Once you encounter people who are really testing the limits of kindness, that's when you start to build up a shield and close yourself down.
I'm a true believer that unless you're Prince or Stevie Wonder - and even Prince is showing that he needs help - not everybody can produce themselves. I'm definitely not that person.
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.
Madonna is interesting. She changed music. She definitely did. She gave me an opportunity that no one else would give me, so I am very grateful to her.
Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it. Meshell Ndegeocell
God looks out for fools and babies.
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.
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.
My father was a jazz tenor sax player. He played in a lot of big bands. So I had that sound around me all the time. The first record that really caught my ear was Clifford Brown's 'Brownie Eyes.' I grew up listening to John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet. This is where I come from... I love improvisa
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.
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.
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.
Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world.
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.
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun. Meshell Ndegeoc
Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.
I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star. Meshell Ndegeoc
I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails. Meshell Ndegeocell
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.
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.
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 joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner.
I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.
Sometimes people ask what it was like when I got to meet Mick Jagger, and I must admit that you just try and chill out and be your best self around anyone that you meet.
I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained. Meshell Ndegeocell
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner. Meshell Ndegeoc
It's hard being bisexual, omnisexual, multisexual, whatever you want to call it, when people have their agenda and expect you to just represent their agenda.
I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained.
If I would not be able to create music, I would create art or something else. Perhaps cooking.