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All Quotes by author - Neneh Cherry
" A lot of young musicians in Stockholm are about keeping tradition alive and moving it forward at the same time. "
" Being a grandmother is one of the least strange things in my life. It makes more sense than a lot of things... like photo shoots! "
" Both my parents were working-class and had dreams of making the world a better place. It's pretty powerful, being able to reflect back their beliefs. "
" Everyone in Sweden has great hair and teeth and is clean-cut and organised. "
" For me, making music is about my whole life. The basics, the components, simple things - family, living, just going to the market and getting new fruit and veg. That's what keeps my blood flowing. "
" Frank Ocean is our modern-day Marvin Gaye. In our house, we have nothing but respect for him. "
" I admire someone like Beyonce. She has amazing commitment. I needed to accept that I probably did not fit into that forum. Doing that 'The Cherry Thing' record was a big part of finding that place where I belong, where I may shine, but I never doubted it was there. "
" I always found very strong images for my songwriting in New York. "
" I am not super-ambitious. I am not a classically amazing singer or anything. "
" I don't live my life through my kids, nor do I expect them to live theirs through mine. But of course, they're everything. "
" I don't think I would have made 'Blank Project; if I hadn't made 'Cherry Thing.' I think that was a real rebirth in a way, and a remembrance of how I like to make music best, the most. Like being in a more chaotic place, maybe. Like a place of making and being creative where the mistakes can be left in. "
" I don't think you can cover a song unless you love it and have a relationship with it. With 'Golden Heart' I felt a sense of responsibility. And when we were recording it in the studio, it felt almost dream-like. Something you might hear if you were in Senegal, with someone singing from the mosque in the morning just as the sun's coming up. "
" I found my place when I moved to London, where I chose to live, making my own tribe who were all from different backgrounds and places. The class thing is very dominant there, but in the cultural cross-fertilization, I felt a sense of belonging. "
" If you want to make God happy, tell him your plans. "
" I have absorbed my life now. I am ready for my music to unfold. I know time flies, but before the end of this year, the album will be out. Even if it kills me. "
" I haven't lived in Sweden since I was a teenager. We lived in southern Sweden, about two hours north of Copenhagen, where my family's home base has been since 1970. Our parents bought a schoolhouse in preparation for self-sufficient living. They wanted to create a place to do all the things they believed in. "
" I like Kelela. I like Twigs. I love the more old school; I hate to say old school, but I love Peaches; I love Peaches, I love Cat Power. And there's constantly new things coming up. But there's something so beautifully powerful - for me being a woman, when there's a woman doing something, it really strikes a chord. "
" I love collard greens and sweet potatoes. But like, traveling, I'm always just looking for that thing where you feel like there's love in the food. Like one of the best things, in Brazil it's feijoada. I was in Tobago in the winter, and I had the best roti I've ever had, with curry goat. "
" I love Robyn, not just because we've worked together. I mean, that's why we've worked together - because I love her. "
" I'm 50. And I'm not ever really worried about being trendy. "
" I'm a bit of a rebel, and I always will be. "
" I'm allergic to doing the obvious thing. "
" I'm not an amazingly trained soul singer, so with me it's about feeling and energy and spontaneity - that's a really big part of who I am. "
" I'm quite a particular singer, and I need to feel like I can bite into the song, in a way, to make it my own. You want the challenge of the songs having some attitude. "
" I think I've always been slightly addicted to not repeating myself. When you're doing something the first time around, it's often the best time. I think 'Blank Project' is about carrying on. Its that thing where you're making something because you have to, but you don't know how or why. "
" I think I've grown up in a mixed environment, and maybe a lot of the time I haven't really belonged anywhere in the way I've dreamt of belonging to, you know, living on the street and playing to all the kids on the street, growing up together. I suppose 'Raw Like Sushi' was a place where all of those things could come together. "
" I try not to be superstitious, but, you know, we never put any shoes on the table. That's totally against the law in our house. And I always salute when I see one magpie. "
" I've always looked to other women for inspiration and kicks. When a woman stands up and does her thing, it never ceases to excite and inspire me. "
" I've always worked with my partner, my husband, Cameron, since 'Raw Like Sushi,' and in a way, I feel very free with what I do, but he also has an amazing insight in having intuitions that tend to be right a lot of the time, about where we should go next. "
" I've never been very good at fitting into boxes. "
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