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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Book Review)

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Herbie Hancock once said in an interview “…in order for something to have value it has to in some ways work towards serving humanity, otherwise it’s self-serving and shallow and disruptive.”


Herbie Hancock put pen to paper and wrote the only dictionary that could ever define him… his book…his memoir…that we know today as... “Herbie Hancock Possibilities” and it made its debut on October 23, 2014.


Oscar Winner (for musical score for the movie Round Midnight ), 14 time~ Grammy Award Winner, Musician, Composer, UNESCO Ambassador, Buddhist, Professor, Friend, Son, Brother, Husband and Father….used his memoir and turned poison into medicine by revealing his previous drug addiction.


Herbie Hancock not only opened his life… but his heart… and invited us… not to be spectators… but his companions as he shared his trials and tribulations throughout life.

Herbie Hancock shared his philosophy of life and religion… Nichiren Buddhism,  welcomed us into his childhood as he discussed his family, and welcomed us into his adult life as he shared the joys of his successful marriage and being a father.


As a fellow Nichiren Buddhist, I felt like I was sitting down reminiscing with an old friend. The accompanied series of glossy black and white photographs in the middle of the memoir reminded me of the pocket photo albums my paternal grandma use to walk around with.

The photographs themselves are a captivating picturesque memoir that can stand on its own…moments forever frozen in time…telling a story of love, devotion, and happiness. Each photograph gave us a glimpse of not only the life of Herbie Hancock… but the life of the people Herbie Hancock holds so dear to him.


If I had to use one word to describe this memoir it would be…Phenomenal!

And absolutely…Inspirational!

Okay…so that’s two words…but the memoir… it’s... fantastic!


Herbie Hancock’s music has transcended the hands of time across many musical genres…leaving a spark of light…his personal signature…letting you know that Herbie Hancock was here…and is…still here.


He is living proof that you can surmount any obstacle with strength, faith, determination…

And love of yourself… And love of your family.


Herbie Hancock is truly an epitome of what the philosophy of what Nichiren Buddhism stands for…Making the impossible….Possible.

Opening your mind…And your heart …To…


I highly recommend this memoir  to every book lover, music lover, and to every Nichiren Buddhist.

~xoxo Sincerely Yours, Nerisa :)

P.S. I love the memoir so guessed it...I did a book trailer...take a look below.

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It takes courage to become happy -- courage to remain true to one's convictions, courage not to be defeated by one's weaknesses and negativity, courage to take swift action to help those who are suffering."

 -- Daisaku Ikeda






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