Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.
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!
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
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.' Meshell Ndegeoc
I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.
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.
Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it. Meshell Ndegeocell
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.
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun. Meshell Ndegeoc
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.
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.
Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world. Meshell Ndegeocell
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.
Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind
Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.
Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it.
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 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.
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 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'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 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.
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 always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner. Meshell Ndegeocell
I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star.
There's no hierarchy in suffering. I think songs that are transcendent are the ones where everyone can feel something from it, you know?
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 joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.
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.
Music is like a lover that I can't commit to, but I seem to always find myself in bed with.