Thursday, November 1, 2012

Terence Trent D'Arby Quotes

1. I look at writing and recording like going to the toilet.



2. Take Whitney Houston - after a month of waking up next to her life would get very boring.



3. I've always been blessed or cursed with perception.

4. I may say a lot of strange and incomprehensible things as far as other people are concerned, but that is the way of all brilliance.

5. I do have some very strange thoughts - still, all geniuses are mad aren't they?


6. I think I'm a GENIUS. Point F#*king blank.






7. I admit I'm arrogant but not that arrogant - my arrogance is cool.

8. I had a job writing in a weekly newspaper but after a while that got boring because I realized the people I was interviewing were far less interesting than me and I didn't see why I should be talking to them.


9. I've delivered the goods, and f#*k anybody who doesn't agree with me.






10. I am a true soul genius and, unlike certain other singers, 100 per cent man.

11. For the past few years, I have been involved in taking control of my life from the industry. You find yourself in a scenario where you think you understand something, you are young after all, you wake up and realize that you need to grab the situation. There was a lot of energy going into the wrong places. All artists, if you last long enough, you realize that there is something you need to get out of. Just challenging myself to take back the control, I was being dominated in my life. Back into my command, and live in a way that best fits my own ideals.


12. You have to understand that it is really difficult because Americans do not recognize irony in a way that Brits do. There is no doubt that I had some naïve lessons to learn. Whether I was joking or serious, it did not matter. It was a running gag, but by the time the quote would get to the U.S., it would grow in proportion to the point that I would try to find new things to say to hype the album, like: "This is the best debut by a left-handed guy who was born in the Northern hemisphere." It made great copy but it was clear that unless you are there, it was very hard to appreciate it.

13. It was a persona I had perfected. I kind of felt like I could do this, but it was a while before I saw that some of these things could come back and haunt you. Not that I am trying to be revisionist. I recall these two young ladies at one radio station, and only because of one thing that they had heard in an interview, and the fact that they would not even get to know me, was an eye opener. But me comparing myself to The Beatles was the same thing as Lennon comparing himself to Jesus...basically you are sincere with uplifting humanity through your trials.

14. Sometimes we work on the bag, it is good stamina-building stuff…but it was a period I grew up in, like many kids, it was a very oppressed field I was in…it is like being with someone you are intimidated by. Boxing for me was an outlet that I could see myself as a lover not a fighter you see…to see that I had just as much right as the next man…I was very impressed with this natural gift I had for it. You saw there was a harmless person but inside there was a beast…a lot of it had to do with me being abandoned by my father. At the time, boxing suppressed energy, once I saw I could protect myself in such a masculine way, I went back to the direction of the poet side of our male psyche.

15. I think I have learned that life is short but we as people are complex...we are. It is kind of like we are stuck on the idea that we are one thing or another, men can feel love and hate in the same breath...there tends to be more than one force, that forces you in such a dramatic fashion. You do not simply get up and walk toward a certain direction, you know...but the first year of my service, I was a model soldier - a sleeper - a soldier who was moving up the ranks very fast, I was being considered for the rank of sergeant, then I had this urge not to express myself in a military way.

16. Open yourself to a new state of mind, your experiences are not really what you want to appreciate...but I want to respect the army because I learned a lot in there, same thing with boxing. If a man wants to apply himself to a task, then there is really no task you can't do. As much of an individualist an artist may be...I tried for the boy scouts and they would not take me...But in the army, I had a chance to sort of be a boy scout. So I do not want to put down the army.

17. Listen, I could not possibly think of a form of mind control that it would take to convince me for any reason to drop what I do now to go and fight for someone's fight for geopolitical repositioning of energy resources...you know?


18. Well, having chosen to go independent and not having the force or resources to do what major labels do, it allowed me to be more creative and gave me more space. It shows, when you don't have to push the issue, you can be more creative. I may do a bridge project because of the work that is jumping out at me...I want to give retail a warning before Sananda Maitreya, Sananda Maitreya Records breaks out...I have something working out right now, around February, it should hit North American shores...the best thing is not having an idiot manager...at this point in my life...as long as you follow your joy, your creative passion, you will always be stimulated...stimulation is the key to financial success...keep yourself stimulated, give yourself more chances to stimulate yourself and stop stressing so much...stress, stress, stress...keep working before they ship your job overseas.

19. Everything has happened through some kind of luck, I have heard everything I have ever made, why should my life be different from Beethoven's, Miles Davis' or Jimi Hendrix's, or anyone else's I look up to? People will say: "why did you do this, why did you do that?"




