Quincy Delight Jones, Jr is a renowned American record producer, composer, arranger, conductor, musician, film producer, magazine founder and actor. Popularly known as, ‘Q’, Jones left studies midway and decided to go on a music tour with a band as a trumpeter and that is how his professional music career started. The multi-faceted artist holds a record of 79 ‘Grammy Award’ nominations. He has bagged 28 ‘Grammys’ that includes the ‘Grammy Legend Award’ in his career that spans six decades. He has significantly contributed in the pop music and film scores as well. He was named as the conductor and musical director of the ‘Academy Awards’ ceremony in 1971, becoming the first African-American to receive such honor. Jones\' music has been highly successful and topped all charts. He worked with Michael Jackson on his albums like ‘Thriller’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Off The Wall’. One of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, Jones has shared pearls of wisdom on subjects closed to his heart through his songs, music, work and life. Here is a compilation of quotes and thoughts by Quincy Jones that are sure to make your heart sing.
Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.
I lost my mother when I was 7 and they put her in a mental hospital. My brother and I watched her being taken away in a strait jacket. That's something you never forget. And my stepmother was like in the movie 'Precious.' I couldn't handle it. So I said to myself, 'I don't have a mother. I don't need one. I'm going to let music be my mother.'
I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it's not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.
I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will look at Miles, Bird, Clifford Brown, Ella and Dizzy, among elders as our Mozarts, our Chopins, our Bachs and Beethovens.
To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.
I've never been bored in my life, man. I've never been bored or lonely. Are you kidding? No way! I'm an orchestrator, a musician, a producer. I love everything. I've studied languages from Farsi to Greek to French, Swedish, Russian... How can you get bored?
Melody is king, and don't you ever forget it. Lyrics appear to be out front, but they're not; they're just an accompanying factor. If they're good, you're really in good shape. Lyrics are written to be rewritten.