Tempo Quotes

Tempo Quotes by Ezra Pound, Colin Fletcher, Tyga, Illinois Jacquet, DJ Premier, Shaun Livingston and many others.

The difference between a gun and a tree is a difference

The difference between a gun and a tree is a difference of tempo. The tree explodes every spring.
Ezra Pound
It is always there, of course, when you come back from the green world. You have been living by sunrise and sunset, by wind and rain, surrounded by the ebb and flow of lives that respond only to such simple, rhythmic elements. But now the tone and tempo of the days switch. Instead of harmony, jangle.
Colin Fletcher
Sometimes I’ll have a whole song done without having a beat – I’ll just rap on an instrumental tempo and recreate a whole new song just around the lyrics.
Hamp would ask me about tempos in the band: ‘Jacquet,’ he’d say, ‘knock off that tempo.’ A lot of jazz musicians didn’t prefer to play for dancers, which was their loss, really. But good jazz has always had that dance feel.
Illinois Jacquet
The Nike joint ‘Classic’ with Kanye, Nas, KRS-One, that was a remix – Rick Rubin did the original, and his was a double-time tempo; mine was a regular boom-bap tempo, and they liked it so much that we ended up doing the video to it.
DJ Premier
I think I can help push the tempo just a little bit… I feel I can get the ball after a rebound. Push the fastbreak. Push the tempo. Get guys some easy shots.
Shaun Livingston
Up-tempo or slow tempo, I don’t feel that one is better than the other.
Imelda May
That’s what Tina Turner did, too – sang blues up-tempo – and they called it rock ‘n’ roll.
Little Richard
No, what is important is neither linearity or non-linearity, but the change, the degree of change from something that doesn’t move to other events with different tempos in particular.
Karlheinz Stockhausen
At Gatling-gun tempo word-perfect the first time out. the journalistic equivalent of a high-wire front somersault without a net.
Shana Alexander
Every action project you take, whether it be a movie or TV series, is always different and a lot of people don’t really know how big a difference it is. It’s a different style of fighting, a different tempo and all of that.
Maggie Q
I want to get better. Every time you lose, you learn from it, and after every win, you look to building on the tempo.
Venus Williams
A lot of artists go in the studio and say, ‘OK, whaddaya want me to do? Is it gonna be a hit? I’ll do it. Is it gonna get played on the radio? I’ll do it.’ So they start makin’ these songs, and they fall in the same tempo, same category, same this, same that, and it’ll just all sound the same.
As a producer, when I’m trying to make something soft, I start with a slow tempo. Then after that, it would be straight to acoustic guitar and vocals, or I’m going to go strings and just piano.
Ty Dolla Sign
People like to hear songs that they can dance to. Even if they’re sitting, they like being made to want to dance and move. By me being a dancer, I know how I’d dance at certain tempos. I was always good at it.
Illinois Jacquet
Being Slow means that you control the rhythms of your own life. You decide how fast you have to go in any context. If today I want to go fast, I go fast. If tomorrow I want to go slow, I go slow. What we are fighting for is the right to determine our own tempos.
Carlo Petrini
My heart has always been in more up-tempo music you can dance to.
Jordan Knight
I mean that’s something we’re very conscious of when writing. Tempos are very important. Like “Oh we can’t play the song too fast because people aren’t going to feel it.” There’s a pulse to a song. You can’t play it too slow. We’re always trying to find the perfect tempo.
Tony Palermo
I stopped making videos and commercials for a few months before I started films just to reset my clock because so much narrative filmmaking is a sense of tempo and rhythm.
Mark Romanek
We ran an up-tempo, transition-style of game at Boston College – very similar to what we ran when I played for Arnold.
Bob Cousy
But there’s actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm, use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song.
Travis Barker
You’ve got to go down the road you naturally go down, and for me it was pop, folk country, just feel-good music. I suppose most of my songs are very up-tempo.
Shane Filan
Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more. Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired. Keep going to the limit of endurance. With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.
Man Ray
Because my lower body is quiet, I need a full shoulder turn to generate power and speed. Keep your tempo smooth, and with the quiet lower body, you don’t have to worry about losing your balance.
