Melody Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old melody quotes, melody sayings, and melody proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Melody always comes to me first before words - cadence and melody. When you're humming the melody and it's incredible and words start coming out it can build into something special.     


The only form of music is melody, without melody music is not feasible, and music and melody are quite inseparable.     

Richard Wagner

When you're just singing a beautiful melody with a story that's true to the heart, you don't need a lot of embellishment.     

Emmylou Harris

The writing of a melody is an emotional moment; success doesn't make it easy.     


Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.     

Eric Church

The secret of a great melody is a secret.     

Dave Brubeck

The melody is generally what the piece is all about.     

Aaron Copland

There is a lot of melody and things that sound familiar in hundreds of songs.     

Wayne Coyne

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form.     

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Melody is disarming. It's anarchic!     


It is the melody and the rhythm that are by far the most important and then words and imagery and stuff, story bits will start to stick to a melody and that is the way I write.     

Matt Berninger

When you make a melody that doesn't come with words from the get-go, sometimes you're just thinking about random vowel sounds that go with it - and it's really, really hard to write lyrics that actually obey the vowel sounds.     

David Longstreth

There's usually a rhythm and a melody in my head, and that creates an emotional state.     

Stephan Jenkins

A melody is not merely something you can hum.     

Aaron Copland

Never be ashamed to write a melody that people remember.     

Burt Bacharach

I look at melody as rhythm.     

Charlie Parker

With a good melody... music gets me through everything.     

Drake Bell