Netflix documentary ‘Qunicy’ chronicles the life of the legendary Quincy Jones who came from less than nothing to living an iconic best life. I won’t give an entire synopsis on this must-see film but instead, give you a quick abstract take on what stood out.

 

5) Mommy issues

 Quincy Jones’s mother suffered from mental illness where as a young child he witnessed her being strapped down to a bed and taken away to an institution. His mother’s unpredictable condition not only strained their relationship throughout Quincy’s upbringing but had a hard dark effect on how he dealt with all the other women in his life. Quincy’s inability to develop a consistent bond with his mother left an emptiness throughout his life and career despite its extraordinary accomplishments.

 

4) All great leaders were once great followers

 Quincy Jones resume’ as a student is almost matched by his greatness as a teacher. From starting his career at age 14 as a trumpet player, Quincy was a protégé of musical legends like Count Blasie, Lionel Hampton, and Dinah Washington just to name a few while also being a little brother to Ray Charles. In return, Mr. Jones discovered the mighty Oprah, helped Michael Jackson become the GOAT and changed the future of west Philadelphia rapper Will Smith. It would not be an exaggerated guess to state that 80% of Hollywood and beyond has a lifeline of success connected to Quincy Jones.

 

3) Creatives suck at relationships

In the doc, it is noted that most of Quincy Jones relationships with women failed when seeking the same attention as his work proving that once a creative finds it’s muse, nothing else matters. The only thing more worth wild than finding inspiration to a creative is the joy that comes with expressing it after its discovery which sounds good in a poem but sucks for a wedding vow.

 

2) 30 is not the endgame

Mr. Q was age 49 and when he and Michael Jackson created Thriller which went on to become the greatest selling album of all time, age 52 as a producer for the classic film The Color Purple and even worked in his 80s on the production opening ceremony for the African American Museum in Washington DC. Quincy Jones’s legacy gives a backhand slap to the stereotypical millennial mindset that age places a cap on one’s success.

 

1) Last of a dying breed

Seriously, we are living in an era where our legends appear to be physically leaving us every other day. Whether it’s a famous celebrity iconic figure like an Aretha Franklin or your 80-year-old grandmother, many who are born of the Greatest Generation era like Quincy Jones are coming toward the twilight years of their lives so it is important to find the time to appreciate all the wisdom and experience that they have to offer.