6Quincy. This recently released Netflix documentary was co-directed by the musical legend’s daughter, Rashida Jones. Watching the story of Quincy Jones’ career unfold is like getting a lesson in pop music history. The volume, the variety of work that he accomplished, the ‘other’ legends he performed with through his seventy-year journey is extraordinary. There were also intimate moments that I think only a daughter could capture, which gave you a real insight into this man’s off-stage life. I saw a screening at Dolby Laboratories in Burbank under the most perfect of conditions. The image resolution and color were a visual treat, especially for a documentary with a lot of archival and home-shot video. If you love Quincy’s music, then watch this film. My one caveat is that it is too long, two-hours, four minutes. I would not have missed twenty to thirty minutes of its footage.
712 Important Storytelling Lessons That Came from Unexpected Places. From a high school orchestra to an equestrian workshop, you never know where your greatest lessons will be learned. I especially like number five, “Keep Your Ego in Check,” and number eleven, “Get Back Up and Keep Trying.”
8There Is No Fall TV Season Anymore. “Technically, a new fall TV season [began] Monday, September 24, but in an age with streaming services, we have an endless timeline of content.” TV times, they are a changin’, and have been for a while. I cannot remember the last time I looked forward to the new fall line-up. Then again, I no longer own a television set either. I stream or watch the screeners that are sent out around award voting time. Binge watching has replaced appointment television. Event television is becoming more the norm than conventional television. The good news in all this is that the quality of storytelling is going up. Thank you HBO, Nat Geo, Netflix, and Amazon. While I do not look forward to season premieres as I once did, I do look forward to original, innovative programming, like the Nat Geo TV’s Genius, Netflix’s The Crown. At any rate, I am featuring this article for those who wonder what happened to fall premieres.
“I love people who make me laugh.
I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh.
It cures a multitude of ills.
It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
~ Audrey Hepburn