Having been through a couple of engineering graduations with my daughter Iona, I was intrigued to see what it would be like attending my son Calum’s graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berklee certainly did not let us down, as is befitting of such an institution, they put on a great show.
This year Berklee was awarding honouring degrees to Rita Moreno, the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento. Friday evening was a concert put on to celebrate all of their contributions to music over the last 70 years or so.
On Saturday we were treated to some great speeches, focused mostly on how much the world needs art and music, particularly in representing people and views which are often marginalized or unheard. Nobody did this better than Rita Moreno. What a woman! I now have a new hero and a goal in life. When I grow up I want to be an 84 year old rapper!