Quincy Jones has a key piece of advice for students: Don’t sell yourself short.
“The strongest things you’ve got are your passion and commitment. You throw those away, you have nothing,” the legendary composer, producer, arranger and musician told students at SMU Oct. 7. He was on campus to speak in the 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.
Jones answered student questions about his experiences working with icons ranging from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He also spoke about his own commitment to learning through travel and the importance of science knowledge to disciplines as diverse as music and sports.
“Music is amazing because it’s the only thing that affects the left and right brain simultaneously – the intellect and the emotions,” he said. “You have to build your science to back up everything you do.”