There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile: Lessons on the Road from Dreams to Destiny

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As a highly successful musician and producer, Rickey Minor has worked with some of the world's most celebrated performers. He knows firsthand that there are reasons why some people succeed, while others fail despite their talent. As American Idol's music director, Rickey Minor helps contestants reach for ...

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Overview

The ultimate American Idol insider reveals what it takes to achieve your dreams, recalling his journey from South Central to center stage.

As a highly successful musician and producer, Rickey Minor has worked with some of the world's most celebrated performers. He knows firsthand that there are reasons why some people succeed, while others fail despite their talent. As American Idol's music director, Rickey Minor helps contestants reach for their dreams week after week. He's seen it all behind the scenes at the wildly popular show.

In There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile, Minor spins stories from his life in the music business into inspirational gold, imparting the lessons he has learned the hard way, including:

• Always give people more than they were expecting. But remember that you can't please everyone all the time.
• Look for mentors. Minor recounts how Quincy Jones became his.
• Why every action moves you closer or farther away from your aspiration—and how to tell the difference.
• If you can't get what you want, it may be because you're not ready yet. When the time comes, you'll know.

He also provides juicy behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Idol contestants, and the keys to their success. He sees the show as a condensed version of life itself. The setbacks the performers face, and their triumphs, mirror our own. But his bottom line, no matter what your field of endeavor, is this: If you drive hard enough, sooner or later you will be the only one left on the road.

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Minor's motivational wisdom is exactly what you'll find in most books in the genre: accept responsibility for your own choices, he advises; love yourself and "always give people more than they were expecting." And though he does take readers "backstage" in his role as the music director of American Idol, don't expect any major revelations; the scenes he presents are largely generic, with no names named. The book does pick up some interest when Minor looks back at his career leading up to his TV job, starting with the vocal group he started growing up in Watts through gigs with Gladys Knight and other musicians. In one especially memorable passage, he recounts the resistance that other musicians and network reps offered to Whitney Houston's unorthodox arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for a Super Bowl appearance; that her performance would go on to set a new standard, he says, is evidence of the power of staying true to your own convictions. Unfortunately, there are not enough of these powerful moments to overcome the platitudes and make Minor's advice truly stand out from the pack. (Jan.)

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Like a good mentor, Minor is gracious with his advice. He shares his secrets of success, drawn from his experience as a musician and music director for major award shows, the Super Bowl, and American Idol. To achieve celebrity (or other goals), he outlines three main ingredients. First, he emphasizes the need to build inner strength: getting to know and be honest with yourself gives you a center to work from, which will assist in conquering self-doubt, one of the biggest obstacles. Second, Minor explains the value of treating people with respect, honesty, and integrity, and he gives several examples of the power of positive working relationships. Finally, he encourages readers to make the extra effort, splashed with preparation, determination, and perseverance. He invites us to venture forth, armed with these tools and the temerity to accept, initiate, and invite change and risk. Minor shows through his examples that stressful situations can be handled with grace. His encouraging guide to making dreams come true is recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/08.]
—Lani Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592404186
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/26/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Rickey Minor is the music director of American Idol and has served as music director for nearly every major American awards show including the Grammys, the Emmys, and the Super Bowl. He has worked with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Beyoncé Knowles, and many more.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Quincy Jones Jones, Quincy

Introduction

Pt. 1 Getting Started

Pt. 2 Testing the Waters

Pt. 3 On the Way Up

Pt. 4 Making It

Pt. 5 Staying on Top

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