You can read the full commencement speech below, via Berklee College of Music: Thank you. [faking British customs officer voice] "Non-musician? But I quickly found that what was written as "be doo boo doobie doop ba doo bip ..." That's a George Redman composition, West Coast band, 60s you wouldn't know about it."Be doobiee doobie doop a doop bip," when I started playing it, came out as "bdzzzz dzzzzz zzzz." So it seemed that authenticity and the natural form of expression wasn't going to be my forte.
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Rock legend David Bowie died Monday at age 69, leaving behind a decades-long career influencing music, film, and fashion.
In 1999, Bowie received an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and gave a speech at the graduation ceremony. Oh, I should remind you that anybody left over from the proceedings today can join my wife and I at [local pizza place] Little Stevie's for a slice. I've got a message here for the administration from my sometimes-collaborator and fellow musician Reeves Gabrels, ex-alumni.
The whole speech is great, with Bowie touching on everything from his friendship with John Lennon to his discovery of "the The highlight, though, may be when Bowie explains what he loves most about making music. It says here, "I haven't forgotten that $900 I owe from my last semester.
He tells graduates that he realized that "authenticity" was never going to be his strength, but he preferred thinking of music as a game of "what if? I chatted with some of the students last night and I asked one of them if he could give me a good joke to start today off with and also his worst fear. I should point out that this has been owed since the spring of 1980.
What happens if you transplant the French chanson with the Philly sound?
Will Schoenberg lie comfortably with Little Richard? Well, no, but some of the ideas did work out very well.
So, I learned enough saxophone and guitar and what's euphemistically called "composer's piano" to get my ideas over to proper musicians, as we have here today. Well, backstage one night I was desperate to use the bathroom. There you go." I said, "My good man, I'm not taking a piss in the sink." He said, "Listen son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you." From which I learned that mixing elements of bad taste with good would often produce the most interesting results.
": In fact, what I found that I was good at doing, and what I really enjoyed the most, was the game of "what if? I think both Wayne and myself were just so moved to hear our compositions coming back at us through your ears and abilities. I read recently in Allegro that they are holding an unclaimed check for me backdating from my days with Tin Machine." Well, that should wipe out about -worth right there.
" What if you combined Brecht-Weill musical drama with rhythm and blues? As always on occasions like this, I really never know what to do—which is pretty much the way that I've handled my career as a musician/writer.
What happens if you transplant the French chanson with the Philly sound? I guess any list of advice I have to offer to a musician always ends with "If it itches, go and see a doctor." Real world! My sometimes-collaborator Brian Eno described himself as a non-musician. I'm a bloody non-musician." Anyway I'd describe myself, I think, as a bit of a non-musician.
Will Schoenberg lie comfortably with Little Richard? Well, no, but some of the ideas did work out very well. In fact he tried to get it put into his passport as his work definition. I took classes, initially, after seeing the Little Richard band in a film with, at that time Britain's foremost baritone jazz player Ronnie Ross. I found his number in the phone book and he very kindly took me on.