Tony Finau
You had to keep the mood up; you had to keep the tempo up. You had to keep the feeling of, “Hey, we’re doing something that’s really exciting. It’s fun being with these people.” And the more fun you have, the better you do it.
Bill Murray
‘Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind’ is probably one of my favorite upbeat tempo songs because it is just a sassy song, and it’s a fun song.
Kellie Pickler
Once more, I am watching the most powerful men in the kingdom bring their power to bear on a woman who has done nothing worse than live to the beat of her own heart, see with her own eyes; but this is not their tempo nor their vision and they cannot tolerate any other.
Philippa Gregory
I’m a really new artist here. I would say that my style is an artist who can dance and sing. That’s why my album is really upbeat. Maybe we will try slowly to do ballads or middle tempo songs.
I try to look for tempo in my run-up to make sure my knees are lifting up instead of going long. That brings an energy to my run-up, try and make myself feel as tall as I can.
Stuart Broad
My music is a reflection of what I really love to listen to, pop, dance, mid tempo dance and ballads.
All of the military services – land, sea, and air – spend a great deal of time awake. This is a direct result of the high tempo of operations we conduct while forward deployed well outside our national borders.
James G. Stavridis
I can tell jokes. I can talk to the audience. I can relax. I can change my songs whenever I want. I can change the tempos. I can change the mood, because I’m in charge.
Robert Goulet
His life rushes onward in such torrential rhythm that…only angels and devils can catch the tempo of it.
Anais Nin
I like to go in the corner, in the quiet, ’cause I got to hear my thoughts. If I hear the beat for, like, five seconds, I basically got the tempo, and I don’t need to hear it no more. I just focus and write.
We complain of the increased tempo of our lives, but our frenetic lives are just reflection of the economic system that we have created.
Stanley Hauerwas
A great piece of music is beautiful regardless of how it is performed. Any prelude or fugue of Bach can be played at any tempo, with or without rhythmic nuances, and it will still be great music. That’s how music should be written, so that no-one, no matter how philistine, can ruin it.
Dmitri Shostakovich
… Nessun maggior dolore Che ricordarsi del tempo felice Nella miseria. (There is no greater pain than to remember a happy time when one is in misery.)
Dante Alighieri
To know how to structure the joke perfectly so that the narrative information is given in the right tempo, in just the right dose – it sometimes takes quite a lot of work. It seems easy when you hear the joke.
David Salle
I don’t want no drummer. I set the tempo.
Bessie Smith
I’ve tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing. I’ve tried to organize my life so that I can move around, change the rhythm and the tempo.
Assata Shakur
Obviously, I don’t want to be a sub, so I will just keep working hard in training. It’s not that easy for me as a sub to come on with tempo.
Jadon Sancho
I love being in the editing room and playing with tempo and with the rhythm of shots.
Damien Chazelle
I don’t even know if hip-hop is music anymore. It’s definitely rhythm. It’s definitely tempo. It’s definitely beats per minute. But it’s product. And television is product placement for the most part. It’s not passion.
CeeLo Green
Even when I teach my MMA classes in the gym, it’s hard to teach what I do. It’s more of state of flow, a state of feel. It’s not a robotic thing like one, two, three, kick, one, two, three, switch, jab, cross. It’s completely unorthodox. Everything is about rhythm, tempo and pace. It’s a different style, man.
Aljamain Sterling
I make a lot of music for different people. My audience is varied so I use different tempos for different music in order to satisfy my many fans.
The direct effect on our mind is achieved by the words, the text, the thought, which arouse consideration. Our will is directly affected by the super-objective, by other objectives, by a through line of action. Our feelings are directly worked upon by tempo-rhythm.
Constantin Stanislavski
One time, when I was in my teens, jamming in a Kansas City club, I was doing all right until I tried doing double tempo on ‘Body and Soul.’ Everybody fell out laughing. I went home and cried and didn’t want to play again for three months.
Charlie Parker
I couldn’t do “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, Tina Turner because it wasn’t the right tempo; so I scratched it from the record. I wanted to do it about a year ago, but something happened.
Miles Davis
I know the world doesn’t need maybe another of [a particular type of song] – the same thing again – but you can’t help yourself. And some people like it, but you kind of know in your heart that it’s a lesser version of what you’ve done before. But maybe it has a good tempo, or it feels fresh, but it’s still not.
