In this issue, we've exhausted the topic of “quality” on many different levels, but we'd like to acknowledge that in the end, music is what stirs the soul. That said, before taking the following quiz, please go back and read Stephen St.Croix's “Fast Lane” column, where he emphasizes the importance of quality music. Then flip back to this back page and see if you can match up the quotes below with the musical legends who uttered them. The first person to e-mail the Mix editors (email@example.com) with the correct answers will receive 10 free CDs of our choosing from the artists featured below, along with a photo in an upcoming issue.
1. Sid Vicious
A. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
2. Brian Eno
B. The worst crime is faking it.
3. Luciano Pavarotti
C. All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
4. John Lennon
D. A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be at the heart of the best art.
5. Tom Waits
E. Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.
6. Kurt Cobain
F. These can't be the only notes in the world; there's got to be other notes someplace, in some dimension, between the cracks in the piano keys.
7. Ella Fitzgerald
G. You don't need any brains to listen to music.
8. Frank Sinatra
H. I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or 10 years. If you can, then it ain't music. It's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, but it ain't music.
9. Charlie Parker
I. It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
10. Wendy Carlos
J. I'm not very good technically, but I can make it f****in' howl and move.
11. Frank Zappa
K. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
12. Charles Mingus
L. The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
13. Marvin Gaye
M. You just pick up a chord, go twang and you've got music.
14. Billie Holiday
N. Rock 'n' Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
15. Bruce Springsteen
O. Music is like making love: all or nothing.
P. I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.
17. Louis Armstrong
Q. I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.
18. Elvis Presley
R. Don't play what's there, play what's not there.
19. Miles Davis
S. I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth.
20. Isaac Stern
T. I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.