1. This is from 2015 but it’s great: “Works in Progress,” aka eleven female artists in their 80s and 90s who are just now receiving popular acclaim. Make something every day, even when you’re 99!
2. Quincy Jones in Conversation is full of gossip and swearing and crazy-old-man-ness but you just can’t stop reading–and he knows his music. I love his opinions on formal training:
Musical principles exist, man. Musicians today can’t go all the way with the music because they haven’t done their homework with the left brain. Music is emotion and science. You don’t have to practice emotion because that comes naturally. Technique is different. If you can’t get your finger between three and four and seven and eight on a piano, you can’t play. You can only get so far without technique. People limit themselves musically, man. Do these musicians know tango? Macumba? Yoruba music? Samba? Bossa nova? Salsa? Cha-cha?