Stephen Malkmus
I want to focus more on my pitches, not on the tempo. After that, I felt more comfortable.
Yu Darvish
Drummers – sometimes they play and they listen. And that little listen takes a speck away from the right tempo.
Miles Davis
Tempo … now there’s a big word.
Barry Venison
You noodle around with tempo and sound until you get the perfect fit for that particular song, and then, so long as you can sustain it, God is on your side and everything comes easily and even the waiters smile.
Wilfrid Sheed
Pace is just how fast we can get the ball from one end to the other. It’s not necessarily how fast we can shoot. It’s just a tempo thing.
David Fizdale
Accelerando means in tempo. Don’t rush.
Eugene Ormandy
I often think it’s unfair to the listener and “too easy” to just choose one tempo while I make and decide the songs.
Gylve Nagell
I get asked all the time, “What is a George Strait song?” I know it when I hear it. I don’t seek a specific tempo or lyric or melody. It just has to make sense. Maybe it is natural because I was given the gift to sing.
George Strait
I had a growing feeling that most of the best art of the world in painting and sculpture had been done, and that this newest form [photography] was more related to the progress and tempo of modern science of the eye.
Paul Outerbridge
Some musicians play with their heart, you know what I mean? I don’t know what to tell a person that can’t – if you can’t tell a person what you’re talkin’ about when they’re rushin’ or droppin’ the tempo, you get somebody else.
Miles Davis
You don’t have a voice yet when you first come out. So even though I knew I had some deeper songs, my first album had to be about the tempo and the fun.
Cole Swindell
I am a big nut for kind of weird musicality things. I love key-changes and random tempo things and polyrhythms – music geek.
Mentally, my key is just focusing on the little things I need to do in a race, whether that’s tempo, turn entry, start speed, things like that. I’m not thinking about that much before or during a race. I just trust in my ability and all the hard work I put in and let the race come to me.
Shani Davis
I tend to gravitate toward ballads and mid-tempo songs.
Charles Kelley
I think there’s a tendency with actor/directors to imagine themselves playing every part and trying to get people to follow their rhythm, their tempo, their pace. I’ve learned now to just love being at the center of this creative swirl.
Ron Howard
I can tell. I’m gifted with that, you know. When I hear that the tempo is slightly off, it’s hard for me.
Miles Davis
The Left Opposition declared that the new tempo of industrialization were above our forces, and that the liquidation of the kulaks as a class in the course of three years was a fantastic task, if one wishes to say so, we find ourselves this time “less radical” than the Stalinists.
Leon Trotsky
Whenever I think of God I can only conceive of Him as a Being infinitely great and infinitely good. This last quality of the divine nature inspires me with such confidence and joy that I could have written even a miserere in tempo allegro.
Joseph Haydn
I snapped my fingers all through it. Sometimes I set my own tempo during rehearsal by doing that.
Tennessee Ernie Ford
There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast
Paul Scott Mowrer
If you create a movie that is only character driven, with a weak plot, then you – as a director, you have to make sure you keep pushing the tempo.
Daniel Espinosa
We feel that the 2-2-1 press is a very effective means of controlling tempo and providing us with opportunities to capitalize on the mistakes of our opponents. At the same time we feel it is a very safe press because we work very hard at the necessary rotations.
Jim Calhoun
Personally, I like records that are very varied in sound. Not just like, ‘Oh, here’s 12 super heavy tracks,’ and they’re all the same tempo.
John 5
What separates great jazz musicians from average ones is Taste. Those who have taste consistently choose notes, tempos, timbres and voicings that seduce and satisfy attentive listeners.
Marc Myers
We were always taught to swing slow with good tempo. But you have to have some acceleration throughout the swing. I think that’s where a lot of women go wrong. They should try to whack it a few times and see what happens.
Helen Alfredsson
It’s the rival that gives you the tempo depending on who is on the ball or who a pass is played to. That is the little secret.
Sadio Mane
I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic — in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.
Anais Nin
My musical knowledge is so bad it’s embarrassing. When composers discuss music with someone as primitive as myself, they have to talk about it in terms of senses and emotion, rather than keys and tempo.
