look slick. When you present sketches, it helps start the dialogue and collaboration.
As time has gone on I’ve felt less and less need to play too many notes. That’s something you do when you’re younger, you play far too much and too fast.
Notes are tricky in an audition, because I find, more often than not, my instinct is right.
Lance Reddick
A guitar is so tactile, and when you’re playing bends – and bending notes is a big part of my style – there are so many notes within the note you’re bending from and the note you’re bending up to.
I’m always writing; I’m always jotting things down on paper or making notes in my iPhone. Then I’ll make myself sit down and kind of shape it up, but there’s really no other way to practice other than onstage.
I type my sermon notes into my BlackBerry, then I upload my sermon notes to my blog, my Facebook page and some of the information to my Twitter account. That’s 100,000 people I’m sharing the Gospel with by the virtue of typing it into my BlackBerry as opposed to writing it down. That is being efficient with my time.
I started realizing that music is the one area where I’ve always let go. When that saxophone goes into my mouth, I get into a space where I never think about the notes I’ve already played or anticipate the notes ahead.
They say an elephant never forgets. Well, you are not an elephant. Take notes, constantly. Save interesting thoughts, quotations, films, technologies… the medium doesn’t matter, so long as it inspires you.
It was so exciting to go to the record shop and buy a piece of vinyl and hold it, read the liner notes, look at the pictures. Even the smell of the vinyl.
I’ve been thinking about a cookbook. I’ve been making notes and promising myself I’ll do it some day. I have an idea for a cookbook and music together.
I’m fascinated by the notion of a perpetual sound: a sound that won’t dissipate over time. Essentially, the opposite of a piano, because the notes never fade. I suppose, in literary terms, it would be like a metaphor for eternity.
My favorite artists are able to take things to the edge or just over the edge. Miles Davis and Duane Allman, for example. It’s about not playing too many notes. Those guys had lots of phases to their careers, but they always played with economy and intelligence.
The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
Blaine Lee
Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.
I always say that keeping abreast of science should never be seen as a chore. It should be something you do naturally. I don’t sit there reading ‘New Scientist,’ putting post-it notes next to ideas.
A scale is just the notes that are in a chord played one at a time instead of together. That’s what has allowed me to go through the possible notes that work with a chord and make choices about which ones I like best. I go through by ear; you can do it by theory too, but the best way is to learn by ear.
I was shocked when I heard that Farghadani had been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison on spurious charges, as Amnesty International notes, of ‘spreading propaganda against the system,’ ‘insulting members of the parliament through paintings‘ and ‘insulting the Supreme Leader’ with her cartoon.
He listens well who takes notes.
Dante Alighieri
I remember Pavarotti telling me, ‘Oh, Neil, after seventy, the voice is going to go.’ But I’ve been lucky. You almost have to learn how to sing all over again. You use your diaphragm more. You have to choose the notes and pace yourself.
Christina can sing all the notes, but Britney is just hot!
Generally, my notes and outlines comprise more words than my novels. I suppose that’s one reason I’m a comparatively slow writer, something that has always bothered me given the fact that other authors can turn out a book every six months while I usually take about two years.
I have always kept notes and have kept letters from my friends and mother, which is rather depressing, as it takes you to the past.
I play citified Count Basie piano. As few notes as possible, my left hand in my pocket, that kind of stuff.
Calling ‘Instagram’ a photo-sharing app is like calling a newspaper a letter-sharing book, or a Mozart grand era symphony a series of notes. ‘Instagram’ is less about the medium and more about the network.
In a Glasser Quality School there is no such thing as a closed book test. Students are told to get out their notes and open their books. There is no such thing as being forbidden to ask the teacher or another student for help.
I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.
Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don’t fit in a very interesting way.
It doesn’t matter where we are. We can be marching down the streets of New Orleans, or we can be onstage in front of 15,000 people. As long as I know that I’m about to put my horn to my mouth and play some notes, that’s what I most look forward to.
For me, travelling and drawing the world, experiencing as much as possible first hand, has been very important. Making notes, drawing and writing on the move, became second nature.
