A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep?and reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.
I strive to make my art bear the same relation to painting that polyphony bears to music. Illustrative music is a thing of the past: it has become abstract and purely aesthetic, dependent for its effect upon rhythm and form.Quoted in Bryant American Pictures And Their Painters (1917), p. 302
One day I said to myself that it would be better to get rid of all that—melody, rhythm, harmony, etc. This was not a negative thought and did not mean that it was necessary to avoid them, but rather that, while doing something else, they would appear spontaneously. We had to liberate ourselves from the direct and peremptory consequence of intention and effect, because the intention would always be our own and would be circumscribed, when so many other forces are evidently in action in the final effect.christian wolff
Just as counterpoint and harmony follow their own laws, and differ in rhythm and movement, both formal tensions and color tensions have a development of their own in accordance with the inherent laws from which they are separately derived. Both, however, aim toward the realization of the same image. And both deal with the depth problem.hans hofmann
Space expands or contracts in the tensions and functions through which it exists. Space is not a static, inert thing. Space is alive; space is dynamic; space is imbued with movement expressed by forces and counterforces; space vibrates and resounds with color, light and form in the rhythm of life.hans hofmann
He could not be captured, He could not be bought, His running was rhythm, His standing was thought ; With one eye on sorrow And one eye on mirth, He galloped in heaven And gambolled on earth . And only the poet With wings to his brain Can mount him and ride him Without any rein, The stallion of heaven, The steed of the skies , The horse of the singer Who sings as he flies .Eleanor Farjeon, in "Pegasus", St. 3 & 4, from The New Book of Days (1961), p. 181
Soul [is] music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky , secular testifying.Otis Redding biography at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lucy's sign is a Chinese dragon. Oh, oh, she's got luck The rhythm of life is the force of habit Oh, oh, the rhythm of life.Oleta Adams, in Rhythm of Life, the first track of Circle of One (1990) · YouTube video
Papa, Nago, Arada and other slaves who commonly are brought here under the name Fida [Ouidah] slaves, have introduced certain devilish practices into their dancing, which they have transposed to all other slaves ; when a certain rhythm is played... they are possessed by their god, which is generally called Watramama.J. Nepveu (c. 1775), "Annotaties op het boek van J. D. Herlein 'Beschryvinge van de volkplantinge Zuriname'". Quoted in van Stipriaan 327-8. Emphasis in original.
Music and politics are in essence about communication . Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across.Charles Kennedy, in Charles Kennedy:Leader, MP for Ross, Skye and Inverness West, Liberal Democrat (15 April 2005)
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