Jane Campion
Fast tempo is essential for success; do it, fix it, try it!
Brian Tracy
We live in an age of rapid mass media, television, Internet. They determine our tempo, not books.
Don DeLillo
I got bored with the old way – it came too easy. I worked until I could play and chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said ‘What else is there?’ Now I’m finding out.
Don Ellis
You know One Direction do a lot of up tempo songs, but when they did that Ed Sheeran song ‘Little Things,’ that was probably their biggest song off their last album, so it shows you that a ballad never goes out of fashion.
Shane Filan
I like mixing things up, doing some silly stuff, along with serious stuff, up tempo, and some quiet things … it keeps me interested.
Tom Rush
I’ve used [drum machine] because I have to have the perfect tempo.
Miles Davis
I’ve got a good first step and things of that nature. So it’s just about using your body to make the defense play at your tempo and react to you.
Seth Curry
There are so many similarities between a startup venture and a political campaign – the rhythm, the tempo, the hours, the intensity.
Mike McCurry
Even when disco went out, I could still make hits. Once I had so much success, every idea became concentrated. I had so much confidence. I knew how the bass should sound, what rhythms would work. The tempos I knew: 110 to 120 BPM. I knew they would dance in the clubs in New York or anywhere.
Giorgio Moroder
Often in Spain you’re winning 2-0, there are 15 minutes left, and it’s as good as over. You control it, and the tempo drops. In England, that doesn’t happen. They put another striker on, long balls into the area, free-kicks, corners. They push you back.
Cesar Azpilicueta
In times when the tempo for struggle is not very high, you prepare populations by conducting acts of courage-building, confidence-building, respect for each other. That’s what the preparation is about and it requires leadership.
Vijay Prashad
Someone who only wants to play sold-out shows will find a tempo that works at the shows and then focus on making that kind of music, but maybe they’ll miss out on other things because of it.
Vince Staples
I’ve gotten hernias from drummers when they drop tempo.
Miles Davis
Tunes have notes and tempos and rules. If the tune is “All the Things You Are,” you have to adhere to its structure and to the tradition behind that structure.
John Kao
People walk differently in high heels. Your body sways to a different kind of tempo.
Manolo Blahnik
I think music talks to you on an emotional level, regardless of where you’re from. I guess I related to the tempo of rap, the aggressiveness.
Iggy Azalea
Hip-hop and electronic music are so similar, in the fact that they’re both very visceral, have so much bass; a lot of times, it’s the same tempos. The culture and some of the sound design is different but a lot of times, it’s the same stuff.
At best Americans give but a limited attention to history. Too much happens too rapidly, and before we can evaluate it, or exhaust its meaning or pleasure, there is something new to concern us. Ours is the tempo of the motion picture, not that of the still camera, and we waste experience as we wasted the forest.
Ralph Ellison
Whenever you play dance music, it serves a function. It becomes a utility; you have to worry about the tempos and what you’re going to play for people. But when you’re playing for listening, you’re free.
Stan Kenton
I love going into the studio with just an idea of the direction. Like, I want this tempo… I love to start from scratch, and the tracks sort of take on a life of their own.
Lindsey Stirling
Coffee has … expand[ed] humanity’s working-day from twelve to a potential twenty-four hours. The tempo, the complexity, the tension of modern life, call for something that can perform the miracle of stimulating brain activity, without evil, habit-forming after-effects.
Margaret Meagher
Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.
Nina Kuscsik
I started running to different albums, and I was starting with the short albums and moving on to the longer albums. I was interested in how they built up, in tempo and intensity. it made me interested in albums again, too.
Jens Lekman
He dreamed of amassing musicians from all over the world in Woodstock and they would sit in a field in a circle and play and play. It didn’t matter what key or tempo or what melody, they would keep on playing through their discordance until they found a common language.
Patti Smith
Well, you can’t throw heavy, analytical, thought-provoking songs at people 24/7. It’s been my experience over the last 20 years that on a rare occasion, in a live setting, if you can slow people down to listen to two good ballads, then you’re doing pretty good. Then throw a tempo at ’em. Then have fun.
Ronnie Dunn