Kurt Elling quotes

  • It's fun to be creative and innovative and come up with something crazy. So I need people to work with who are not going to be afraid to take it to the left a bit.

  • There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.

  • The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I've always been a size 14 to 16, I don't care about clothes, I'd rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.

  • It's not easy, though, singing upside down in a headstand on a raised platform with your unfettered breasts hitting you in the chin.

  • Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.

  • I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

  • Short swallow-flights of song, that dip Their wings in tears, and skim away.

  • I would like to be a scholar in whatever I do, a scholar is never finished, he is always seeking and I am always seeking.

  • I was totally into jazz in my teens.

  • I am viewed as the Negro who has gone outside of the categories assigned to me.