Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind

— Meshell Ndegeocello

The most sensual Meshell Ndegeocello quotes that will inspire your inner self

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!

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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.

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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.

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I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails.

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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.

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I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner.

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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.

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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.

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Your government has problems...my government has problems. I can't be a judge. All I can do is be an ambassador of love. I'm a musician, not a soldier, and if I'm invited to a place in order to play and bring love, I'll always accept the invitation.

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Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.

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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.

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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.

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About Meshell Ndegeocello

Quotes 45 sayings
Profession Singer-songwriter
Birthday August 29, 1968

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.

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Your yes means nothing if you can't say no.

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I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained.

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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.

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Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it.

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I feel that musicians are in a fellowship, and that fellowship is a responsibility.

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If I would not be able to create music, I would create art or something else. Perhaps cooking.

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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.

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You make a choice to make music or be an actor, and people automatically think they can have access to your life.

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Children are born with their own optimism.

They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.

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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.

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I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like “Midnight in Paris.” Nostalgia isn’t so enticing.

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I tried to be as positive as possible, because I have the same birthday as Michael Jackson. He is my cosmic brother. I love him.

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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.

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God looks out for fools and babies.

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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.

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No one knows anything for sure.

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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.

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I dabble in the jazz world, which is male-­dominated.

If you had two women playing together, it became a shtick. It becomes a "girl group," and it has to be something cutesy. That's hard to contend with.

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Music is like a lover that I can't commit to, but I seem to always find myself in bed with.

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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.

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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.

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I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.

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Any ideas of “other” are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of “normal.”

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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.

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I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star.

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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.

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Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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