There's no hierarchy in suffering. I think songs that are transcendent are the ones where everyone can feel something from it, you know?
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun. Meshell Ndegeoc
I find myself wanting to make music at the dining room table or in the bedroom - I'm kind of a mobile writer, so I sort of move around the house. But the attic is definitely where I can make the most noise. While everyone on the lower floors screams 'Earthquake!' But no! It's just my bass!
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner. Meshell Ndegeocell
I just try to tell a story with a song, and be able to try to transmit the emotion to you. That's all I'm really trying to do.
Our leaders and Osama Bin Laden all claim to do the right thing in the name of God. I question that. I wonder if that God is worth the life of another human-being.
I stopped beating up on myself. I stopped asking myself why I didn't sell this number of records, why I don't have corporate sponsorship. I just don't buy into any of that anymore.
It's very limiting to us as a species, the concept of better-than/less-than. It just seems to be at its end. I'm like, this all fades to black, and it's gone. It's dust. Choose carefully what you obsess about.
We're all just bags of bones and muscle and hormones; I'll never understand what makes our minds do the things we do. It's like that statue of the monkey holding a skull. We're trying to use a thing we don't understand to understand ourselves.
God looks out for fools and babies.
My favorite period is when we lived in the land of the three-minute song. The Motown thing - I thought they were genius in knowing that's as much as a listener can take.
I think secretly I've realized after my time on the planet that I have no control over what people feel about me or need from me, so I just have a more laid-back approach in my apologies.
The blowing thing is something that you either have a predilection for or not. And I don't have that thing. It was just unsanitary. I couldn't do it. I am a complete germaphobe.
I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.
If I would not be able to create music, I would create art or something else. Perhaps cooking.
I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.
It's funny, I think after you are a star like Sting and you no longer think you need any guidance or aid - it would be great to see those stars work with other songwriters.
I'm becoming more and more apolitical - I think the most revolutionary thing you can do is just live your life and have a good time. Before they scoop you up on the street or you die.
My legacy is in my family, not in my work. For me. I don't know about for other people. I try to forget a lot.
I love children. I'd prefer to be around children much more than adults, actually. And I like animals, too. I'm just really into beings who are at ease with themselves.
I'm really good at melodic and sonic things, but I don't really think I have anything to say. But I really enjoy the puzzle-making of taking words and adding a melody to them.
I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails. Meshell Ndegeocell
Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world. Meshell Ndegeocell
Looking at the media today, I'm quite ashamed of myself, of things I've participated in. Everything is marketed to sex and gossip and it's just a shame that those are the things at the forefront, on people's minds, those are the things that make you popular, what you have on or how little you have o
Music is my only guide. I don't care if people pigeonhole me. Miles Davis is my hero. He covered Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson, and he didn't give a hoot about what the purists said.
Definitely dub is in my body forever. I think I hear everything through a dub filter. Even when I play rock music, I play through a dub filter.
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.' Meshell Ndegeoc
I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails.
It's interesting to do other people's music - that's how I learned to play, by learning other people's songs. It's nice to delve into how other people got to where they are.
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.