20. I was born Terence Trent Howard.

21. I haven't been Terence since I was 33 years old, no matter how descriptive you can be, no one can touch what actually happened...it has nothing to do with religion, I know that there are religious connections, but it has nothing to do with religion, but it was a realization of so many things that happened...this was the life I got, not the life I dreamt...I kept hearing the name Sananda called out...he mental framework of Terence Trent D'Arby was compromised...a new identity was offered, I felt that I may or may not be ridiculed, but I found a new sense, and that if I felt the trust, then I could do more than I would have as Terence Trent D'Arby.



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Park Bom Quotes

1. I don't even have one moment where I felt like I wanted to give up.




2. While I was auditioning during those years and I kept getting rejected, I never gave up till the end and even though I came this far, it was very tough, but I never gave up for my dream.

3. From the outside I seem happy a lot. But, I’m a human and it’s not possible to always be happy.

4. My voice! And my style, my looks, Park Bom herself is an original!

5. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom because I had to hide the whole time.



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Macy Gray Quotes

1. Becoming famous and selling a lot of records doesn't change a thing.

2. Being God would be the ultimate.

3. I have a bronze statue of myself, naked. I have these really big curls and water comes out of every curl. It's hot.

4. I write in the studio.

5. I'd like to be Queen Elizabeth.

6. The main part of the house is a deep red and I have butterscotch carpet. And I have a bathroom with leopard skin floor, wallpaper and toilet.


7. You don't have to be a rock star - if you don't like the situation you're in, you don't have to settle for it.

8. I've never met anyone that is their image.

9. Whatever your image is, it's probably not you, but it affords you the freedom to live up to it.

10. Am I a fruitcake? I don't know. Perception is reality. What you see me as in your world is what I am; it doesn't matter what I am.


11. Before I was famous, I had this big crush on Puffy, when he was with Jennifer Lopez.

12. Elton John is this legend, but he's actually a really gracious man. He's really nice and down to earth.

13. I discovered Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. I'm very open to music. One of my favourite bands ever is Nirvana.

14. I do steal on occasion. I stole a painting from the last hotel I was in. But I'll probably be charged for it.


15. I get a lot of ideas when I'm writing with my band, when we're jamming.


16. I get misinterpreted and misunderstood a lot.

17. I hate it because you go to a party to be seen, to be cool, not to party. In LA, everything is about where you go. Everybody has little cliques.

18. I have a production company and we've been developing a few stories. I have a lot of really great ideas, but I don't know if I'm going to end up writing them.


19. I have three babies. They're the best thing. And I get to see the world. I make a lot more money than I used to and I get to make records.



20. I know what my real problems are.

21. I read so many things about me that are off. People think I'm out of it a lot-like I'm on another planet or I space out a lot-but I really don't.

22. I still feel like I don't fit in.


23. I was in 7th grade and I went to a pool party. I had on this bikini and it kept slipping up my butt. That was embarrassing.



24. I was in jail. It teaches you a good lesson when you're locked up. They literally take your freedom away. There's nothing sexy about that. I learnt my lesson. I would never, ever go back.

25. I was ready for death. My marriage had ended and my career hadn't worked out, and I was feeling kinda beaten.


26. I wouldn't call myself a Valley girl, but I have a really great house.





27. I'm mixing my third album, The Trouble With Being Myself. It's a spoof on Reality TV shows, the government, corporate fat cats.

28. I've read some things about me that have hurt my feelings.


29. If I were God for a day, no one would be sick, hungry. Everybody would have lots of money, be in love, and all the girls could weigh exactly how much they wanted. And girls wouldn't have periods.
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30. It's about being yourself in the public eye. That can really be misunderstood sometimes. I'm not always accepted by the masses.

31. It's like any other job: there's a method to it and it's really important to get that down. I'm still working on it, I got a lot to learn.


32. It's rough and tumble like any family with children. You've gotta get your priorities straight. It can get a little bananas.



33. LA is sexy and easy. it's easy to move around and get to know people out here. Everybody knows where to go and who to go with. The weather is real symbolic of LA.

34. My favorite rock star is Diana Ross. She kind of invented the whole diva rock star thing.

35. My kids have been on tour with me a couple of times. Unless they're in school they come on tour with me.


36. My kids know every word to every song. It's amazing. They seem to get what I'm talking about in my music.



37. My life is different than when I first started out, when I made my first album. I had different things to say. I learned a lot about music.

38. My oldest little girl actually wants to be a singer.

39. People tell kids a lot of things because they don't think they're really listening or they don't think they really know anything. When you're a kid you get a lot of information.

40. Saturdays at 5:00 P.M, I get the whole roller rink to myself.


41. Say you order roasted chicken and they serve it fried. That's not cool. You have to get it roasted like you want, or you leave. Satisfaction is crucial.



42. Slam magazine is what got my little boy reading, and Kobe Bryant was on the cover, so I love him. I really hope the media doesn't ruin it for him.