Michael Foreman
Sometimes songwriters and singers forget that. They get a melody in their head and the notes will take precedence, so that they wind up forcing a word onto a melody. It doesn’t ring true.
Don Henley
I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in

I’m playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.
Eric Morecambe
I rewrote it and I took all your notes. Read it again, that kind of persistence paid off.
Sometimes I will click on a random sequence of notes- not to actually use it in a song, but to see if I can find maybe a simple pattern that I can build off of.
Ken Hill
Color is a big part of what I do. It’s like music. There are only so many notes in the scale, but there are endless permutations; there’s no limit to the number. Color on the walls or furniture can reflect back and distort the reality of the true colors of lipsticks and eye shadow.
Evelyn Lauder
There are seven notes – Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni no one is original in the world. We have to play around the notes and make our own stuff.
I think throughout the day; there are always lines or certain words, and I’ll just keep notes in my phone. It might just be one or two words, and then that could inspire a whole song, lyrically.
I just write notes all day on my phone, and when I write songs it becomes a patchwork of these smaller notes that I had, mixed with stuff in the moment.
I have short hands. That’s why I have to bend up to notes; I can’t always reach the frets.
Robin Trower
I worked during summers on the foreign exchange desk as a dollar/yen broker for Noonan, Astley & Pierce. I used to write the chairman notes about how he could improve his business. And I met Bernie Cantor through this job.
My third day playing saxophone, I was in front of a congregation. I still didn’t know the names of all the notes. I was playing by ear, following along, but it was such an encouraging environment, I couldn’t fail. It was all, ‘Yeah baby, you sound real good’ no matter what you play. It was a great way to learn.
The key to performing a song isn’t always about hitting the right notes, but about telling a story.
I tend to jot down moments, lines, interactions that don’t really make any sense. I try and explain these scattered notes to my close friends, and they become more and more logical. I see screenwriting as a bit like a math equation which I have to solve.
No ideas are harmed in the making of my books, by the way. All I do with my best ideas is run with them, fast as I can, taking notes and occasionally suggesting a left hand turn rather than the right hand one which might have taken us both over a precipice.
Debi Gliori
I like kind of natural, woodsy earth tones. I like patchouli. I like tobacco. I like sandalwood. I like tree resin. I’m not a huge fan of citrus – I like things that are kind of moodier and… more deeper base notes.
I write everything down. I e-mail the second I think of something, or I write notes in my BlackBerry calendar. I set up reminder alerts on my phone. And I have a notebook by my bedside so I can write down any last-minute ideas.
Why take notes? The obvious reason is to remember. Visual note-taking translates what we hear into pictures that give context, color, and meaning. By adding symbols, visual metaphors, likenesses of people, and room layouts, we add several dimensions.
Tom Wujec
We use convertible notes a lot at our fund – 8VC – so often that we just call them ‘notes’ to save time.
As much as I appreciate people putting me in the category of these very acrobatic belters, I feel like my strength is my… interpretation and my truthfulness with songs, and I don’t want young people to think it’s all about the high notes that they have to hit.
Two or three notes of music can instantly make you feel sad or tense or afraid or angry. To do that in words is much more difficult.
Anthony Daniels
To me, getting notes, honing the part, and refining the role is the real fun of the play.
Swoosie Kurtz
It’s easier to play aggression and malevolence onscreen, often, than to hit softer notes.
The first thing you have to understand is that I was not desperate to be a writer. I was never a closet writer filing away notes in a cupboard.
I write in longhand and assemble lots of notes, and then I try to collate them into a coherent chronology. It’s like groping along in the dark. I like writing and find it challenging, but I don’t find it easy.
It is the little things that throw me – the wrong pen, the wrong font. An interview done standing up is a disaster. I need my knees to rest notes on.
Albums like ‘Major Moves’ or ‘High Notes’ – those still sound good to me.
I don’t sing operatically, and I sing very intimately, but I still do the scales, and I think in terms of intonation and making sure that I’m hitting the notes right on the head… and having it appear quite effortless.
