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Music Legend Clive Davis Talks About How He’s Living Now During Quarantine

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By Jimmy Ha

Clive Davis spoke with Hollywood Reporter and talked about how he has been quarantined in his home in Palm Springs, where he’s passing time with three friends.

“I’m well, though I'm obviously very concerned like everybody else and trying to follow all the guidelines from the doctors, scientists and medical experts.”

Davis went on to mention what his normal day looks like. He said, “Now, I get up between 8 and 8:30 a.m. because I'm up late. I’m more of a night owl, going to bed at about 1:30 a.m. I’m really working like I do in my typical life, always, but I would normally get up anywhere from 7:15 to quarter of 8 a.m., sleeping about five and a half or six hours. The first thing I do is read The New York Times, my same routine as it would be at home in New York. Then, based on timing on the East Coast, I try to check in daily with my family, just to review the previous day to know all is well. During the week, I certainly stay on a work schedule.”

Clive Davis Is Still Educating Himself

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Davis went on to mention that education is still a high priority in his life and he’s been making sure to do his part teaching and continuing to learn himself.

Education has always been my priority in life and continues to be with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU,” the music mogul said, “I’m using this period of quarantine to educate myself and study new music, either by listening to the newest singles that make the charts or by watching hit music videos. First to be aware of them and then to keep my ears as current as they can be. If you can be in it, as I am as chief creative officer at Sony Music, you always want to be prepared and educated.”

Clive Davis' Birthday Plans

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He then talked about his upcoming birthday plans:

Davis said, “It’s a difficult time to celebrate a birthday. If I were home, I certainly would’ve been together with family and close friends. Everyone is postponing, we’re all quarantined, following all the guidelines. So, we’ll celebrate when we can look forward to a more normal schedule.”

He went on to address whether or not he’s concerned at his age about the coronavirus:

“I don’t think about age, not that I want to be cavalier about it and think that I’m younger. I’m very fortunate to be my age — my parents died very young because high blood pressure was rampant and not curable. Mentally, I try to stay the age of the person I’m with at that time. And I’m healthy enough to still be very active. I’m not doing anything totally different than I would if I were in my 50s or 60. Mentally, I’m there, so I operate without being cognizant of my chronological age.”

Clive Davis on Quarantined Life

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He went on to talk about how he’s been dealing with adjusting to the quarantined life: “The easiest adjustment has been to catch up with everything,” he said, “For example, to see the great documentaries that I missed, whether it was Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana or my dear friend Quincy Jones’ documentary or the classic The Kid Stays in the Picture about Robert Evans. Or revisiting those that I love that I want to study more like the Roosevelt miniseries, learning more about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. I’m grateful for the time to educate myself some more or have the luxury of going back to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

He went on to say, “The most difficult is being quarantined and away from family. I have four children and eight grandchildren. We try to do dinner every Sunday night, so that has been difficult. And I’m a foodie. When I’m in New York, I go out to dinner every night. I do have a great chef here, so it’s not that I’m not eating well, I just miss being out because I love people. I love the interaction and the excitement of New York. I miss people. I miss the connection to family and close friends and, of course, to life itself, and live music events and the theater. It’s always been a part of my life.”

Clive Davis' Plans After Coronavirus Pandemic Settles

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He also mentioned what he plans to do when the coronavirus pandemic is over:

“The first thing on my agenda is to physically be with my family. We were all going to Miami on April 8 — kids, grandkids, a close relative — there were 17 of us joining together. I try to do that as a family at least two, usually three times a year. I’m really looking forward to reuniting with them and spending anywhere from five days or more together where we can reunite and compare notes,” he said.

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