Sade Adu quotes and sayings
January 16, 1959
Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.
I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity.
When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what.
What could equal the bliss? / The thrill of the first kiss / It'll blow right to you / It's never as good as the first time.
I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
Move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy.
I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
I've made sacrifices. I'm not anti-fashion but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.
I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.
I'm always late.
There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.
I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand.
The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time.
My musical career was an accident.
My father was a very difficult man.
I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.
I don't like looking outrageous.
My daughter and stepson are really broad-minded.
I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person.
I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage.
I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.
When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
London was a really multi-racial city ... It's incredible how comfortable people are with race there.
I've got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time.
People are so used to having their lives filmed, they're not even conscious of having cameras around. I still have that sort of suspicion when a camera comes out. I view it as a thing to fear.
I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.
To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.
Most of my lyrics are little stories about my experiences or those of my friends.
I love writing songs.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?
I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music.
From being at art college, I've always hated people that have the gall to think that they're being incredibly different when they're doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they've seen someone else doing.
All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!
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