Yet again, I find myself in the wormhole which is YouTube. This time, I started off watching a video of 8 year old Patti Austin singing the jazz standard "Jeepers Creepers." Check out the video below. Even as a kid she was a super talented singer.
Somehow, one Patti Austin video led to another and I found great in studio footage from the 1984 documentary, I Love Quincy. The footage shows Patti Austin and Quincy Jones goofing off while working on the song "It's Gonna Be Special" for the film Two of a Kind.
Two things struck me in particular during the in-studio video. The first thing was how ridiculously silly they were. Everyone in the studio kept joking and joking, one fit of laughter after the next. Everyone seemed comfortable with each other. The second thing was that after they composed themselves, they got right back to work like nothing happened. No one missed a beat. They went back to recording like the pros they are.
The whole video was a reminder to take my work seriously, but not too serious. It's always important to keep it light and to have fun, but it's also important to reel it in and to focus to get the job done.
With that said, back to work I go. I'll keep things in the Patti Austin and Quincy Jones vein, and I'll leave you with a video of their remake of the Chaz Jankel song, "Ai No Corrida." Funky stuff.