The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone… . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin not sounding like them, but playing the voice like those instrumentalists.
—Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) American Singer
I get tired of playing a guy who gets into a fight, then starts singing to the guy he’s just beat up.
—Elvis Presley (1935–77) American Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor
A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.
—Joan Walsh Anglund
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.
—Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Indian Hindu Polymath
If I cannot fly, Let me sing.
—Stephen Sondheim (b.1930) American Musician, Composer, Songwriter