Lenny Kravitz Quotes


My mom and dad would take me all over. One night we'd be at the Apollo watching James Brown and then I'd be at the Joffrey Ballet. It was that kind of scene.

When I was a kid and I bought a record I ripped that thing open I wanted to know who was playing what what studio it was cut at who was the string arranger who was the engineer.

My life is perfect because I accept it as it is.

There's certain things in life that I love. One is architecture. And music culture food people. New Orleans has all of that.

I want to do interiors furniture. I want to do architecture although I'm not an architect. Nor am I a trained interior designer.

Let Love Rule

If you ask a hundred people they all give you different answers.

I wasn't the kind of person that liked waiting for autographs or following them I just liked to go to the shows study their records driving many many hours to different states to go to concerts.

My mother's side of the family is from the Bahamas and I spent time there on and off when I was growing up. It's the place where I feel at peace.

If I had to associate myself with one song it would probably be Let Love Rule. It's so simple and to the point. It speaks for itself.

God forbid you sing about love. It's a lost concept.

Things that would shock us years ago are like nothing now.

I was in Paris last year where there's a great appreciation of many different aspects of African culture and of black culture. The music... the art... whatever... And I kind of went with that.

Are things getting better with each generation? Yes. It's quite interesting to be living in these times for me to witness an African-American being elected president. It's quite extraordinary.

You never know where you're going to find a great actor.

I've always been into films. I've been offered lots of films but they've always been these very stereotypical roles. They wanted me to play some gangster or street guy or pimp drug addict.

God is love and if you are ready he always is.

I have a great time with my band and on the stage we get along well.

I'm really happy about American Woman it brought the Guess Who back. They started gigging again and got their song out on commercials.

I feel like my best work is in front of me. I'm in the studio now and I'm having an amazing time making this new album. It's something I can't help.

Working with Gabby [Sidibe] I realized immediately that she was amazingly talented. I could tell just by the way she'd get into the role.

I feel like I'm only in the beginning of my career. I've only made five albums. It's not a lot.

I'm always sort of reflecting on what I do on what I've done. Usually before I make a new album I'll listen to the previous albums just to see where I've been.

I haven't thought about making a music film but if I did that would be a very interesting idea.

Music for me is completely self-indulgent. I write it I play the instruments I arrange it I produce it. It's all about me - as it should be.

At first people thought I was really arrogant and a snob about music because I'm so intense about my production and sound and because they knew I didn't like new music so much.

Love creativity and opportunity is in the air. Take it in and do your thing.

Music definitely inspires my design all the time.

I'm half Jewish I'm half black I look in-between. I dress funny. I play all these different styles of music on one record. It's like What is he doing?

It was amazing to me that all of a sudden I was hearing my music on the radio and coming out of cars.

I come in with this rock 'n' roll-oriented music and it's not black enough . . . I've always had to deal with this black-white thing.

I'm just as white as I am black and I'm just as Russian Jew as I am West Indian.

My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.

I just feel so good; it feels like a very creative time for me. As far as my mind spirit and body I've never felt better.

That's a big gift when people say to you that a song helped them or brought them to some place in their life where they needed to be.

I had no idea 'The Hunger Games' was so big. I didn't even know the book. I had been living under my own rock.

I didn't really listen to rock 'n' roll until I moved to LA. We would ditch school go get high put on Zeppelin IV and just bug out.

People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I'm this cool brooding artist. But I'm just having fun with it.

Eleutheria the fire is burning. Eleutheria the tables are turning.

The fans of 'The Hunger Games ' of the book are very passionate. It's funny: Even at my concerts there are people holding up 'Cinna' signs.

You're never promised your next breath.

I mean there are only so many notes. What makes something original is how you put it together.

One musician listens to another musician and you get inspired and then you do your thing but it's yours.

Keeping grounded and keeping focused and keeping calm and thankful that comes from God.

We weren't put here to be miserable. We were put here to do the best we can and we should take our energy and improve our state of being.

We're getting so pulled in by computers and technology and our kids have their face in the computers all day. The human relationship is being diminished by this.

