‘Quincy’: 10 Things We Learned From Netflix’s Quincy Jones Doc – Rolling Stone

“You can’t live without water or music. You can’t live without it.” (Quincy Jones)

Quincy Jones leaning on the back support of a chair
New Netflix doc ‘Quincy’ explores musical accomplishments and wild life of Quincy Jones (© Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Source: ‘Quincy’: 10 Things We Learned From Netflix’s Quincy Jones Doc – Rolling Stone

There’s a number of movies that have had a lasting effect on me. The Legend of Bagger Vance – has Will Smith taken an Academy Award home for this one? If not, he definitely should have in my book…- is on that list as well as Reign Over Me, The Green Mile, The Shipping News, K-Pax, Powder, Peaceful Warrior, The Horse Whisperer, Havana – to name just a few. I later found that there is a common theme connecting them: They’re stories of profound transformation of one of the main characters, usually after substantial loss and/or trauma, even loss of identity (which is one of the side effects and outcomes of traumatic life experiences b.t.w. – telling from personal experience and lots of research into the subject). In a broader context, you might think of each of above mentioned stories of the archetypical hero’s journey in that the latter usually involves some deep transformation as well. As I’ve embarked on my own quest of coming to terms with my past throughout the past decade, in retrospect it’s not a big surprise that above movies and stories spoke to me on the most profound level and highly significant/personal ways.

And now someone from the realm of my musical contacts referred me to this biopic piece on ‘The Dude‘, the musical, political, cultural giant that is Quincy Jones, a man who shaped and redefined contemporary music like none other before him – but didn’t stop there. Without being a spoilsport, I don’t think it as exaggerating to say that ‘Q’ wrote history – on every level of his many talents, be they as an artist, composer, producer, mentor, cultural icon and influencer… the list goes on.

I think what stands out to me – and in general from watching the film – is his unbelievable, probably unparalleled work ethic and incredible productivity: The man is his work in all most of his waking time – and radiating love and grace while he’s at it. That is the other aspect that stands out to me: How kindly, almost affectionately he treats collaborators, fellow artists or actually just about everyone he crosses paths with. The man radiates love, true, genuine love for his fellow man. I’m afraid, I’m giving away too much already, forgive me for that. But let’s just say for now that this movie brought to life by his daughter Rashida Jones enters my list of all time favorites at the very top section of above list. Highly recommended, not only to avid music lovers, but just about anyone looking for direction, guidance or simply a figure they can relate to in terms of what to make of their life.

Greg Phillinganes: Electric Piano Hits!

Can’t get any better than this! (Greg Phillinganes, musical director for Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Toto several times – to name just the tip of the iceberg.) Total ❤️ https://youtu.be/svX6WRWBP8o!

Toto’s “Africa” Is Playing on a Never-Ending Loop in the Middle of an African Desert – Condé Nast Traveler

toto africa plays in an infinite loop in the Namib Desert
Six speakers and solar energy might make Max Siedentopf’s art installation, “Toto Forever,” go on forever. Image credit: Max Siedentopf. (image under fair use useage)

Source: Toto’s “Africa” Is Playing on a Never-Ending Loop in the Middle of an African Desert – Condé Nast Traveler

Is this cool or what?! Love this project! Toto’s Africa duly paid hommage! Go Max Siedentopf, go Toto!

Rick Beato: Why Postmodernism In Music Is Bad (Sucks) – YouTube

Rick Beato’s above linked YouTube channel was kindly brought to my attention by Dietmar Liehr, a prolific Jazz guitarist, bassist, occasional drummer, session host, sideman and entrepreneurial man of many hats – as in: roles. While Beato sounds a bit too dogmatic to my ears sometimes, I think he has some excellent points with this podcast episode, where he talks about modern composers/film music composers and their “bag of tricks” to create suspense or other movements in music, thus (emotionally) taking the listener to where the film director will want them to be.

“Opus Infernale”, 2016 assignment for a video editing publication

As I’ve dabbled in this musical realm as well, I find this to be an incredibly enlightening, educating, informative episode densely packed with music theory knowledge from Beato’s music experience of many years. I think, he really understands blending theory with a hands-on approach and making the most of any scale, chord progression etc.

The video runs for some 17 minutes, which I think will be time wisely spent, if you’re of the curious, ambitious ilk.

Jacob Collier @ TED, Vancouver, BC

Watching him is almost a sacred meditation thing to me, a form of mass or service. I think, one can feel the Creator behind and in everything he does (when being open to the general idea of a Creator to begin with). In any case: Inspiration on steroids in my book: