Jones works on Beijing Games theme

BEIJING: Famed American impresario Quincy Jones has offered to write a theme tune for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having been seduced by China on his first visit. 

The 73-year-old musician, composer, conductor and producer had his offer welcomed by the organisers of the Games, although they said they would continue with their official Olympic song competition. 

“The inspiration of the strong leadership in preparing the 2008 Olympic Games and the theme 'One world, One dream’ has led me to offer everything I can possibly bring ... to this fantastic event,” Jones told a news conference at Beijing’s Olympic Tower yesterday. 

“Everything in the 60 years of my career has led up to this event ... I would be very proud to write and orchestrate the theme to the 2008 Olympic Games. 

“We hope our music will help to bring everybody’s dreams together.” 

Jones said he would not be paid for his contribution, which was originally suggested by action movie star Jackie Chan. 

“I really appreciate what Quincy Jones said about wanting to write the theme tune,” said Jiang Xiaoyu, vice-president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG). “I think his participation will really inspire people from around the world to ... contribute to the 2008 Olympic Games.” 

Xiaoyu confirmed, though, that BOCOG’s public search for Olympic songs would continue until early 2008. – Reuters 

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