Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican Musician ( April 1, 1948 - )

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It was one of my dreams as a child, growing up in my little village with my cousins. We used to walk together, and I used to say, when you look at the world map, 'This town is there, that town is there, that river is there.' I used to say, 'One day, I'm going to travel these places.'~Jimmy Cliff

Travel Dreams Day

If you go out to Hollywood you'll find a lot of fantastic plastic people there in the business and a lot of people in life generally. They find it so hard to be themselves that they have to be plastic.~Jimmy Cliff

Life Business People

I grew up twelve miles outside of Montego Bay. In my early teens, I went to Kingston. It was like a different planet for me. In the country, people are kind. In the city, people are hard an' cold, like the concrete and steel.~Jimmy Cliff

People Me City

I used to do a little acting in school. It was my first love, and I really thought I would be doing it as a career. I really wanted to complete that part of my ambition.~Jimmy Cliff

Love School Ambition

People in the Hall of Fame tend to clap their hands and say, 'OK, I've done it all,' but for me, it was a new beginning.~Jimmy Cliff

Beginning People Me

The first thing I wanted to be was an actor, even before I wanted to be a singer, before I discovered I could sing.~Jimmy Cliff

Actor Singer Sing

I visit studios. Just to get the feel, the smell, and see what other people are doing. Not only listening to the radio, but going to studios, greeting musicians and artists, just getting a vibe.~Jimmy Cliff

People Musicians Listening

The music that I represent and helped to create and establish was born in Jamaica.~Jimmy Cliff

Music Born Create

I have not become the artist I believe I am. I want to become a stadium act. I'm not done at all.~Jimmy Cliff

I Am Artist Believe

I'm the kind of person who likes to hang out and observe what's going on in the streets, or in certain places. I used to do that a lot. But having to become an international superstar, I can't do that comfortably! But it's all positive, you know.~Jimmy Cliff

Positive You Know

Christian values were important at home. Cleanliness. Don't steal. Don't lie. Those were the rules, and they were strictly enforced. Especially the stealing and lying. When you broke the rules, you got a beating. I always broke the rules a lot.~Jimmy Cliff

Home Lie Values

My most important relationships were with my father and grandmother.~Jimmy Cliff

Father Grandmother

In hindsight, I see the great value of family and how it moulded my life and kept me together. So now family means everything to me.~Jimmy Cliff

Life Family Great

I have a career, which is important, but my family is the priority. First family, and then career. It's a delicate balance.~Jimmy Cliff

Family Balance Important

It's important for me to go back into the ghetto, where I'm from. I still get my oxygen from there. I don't live in the ghetto anymore, but every time I go back, I'm still seeing the same things that I lived.~Jimmy Cliff

Time Me Important

When I lived in the U.K., I recorded a lot of ska and rock-steady styles of Jamaican music. But people there weren't accepting it. So I began using a faster reggae beat.~Jimmy Cliff

Music People Beat

If I could change one thing about myself... I would try to control my generosity.~Jimmy Cliff

Change Myself Generosity

I regret I didn't ever learn how to fly a plane. I had the opportunity when I started to make some money, and I regret I didn't really take the time out and put the effort in and do that.~Jimmy Cliff

Time Money Opportunity

Basically, I'm motivated to write about sociopolitical issues as well as relationships. I think those themes have stayed with me throughout my life.~Jimmy Cliff

Life My Life Me

I wanted to travel the world - I don't how that idea got in my head, but I really wanted to see the world... towns, cities, countries, I wanted to see them all.~Jimmy Cliff

Travel World Head

People might say, 'Jimmy Cliff, you've done a lot, achieved a lot. What more can you want?'~Jimmy Cliff

People Want You

With acting, you have to become someone else. That's the fun part of it for me - to step outside of yourself and become a character. I guess being Jimmy Cliff is a little bit of a character, too.~Jimmy Cliff

Character Fun Yourself

Someone like Katy Perry - I like her writing because I listen to music as a songwriter. I like a lot of her songs - like, 'Firework' is a song that I think I could write.~Jimmy Cliff

Music Writing Song

I've abused myself a lot over the years. But my voice is still intact - really, it's better.~Jimmy Cliff

Myself Better Voice

There are goals that I had set out for myself as an artist. I have accomplished some of them - becoming accepted all over the world - however, other parts of my goals have not been completed.~Jimmy Cliff

Myself Goals World

I grew up in the church and had always questioned what they were telling me.~Jimmy Cliff

Me Church Up