Što sam naučila od Quincyja Jonesa

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Naslovna fotografija: mural Quincyja Jonesa u Chicagu, Andres Iglesias aka Cobre (fotografirao Terence Faircloth / Flickr)

Najzanimljivije rečenice koje je Quincy Jones izgovorio u svom biografskom dokumentarcu koje mnogima mogu biti nit vodilja.

Glazbenik, skladatelj, aranžer, dirigent; glazbeni, filmski i televizijski producent; aktivist, mecena – Quincy Jones je sve to i još mnogo više. Fascinantna je javna ličnost koja sa svojih 88 godina još uvijek povlači strune utjecajnice američke i svjetske glazbene industrije. Njegova biografija je toliko bogata da se običan čovjek vrlo razumljivo može zapitati kako je i kada gospon’ Jones sve to stigao napraviti.

Kada sam sjela kako bih pogledala dokumentarni film Quincy iz 2018. godine, pretpostavila sam da ću doznati mnogo. No, nisam znala da ću niti minutu nakon uvodne špice već ustati i otići po olovku i bilježnicu i tako film koji traje dva sata gledala preko tri. I onda pogledala ponovno.

S vama dijelim najzanimljivije pouke iz filma, u nadi da će vas inspirirati te potaknuti da i sami pogledate film i naučite još i više od jednog od najvećih, kao i od onih koje je smatrao svojim učiteljima.

(Kako ne bih nehotice prijevodom promijenila značenje, odlučila sam citate napisati na engleskom.)


To know where you come from, makes it easier for you to get where you’re going.

Your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being.

I went back inside, deep into myself, to reassess my essence as a human being. Cause I don’t want to recreate any of the olf patterns again.

The first thing is to be humble with your creativity and graceful with your success.

You can’t live without water or music.

Between Ray Charles and Sinatra, I learned how to live.

Well, nobody’s up that late anyway, so I always wrote at night… The muses come out then, you know? Everybody used to say: ‘Keep your score paper and pen right near you, cause if you’re not up, God will take it down the street to Mancini’

In order for music to grow, the critics must stop categorizing and let the musicians get involved in all different facets of music. We will die if we get stuck in one area of music.

Ego is just overdressed insecurity.

I think you have to dream so big that you can’t get an ego, cause you’ll never fulfill all those dreams.

Learn to deal with the valleys, Quincy. The hills will take care of themselves. – Count Basie

Quincy, there are only 12 notes. There really are only 12 notes and you should really investigate what everybody did with those 12 notes. – Nadia Boulanger

Once a task has just begun
Never leave it till it’s done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.

–  Quincy Jones Sr.

When composers get started on a film, I think they spend the roughest parts of it scraping away the bullshit, you know, in their life. They have to really scrape away so there’s nothing left but truth. Because I don’t think you can write, can’t create anything without feeling right with the truth.

You make a desperate escape to get down into the subconscious, which I really think all the goodies come from.

Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me.

My feeling is always leave at least 20 or 30 percent of room for the Lord to walk through the room. Because, you know, then you’re leaving room for the magic and records are about capturing magic, real magic moments, you know, at that time, and capturing them on tape. I think that’s what communicates, is the magic of the moment. And love is the other word, too. When the love i sin the studio, because that contributes more to magic in the studio than anything else.