42 Total Quotes

Elvis Costello Quotes

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do
Elvis Costello
#Architecture

[Commercial radio] is owned by one or two corporations now, and they're not in the music business. They're in the advertising business, ... So let's not kid ourselves. If you want to hear music, go buy a guitar.
Elvis Costello
#Business

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Elvis Costello
#American Comedian #Funny #Architecture

There's no such thing as an original sin.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician #Sin

We have to speak up now,
Elvis Costello
#Speakers And Speaking

It would be a surprise if people thought I would be playing a lot of rock 'n' roll.
Elvis Costello
#People

The words that are being spoken are serious, whether you take them at face value or listen to them at all, ... I'm not a preacher, I'm a singer. I can sing about serious things, but I don't think I have to put on a pious face to do it.
Elvis Costello
#Value

The songs will tell a story that I have imagined existing between the lines of Andersen's biography and some of his most famous tales, ... They speak of a misfit's love for an unattainable woman and a struggle between a huckster and someone who composes music in secret.
Elvis Costello
#Biography

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I've always thought of myself as a ballad singer who could sing rock 'n' roll, not the other way around,
Elvis Costello
#Rock N Roll

Peace, Love and Understanding
Elvis Costello
#Love

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Elvis Costello
#Critics And Criticism #Music

Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock'n'roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And I've done lots of different things, as you know, but every so often I get drawn back.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of The Delivery Man could never achieve.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I find humming is very useful.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I followed The Byrds a lot, and then when they did a country styled record it made me curious to know who these people were that they liked.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I found with this record I had to really be strong-willed, because in the past I've tended to tinker and add a thing or take a thing away, and nearly always been wrong.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I know that when I make a record like The Delivery Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno, this is going to reach a wider audience, because it communicates in that very direct way.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician

Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.
Elvis Costello
#British Musician