They think I'm being serious when actually I'm a very big clown. But you have to know me to see that. I'm constantly cracking up and cracking everybody else around me up.

The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial growing up in a big city and being an artist.

There's nothing more that we love than having a close personal open relationship and I believe that's what God wants.

I do my best to try to keep God with me on a personal level. It's my belief that God really wants a personal relationship with us.

Later on in life I was like "Wow!" because that's exactly how it was. They don't care that you're mixed. They see you as one color.

Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised.

For me a watch is a really beautiful instrument. I don't so much care what time it is but I do love watches and I love how they're constructed.

I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me and if somebody is moved by it that's beautiful.

Being free is a state of mind.

(On being asked if he preferred to be a rock god or sex god) I am neither. My favourite role is father.

I've had to work very hard and I don't really have a category or fit into any niche so each time I come out with a new record it's like I'm a new guy.

I started out making furniture because I couldn't find certain things and then I really got into it.

People feel they have to live that stereotypical lifestyle in order to be a rock star. You don't have to shoot heroin and act a certain way to be a rock and roll musician.

Change is growth. For me it has been a very spiritual and musical rebirth.

Fly Away changed my life. There are certain songs that do. When I won the Grammy I was in Paris. I sort of forgot about it.

What motivates it is life. Life is everything. Life influences my music and brings it forth. Life is always changing so I'm always hearing new music.

For the last few years it's been so chic for everybody to be miserable. Like if you're in with the cool crowd you can't be happy.

My mother passed at the end of the Circus tour. After that I really needed to take some time and just chill out and get my head together.

A lot of people pretty much only listen to the chorus.

I don't go to church so much the way my life is but it's in me every day.

I'm looking forward to going out at the concert with a clear head with a clear mind with a clear spirit and experiencing whatever it is. It's great.

My career has been a gradual climb. I think that's part of the reason why I've had longevity.

When you see a close person you know pass in front of your eyes it's hard core. After all that I just wanted to enjoy every day. That was my goal. And to give thanks and to live fully.

I am trying to get closer to God.

One day we're going to watch people fight to the death like Roman times. Instead of being in a coliseum we're going to watch it on TV.

I found it a really refreshing change of pace to suddenly be completely directed. It was a type of collaboration that I don't normally have.

I used to do plays and some television commercials when I was younger. I guess my mom's being an actress got me interested in that but music definitely took its place.

Every night is different you never know what it's going to be like. I remember every night. I don't like to compare them.

I've been compared to hundreds of artists which just goes to show you that I'm not any one thing at all.

I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive you can have. It's a reality.

The idea of having to conform to someone else's ideal is unacceptable. I'm gonna be me. And if I can't be me then I'd rather not do it.

Confusion makes people uncomfortable. They can't put their finger on me.

I wouldn't play together with someone who likes to control everything like me.

I always read the Capitol as fâ??ked up pansexuality everybody is doing everybody. Back to Greek and Roman times! Itâ??s all happening.

I find cooking to be the one thing that relaxes me. I don't get to do it often . . .

I think it'd be a real nightmare to put a record out and sell 20 million copies and then that's it.

I just live my life and try to be present. When I'm present in the moment and something comes I can capture it because it doesn't come from me it's out there.

It's like a dream to come to Spain and stay for a couple of years and get somebody to teach me Spanish music.

If I were white I'd get less criticism.

I don't play the tuba.

Don't take it so seriously.

Race in this country is still the elephant in the room that no one wants to discuss.

Let's look at human interactions. I really believe that there is a way for us to settle disputes nonviolently using our minds using all of that was given to us.

If you listen to a lot of old funk records the drums are really small. But you don't perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy.

I've lived my life dealing with everybody. And that's how it's always been for me.

A lot of my songs deal with spirituality and God and I guess if you're in tune with that you'll read into it.

We've always just gotten up there and played. We don't have any dancers we don't have all that stuff going on we just get up there and play.

I get a lot of joy from playing instruments and I have a different personality on each instrument. I like to let that come out. I get kind of selfish.

It's very important to vote. People died for this right.