43. To be able to make music for a living, it's a lot of fun. I'm having a ball.

44. When I was a kid, a man told me he killed someone. I asked him how it was and he said it was liberating.


45. You could either go the traditional way or the other way. I went the other way.


46. You put your family first, but when you have kids you have to have a livelihood. It's a lot of juggling.

47. I'm really flattered by all of you who voted for me.

48. All kids are goofy. But I was extra goofy. Really tall, big feet, big ears. And I had a funny voice. When you're growing up, it's all about fitting in. I just wanted to have friends, so I didn't talk much.


49. The more I did it, the more I evolved on my own time. I'm at the point now where I get up on stage and tell myself that even if the audience doesn't have fun, I'll have fun. I just get up and party.

50. When you're an artist and open yourself up to a bunch of different stuff...then when you go into the studio you come out with all kinds of crazy stuff. I just go in and let it roll.

51. It's definitely a lot of work...but I'm in love with my kids and I love what I do so it's all good. I wouldn't change anything. My kids love seeing me on stage. My little girl dances to the tracks.


52. I definitely wanted to have a good time listening to this album. If you listen to Bob Marley records, you just sit back and party to them. I wanted this record to be like (that): You chill out, no matter what.




53. Japan was great. I saw the new Prada store-it's the largest Prada store in the whole world.


54. The best movies are all about violent crime: The Godfather, Bonnie and Clyde, Menace to Society - they're all street stories that have violence, and mostly the main characters are thieves. Those are my heroes.






55. I love all of Martin Scorsese's movies. Good Will Hunting was great, as far as the writing. And, of course, Training Day. That was the best-written movie.



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Tracy Chapman Quotes

1. I may be revered or defamed and decried; But I tried to live my life right.




2. Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.

3. After it's finished, sometimes I can trace a path that goes back to the possible source of inspiration.


4. At this point in my life I'd like to live as if only love mattered.








5. I dressed up as a veterinarian for a Halloween costume party. I had the lab coat. I got a couple of stuffed animals for patients and put bandages on them.

6. Everyone is looking for connections between the songs. I don't usually approach a record as a concept. There's no overriding theme I'm trying to represent. It's all about the individual songs.


7. I end up writing about all kinds of things. I never make an attempt to write about anything in particular. I don't have a little list of topics to write about.

8. I learn all these things about the record talking about it after it's finished.

9. I often write either really early in the morning, or really late at night.

10. I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!


11. I'm a hopeful cynic. 


12. Love's a recurring theme through my work.

13. My older sister encouraged me from early on and bought me one of the first guitars I had. She listened to all of the crappy songs that I wrote when I was 8 years old and encouraged me to keep doing it.

14. Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies or a line or two or a verse.

15. People's real hopes and dreams can be distorted and misdirected and packaged until you're not sure what you really want or what you even really need.


16. The songs are not necessarily autobiographical. A lot of songs are a combination of influences. It might be some part of my life, or something I've felt, or something somebody's told me. It all comes together.





17. We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives. It's supposed to help us communicate, but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.

18. We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived.


19. When you feel like you've had a good show, you go backstage and you talk to yourself about it, and if you have a bad show you talk to yourself about it.



20. With other people, you're always swapping music. Somebody is always listening to something you've never heard. It's a great way to hear all sorts of new things.

21. You have to pay attention to the moment and make it the best it can be for you. I've been trying to do that. It's really made a major difference for me. I'm a happier person.


22. I really love playing music with other people. It's more fun to be on the road with others. It's kind of lonely out there when you play on your own!





23. A fan saw me on the street last night. He asked me what my sign was. I'm an Aries.

24. I'm never sure if I'll ever write another song, what the song will be about and if what initially sparked the beginning of a song might complete it.

25. I haven't really found myself where I didn't expect to!



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Celebrity Halloween Quotes

1. For me, writing something in the spirit of Halloween is like Mother Teresa writing on charity and sacrifice. It's just second nature to me. (Danny Elfman)
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2. Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for halloween everyday. (Gwen Stefani)

3. I see my face in the mirror and go: "I'm a Halloween costume? That's what they think of me?" (Drew Carey)

4. Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special. (Chris Rock)


5. When I was a kid my family was really poor and I remember one Halloween I wanted to dress up really scary and my parents came home with a duck costume. I wore that costume for years! I hated it. (R.L. Stine)


6. Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on. (River Phoenix)

7. (My son) wants to be Batman and he wants the Batman costume that comes in the mail. It has fake muscles in it, which is very disconcerting on a four-year-old. (Matthew Broderick)


8. This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him. (Conan O'Brien)




9. On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me. (Rodney Dangerfield)

10. I dressed up as a veterinarian for a Halloween costume party. I had the lab coat. I got a couple of stuffed animals for patients and put bandages on them. (Tracy Chapman)


11. Being born on Halloween, there's always a party. It's a convenient birthday because you don't really have to organize a party. (Eddie Kaye Thomas)



12. A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween. (Erma Bombeck)


13. There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. (George Carlin)




14. We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween. (Loretta Lynn)


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Jody Watley Quotes

1. Eventually you can get into the nuts and bolts of reality: nurturing, caring, and getting along.









2. Flower was a good metaphor for growth. The song is obviously about sexual responsibility, so that was the main metaphor. Also, it's like knowing who someone has been and remembering and appreciating that, but really appreciating what they are now even more.


