Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet

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What establishes value is something that is going to move humanity forward. If humanity is not in the equation, it's like the planet without any human beings on it.

Wisdom corresponds to the future; it is philosophy.

If people are pleased that there is a popular acceptance of anything that came from me, I'm thrilled, you know, and flattered.

It might have been somewhat derivative otherwise, and I'm not the kind of person who's satisfied with being derivative.

Jazz is about being in the moment.

Oh yeah, the funny thing is that all my pictures in the past were all smiley pictures, and it's only been in recent pictures where I've had some where I don't smile.

So the ideas is not to shut out jazz - but it is very inclusive, which is great - because jazz is also an inclusive music.

The one thing that we should stick to is to figure out how to become better human beings, but in order to do that we have to go to the second level which is to work on defining the palette of what a better human being is made of, and creativity is one of them.

Things that happen to you are events. It's what you do with them that determine whether they're going to be problems or solutions.

What I always wonder is, why is it that whenever I make a record they think that whatever that thing is on that record, that's the only thing I do?

Wisdom is on a higher plane, and as human beings, it's part of our 'being-ness' to have the capacity to manifest wisdom through creativity.

I'm a human being all the time, even when I sleep. But I'm not a musician when I sleep, and I'm not a musician when I eat, unless I'm paying attention to music or talking about music.

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

Life is not about finding your limitations; it's about finding your infinity.

On a human level, the garbage man is just as important as the teacher or a rock star or a president, because you have to have them. The world would have been dead a long time ago without garbage men.

So to answer your question more directly, I think it's very important, in order not to have a boring life, to continue to have a sense of exploration, and the courage to take risks, in order to utilize and expand your sense of creativity.

The other reason is the concept of attitude. I didn't want to appear angry, but it's okay to appear serious or to not smile.

This was put together not just as a series of notes and chords. If I depended on what anyone else thinks, I never would have stretched and discovered the various dimensions of myself.

'What's music supposed to be about anyway? Is it a means for a musician to masturbate, or is it for people to listen to?

Wisdom is the key to understanding the age, creating the time.

I want to have a purpose.

I'm aiming that towards people, towards humanity, not even just musicians. Because this is about life, not about musicians.

It was interesting putting this record together, because I was putting it together with musicians who claim that I was a big influence on the music they're making now.

Like no matter what happens, this would be the ultimate, they can make something positive happen.

One of the greatest attributes of jazz, I think, is that it is that open.

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American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet