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12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

by Quincy Jones, The Weeknd
12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

by Quincy Jones, The Weeknd


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A collection of thoughts about creativity and life from the iconic Quincy Jones? We're all ears!

Wisdom and musings on creativity and life from one of the world’s most beloved musicians, producers, and mentors, Quincy Jones

12 Notes is a self-development guide that will affirm that creativity is a calling that can and should be answered, no matter your age or experience. Drawing from his own life, and those of his many creative collaborators past and present, Quincy Jones presents readers with lessons that are hardworking and accessible, yet speak to the passion of self-expression. He includes sections as deep as how to transform grief into power, and as practical as how to set goals and articulate intentions through daily affirmations. Weaving his story throughout, Jones lets readers in on his own creative process, as well as the importance of letting honesty, hard work, and good relationships drive your career.

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ISBN-13: 9781647002084
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 111,941
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential Jazz artists of the 20th century, Quincy Jones is an impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. For over seven decades Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Among the multitude of awards that he has received for his contributions are an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and 28 Grammy Awards with a total of 80 nominations. He is the recipient of the Republic of France’s Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2001 he was inducted as a “Kennedy Center Honoree,” the United States’ most prestigious cultural award, for his lifetime contributions to the culture of the country. He was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master--the nation’s highest jazz honor, and in 2010 was bestowed the National Medal of Arts, our nation’s highest artistic honor.  In 2016, Jones received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for the Broadway production of The Color Purple. The award completed the rare EGOT set for Jones, an exclusive club of artists who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction ix



A Recycle Your Pain into Purpose 1


A# If You Can See It You Can Be It 15


B You Gotta Go to Know 29


C Establish Your Guideposts 43


C# Always Be Prepared for a Great Opportunity 59


D Sharpen Your Left Brain 71


D# Avoid Paralysis from Analysis 87


E The Power of Being Underestimated 103


F Do What's Never Been Done Before 117


F# Understand the Value of Relationships 131


G Share What You Know 145


G# Recognize the Value of Life 161

Acknowledgments 179

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