Eventually you're going to have a digital transfer anyway when you make a CD so it doesn't matter as long as what you're hitting first is what you want it to be.

A dramatic thing the first time you stand up to your dad.

I'm just looking for interesting roles and giving acting the respect it deserves.

I made the record that my life had me make. Each one is like a diary.

Everything that I make I use.

There's definitely an old school element to my music but I also think it's modern.

Love is the most powerful energy there is.

God said Here. Have it. Enjoy it. I'm gonna be miserable?

There are so many people that don't believe in themselves and don't have faith.

I want to get away I want to fly away. Yeah yeah yeah.

I was always talking about peace and love even when I was a kid. That's how I grew up in my family.

I knew what I wanted to do from the time I was 5.

My first guitar a Fender Jazz Master I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.

I identify more with women than with men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.

I fell in love with Paris the first time I went.

I'm so happy. I am able to see the world just by making music just by doing the thing that I loved doing when I was five years old.

God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play.

After listening to "Machine Gun" I have to take a nap.

If you look at the guys in the '70s like Led Zeppelin they had bigger planes than we do they had more money. But they weren't singing about it.

It's a trip to have a Greatest Hits record. It's a trip.

I'm sure great scripts are hard to find but I'm definitely open and waiting to see what comes my way.

Nine out of ten groups that came out in '89 are gone. I'm still here.

Today people are more into the glitz and the glamour of everything. We don't even read the inside of records anymore.

I never sit down to write or say "Today I have to record something." I wait to hear it and then I go for it.

My mother gave lots of good advice and had a lot to say. As you get older you realize everything she said was true.

God is always in my life and that's the most important thing to me.

I'm not one of those artists who refuses to play their hits. I find that ridiculous. Hits are a blessing.

The most important thing for me is the moment going from one thing to the next and hitting all the different levels and different points that make the whole what it is.

I'm in this for the long haul. I've been making music my whole life.

I knew Slash in high school but not very well. Just knew him as this kid that used to hang out in the hallway. Pretty much looked then the way he does now.

When I hear music itâ??s visual; I see things

I've woken up from dreams and the whole song is there. I'm listening to it in my dreams. I consciously have to wake myself up and get a tape recorder because I hear it like a record.

I don't think about the styles. I write whatever comes out and I use whatever kind of instrumentation works for those songs.

When I'm making my music I'm writing it I'm producing it I'm playing all the instruments I'm performing. It's my own world where I do what I feel and nobody tells me anything.

I am still into the people I listened to growing up so I completely remember what is like to be a fan I haven't changed.

I just live my life and try to be present.

The image is an image.

I bought [John Lennon's] 'Plastic Ono Band ' and I listened to it over and over for months. It's a monumental work of genius...

I don't pull I just receive.

You can't even sing or play an instrument so you just scream instead. You're living for an image so you got five hundred women in your bed.

I'm more hungry now than I was 11 years ago. Which is great because I see a lot of artists that have been out for a long period of time. They get kind of fat.

A lot of people don't listen to the lyrics really.

The loyalty rate isn't that high. I could have a big hit then put out the next single and they say Oh yeah who are you? Prove it again.

Music is my life it is a reflection of what I go through.

Mothers love you to the end and she didn't want to hold me back from my livelihood. So I left for a month and called her every couple of days. I came home and she died 24 hours later.

I couldn't tell you what I am going to do next 'cause I have no idea but I am open to anything.

The image that the public gets is whatever they perceive it to be. Everybody has an opinion everybody has their own vision so I don't know what my public image is. I have no idea.

We should take time out to really love; we should take time out to find out who we are.

I wanted to make something that sounded very pure organic and personal. I wanted to make music that was timeless.

If you heard my records and no one told you I don't think you'd know whether it's a band or one guy.

You can be around 100 people and be completely alone. People don't realize what it's really like.

I never sit down to write. When I'm moved I do it. I just wait for it to come. You just hear it. I can't really describe writing. It's in my head.

I just need to know that I did the very best I could and that I was true to myself.

When I stopped trying to write songs that's when I'm able to begin writing songs. You have to just use your life and the things around you for your inspiration.