3. Right now I'm single. Single, and loving it.



4. I used all that doubt as fuel for my own music, fuel for my drive to succeed.

5. I always make this joke that I know you were expecting to see the big skirts and the hoops. But that was a long time ago. Artists aren't always seen as real people. If you start out as a teenager, sometimes people want to keep you locked as that. But I'm a woman now.


6. I wanted to do Playboy to get across the same ideas I'm singing and writing about these days. It's all about proving that a woman can defy stereotypes.




7. If I've learned anything in this business, it's that you have to be fearless.


8. I'll put candles all over the room, then light then, and get to it. I call it my "vibe in a bag."





9. In some cases I feel like they haven't appreciated enough that growing up doesn't mean boring and old and not full of life. I like to talk about that also.

10. Maybe with your emotions and your feelings, someone else can say it in a different way than you would, which brings new life to the way you might sing it.


11. Passion has always been important to me. That won't change. What changes in a woman's perspective. I mean, I have two kids now. I'm a single parent balancing motherhood and my career. That changes the equation.



12. The time was ripe for Flower. The vibe was right.

13. The music business is very hard on women over 22. You really have to prove yourself every time you make a record. Are you as vibrant as you used to be? Are you as sexy? So I really want to prove that a woman in her 30s can be all those things and more.


14. When you're a girl, passion can dominate the equation, but as you grow up relationships evolve. Mad passion can grab you at first, but it can't last forever.







15. There's one more thing I want to say. It's a touchy subject. Black beauty. Black sensuality. We live in a culture where the beauty of black people isn't always as celebrated as other types. I'd like to help change that if I can!


16. I’ve learned assert yourself, otherwise you get turned into mashed potato. (British Music Publication, Black Echoes, interview, April, 1989)








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Chaka Khan Quotes

1. Being a singer is a way for me to get to a platform to do more.



2. But really, we also need to learn how to love one another as women. How to appreciate and respect each other.

3. Everyone in my family sang, and we would always sing these songs.

4. I like to work spontaneously.

5. I love to sing. It's the easiest thing for me to do.


6. Getting a degree, being on Sesame Street...those were like real accomplishments to me.


7. I mean, I'm not unhappy, but there's still so much I want to do.

8. I'd like to work on putting art programs back in schools.

9. I'd been in a vicious cycle and circle of people and couldn't see my way out. So I picked myself up one day about 15 years ago and moved where I didn't know anyone.

10. If I love a song, I make it mine.


11. I've always struggled so much just to appreciate myself.



12. I think the whole reason for my life is in there somewhere.

13. I remember seeing the movie "To Sir With Love" when I was a little girl.

14. My philosophy is familiarity breeds contempt.

15. One of the album's songs features Mary J. Blige, but I don't want to talk too much about it yet. I think you will hear the music that's been playing in my head when it comes out.


16. In my thirties, I felt I had hold of one of the reins some of the time.




17. To me, this degree was an acknowledgment of my work in music.

18. There are a lot of people I would have liked to have collaborated with, and would still like to.

19. Walking through this life really is walking through fire.

20. Well. I'm probably not loving myself like I should, but I'm really trying.


21. When I was in my twenties, it felt like I was riding wild horses, and I was hoping I didn't go over a cliff.


22. You know, it's just tough to get together and do work with somebody.



23. My mom took me to see "Goldfinger". My mom took me to see "To Sir, With Love".

24. The bickering and fighting and hating that women do with each other - it's going to kill us as a race of people.

25. I have a lot of charity work I'm into right now, and selling my Chakalates - supporting that whole effort.


26. I've been collaborating with Ira Schickman on some songs, and there will be many other, great musicians involved.



27. As you get older, though, you realize there are fire extinguishers. You do have an ability to control the flames.

28. I grew up on Peggy Lee, Lita, Sarah, Ella - all these people!


29. If we could just see how related we all are, how we're really all in the same place.






30. If I pop everyone who calls me a diva then I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison.

31. Basically what we did - I wrote poetry, he took it home and came back the next day with music to it…It was that simple. It took us three weeks' time to do the whole CD.


32. They are in it to make money, period...And they are looking at their earnings at the end of a fiscal year. You, on the other hand, are the total opposite of that. You are trying to express yourself, your deepest stuff. The two really don't go together when you think about it.

33. I love tuba and bass-horns.


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