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"It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once."

—Nina LaCour, Hold Still

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"A song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment. Which is pretty amazing, when you actually think about it."

—Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

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"Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn’t even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn’t even know had a particular smell."

—Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

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"Every life has a soundtrack. There is a tune that makes me think of the summer I spent rubbing baby oil on my stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. There’s another that reminds me of tagging along with my father on Sunday morning to pick up the New York Times. There’s the song that reminds me of using a fake ID to get into a nightclub; and the one that brings back my cousin Isobel’s sweet sixteen, where I played Seven Minutes in Heaven with a boy whose breath smelled like tomato soup. If you ask me, music is the language of memory."

—Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

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"Never underestimate a girl’s love for her favorite band. Never think, even for a minute, that she won’t defend them to her death. Because it’s not just the music that makes that band her favorite. It’s the guys, it’s the gals, it’s the fans. People whom of which she has interacted with, thanks to the band. That band might have saved her life. Or maybe they just make her smile every day. That girl’s favorite band, they’ve never broken her heart. They have yet to leave her. No wonder she finds such joy in her music."

—Alex Gaskarth

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"It appeared that nobody ever said a thing they meant, or talked of a feeling they felt, but that was what music was for."

—Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out

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"Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common."

—Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

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"I’ve always just adored music. It’s my first love, really. I admire and respect people in the music business. You really have to work hard and diligently. Sometimes actors can be lazy and get away with it, but you can’t do that if you’re a musician."

—Blythe Danner

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"The beautiful thing is, music can be like a time machine. One song - the lyrics, the melody, the mood - can take you back to a moment in time like nothing else can."

—Lisa Schroeder, Chasing Brooklyn

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"They don’t even know what it is to be a fan. Y’know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts."

—Almost Famous

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"The best lyrics are the ones that give you goosebumps, or make you cry in public, or help you realize the answers."

—Katy Perry

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"You call it a band, a venue, and a Friday night. But we call it our soundtrack, our home, and the only life we know."

—Christopher Gutierrez

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"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."

—Maya Angelou

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"There are songs that make us want to dance, songs that make us want to sing along. But the best songs are the ones that bring you back to the moment you first heard them, and once again, break your heart."
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"Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And, years later tell how they stood for hours in the cold rain just to catch a glimpse of the one who taught them to hold on a second longer."