Meshell Ndegeocello's Quotes
Biography of Meshell Ndegeocello
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.Tags: Care, Hero, Music
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 improvisational music.Tags: Love, Music, Time
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.Tags: Knowing, Song, Thought
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.Tags: Beautiful, Greatest, Love
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.Tags: Makes, Trying, Understand
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.Tags: Expect, Hard, Whatever
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.Tags: Kindness, Start, Yourself
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.'Tags: Ideas, Normal, Personal
Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.Tags: Children, Optimism, Wish
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.Tags: Body, Music, Rock
I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.Tags: Color, Joke, Movie
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.Tags: Tell, Try, Trying
I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails.Tags: Leaders, Resistance, Strength
I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star.Tags: Company, Star
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.Tags: Sun
There's no hierarchy in suffering. I think songs that are transcendent are the ones where everyone can feel something from it, you know?Tags: Everyone, Songs, Suffering
Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world.Tags: Begets, Violence, Yes
You make a choice to make music or be an actor, and people automatically think they can have access to your life.Tags: Choice, Life, Music
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!Tags: Everyone, Music, While
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.Tags: Children, Love, Themselves
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.Tags: Anymore, Number, Why
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.Tags: After, Control, Time
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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.Tags: Help, Themselves, True
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.Tags: Good, Life, Time
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.Tags: Learning, Music, Nice