There's no hierarchy in suffering. I think songs that are transcendent are the ones where everyone can feel something from it, you know?
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.
My greatest influence is Jimi Hendrix, and if he's been reincarnated, or if he's looking down, sideways, or looking up, I just wanted to tell him that I love him and thank him for opening doors for me. I just wanted to make it beautiful for him.
Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind
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.
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner.
I feel that musicians are in a fellowship, and that fellowship is a responsibility.
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.
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 am here no longer just a vision birthed into this body I accept my praise, my blame, my joy, my sorrow I realize we are, in truth, the truth we seek God, perfect this very moment.
I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.
I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star.
I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.
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.
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.
God looks out for fools and babies.
If I would not be able to create music, I would create art or something else. Perhaps cooking.
Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it. Meshell Ndegeocell
I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained. Meshell Ndegeocell
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.
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.
Music is like a lover that I can't commit to, but I seem to always find myself in bed with.
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner. Meshell Ndegeocell
I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained.
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'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 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
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.