On September 7, during his Bowl appearance with the Global Gumbo All-Stars and a host of other special guests, Quincy Jones – he of unimpeachable music and cool credentials – delivered a stirring monologue from the stage. Now that our 2011 season is complete, we thought it only fitting that we reprint it here as a thank you and farewell message of hope, understanding and love.
Thanks, Quincy – and thanks again to all those who made the past 90 seasons at the Hollywood Bowl so special.
On This Day…
I will mend a quarrel.
I will search out a forgotten friend.
I will dismiss a suspicion & replace it with a trust.
I will rather say, “I’m sorry I did” than “I wish I had.”
I will write a letter or an e-mail or a text or a tweet to someone who I miss.
I will always approach my creativity with humility and treat my
success with grace.
I will fight against the dumbing down of our culture.
I will encourage a young person who has lost faith and hope…
…And constantly remind him or her to stop stealing music.
I will keep a promise.
I will forget an old grudge.
I will fight for a principle.
I will express my gratitude to God every day.
I will tell someone I love them.
And tell them again, and again, and again.
And again. And again. And again.
My wish is that we will all walk out of here and smell a brand new
flavor of air. Let our minds open up. It’s a brand new day.
There’s a beautiful ancient expression in Egypt that I first heard 50
years ago – Boo-zhou-doc, or in the plural, Boo-zhou-doo-kam. It’s an
ancient expression of respect. Boo-zhou-doo-kam, which
means “…in your presence, the reflection of you on me makes me feel
like a better person. Your light gives me life.”
So I say to you, Boo-zhou-doo-kam.
In closing, I just want you all to remember to:
Observe it. Figure it out. Put it to the soul and science test.
Then, say to yourselves, I can do that. I know I can do that. I’m
going to do that. If you can see it, you can be it. So when it
rains, get wet. And go for it.
You’ve already been blessed many times. May God bless you even more.
I do love you. And I thank you.
–Quincy Jones, SEP 7 – The Hollywood Bowl