Searching for music is like searching for God. They’re very similar. There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unseeable, the unspeakable, all those things, comes into being a composer and to writing music and to searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
Be serious. You’ve got to do the job you were hired to do well, but there’s always more you can do. When I was an assistant, I would say to myself, ‘You may not be an executive, but act like one.’ I would volunteer for any creative assignment – read scripts, do ‘coverage,’ write notes.
Stacey Snider
I didn’t have to wait six years to get my show on the air, worry that someone else had a similar idea, or wait around for notes that took my voice out of the show.
I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work.
'Where The Wild Things Are,' I think I could have writt

‘Where The Wild Things Are,’ I think I could have written on my own. When I brought Dave Eggers on, I already had 60 pages of notes. I technically could have, but I don’t think I was ready to. I needed him to be there and help me.
The kids of today have taken over the music business – most of them very young. Simply because they write and jot down a few notes, they have the idea that they can write songs.
Rudy Vallee
When goods are exchanged between countries, they must be paid for by commodities or gold. They cannot be paid for by the notes, certificates, and checks of the purchaser’s country, since these are of value only in the country of issue.
There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point. In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page, it’s not just a collection of notes.
Harrison Birtwistle
How much energy is wasted in Italy in trying to write the novel that obeys all the rules. The energy might have been useful to provide us with more modest, more genuine things, that had less pretensions: short stories, memoirs, notes, testimonials, or at any rate, books that are open, without a preconceived plan.
In improvising, you’ve got your scale; you’ve got the notes that are going to sound good with other notes, the intervals that are going to sound good. But you’ve also got all the chromatic possibilities, the possibilities of sounding dissident, of being unexpected.
I myself never make any notes. Usually, if I write something down, I can’t read it afterwards.
Roman Abramovich
If you’re always playing the correct notes, there’s something wrong – you’re not searching; you’re not reaching for anything.
When I’m sniffing around new territory, I often choose, rather randomly, one general book and then follow its bibliography and notes to other, more specialized works and to the primary source material.
She goes on the set with headphones and gives you notes. She’s terrific and I always run to her now, because she is just great to work with, as well as very good at different accents.
I don’t write material. Funny things happen to me in the course of a day, and I just make notes.
Recording a Hindi song takes me around 40 minutes whereas a Kannada song takes me about two hours. The music isn’t a problem, since the notes used are universal. The language is the problem. I try my best to get it right, as I’m sensitive about respecting every language, since all of them are sacred in my heart.
Sometimes I work purely 8-12 shifts, banging stuff into the computer. Other times, my office is like a scene from a detective movie, with Post-it Notes, plans, photographs all stuck on the walls and arrows going everywhere, and it’s 4 A.M.
When I became more involved in music, I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense. However, on occasion, I would write something for my own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory remarks in the songbooks I put together.
Conceptually, I am open to mistakeserrors, actually. I do play lots of wrong notes while I am making some music, and a mistake or a wrong note is like a gift for me: ‘Oh, wow, an unknown sound or an unknown harmony. I didn’t know about this.’
I always take notes on my phone of lyric ideas.
Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer, we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft, and started all over again.
Bruce Boxleitner
I play more rhythmically than I do a lot of notes.
Bobby Keys
When I’m singing, I connect the dots with notes.
I don’t make any notes, but I do know where to find things. Suppose I need to know where Wexford first talked about his love of the countryside or where he quotes Larkin or what was the beginning of his hatred of racism or where he first encountered domestic violence; I would be able to find it straight away.
Once you’re labeled as mentally ill, and that’s in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as an artefact of your mental illness.
Sometimes the director will want you to write about the character, sometimes he’ll want you to live in the location that the character is from or something like that, but I don’t usually make a lot of notes or anything like that.
The way I build stuff in my mind, it’s sort of like a puzzle for me. I always talk about it like, when I’m writing a scene there’s a certain feeling I’m trying to create. I’ll have my list of scenes and it’s more like feelings, these notes I want to hit.