“At the moment I’m at roughly the same place I was when I decided to write ‘The Social Network’ — which is to say I don’t know what the movie’s about yet. I know it won’t be a biography as it’s very hard to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biopic. I know that Jobs was a very complicated and dynamic genius who fought a number of dramatic battles. I know that like Edison, Marconi (and Philo Farnsworth), he invented something we love. I think that has a lot to do with our love affair with him. We’re told every day that America’s future is basically in service but our history is in building things — railroads and cars and cities — but Steve Jobs, in building something that’s taking us to our future, has also taken us to one of the best parts of our past. Now all I have to do is turn that into three acts with an intention, obstacle, exposition, inciting action, reversal, climax and denouement and make it funny and emotional and I’ll be in business.”—Aaron Sorkin on the forthcoming film version of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs (via landay)
Since 2002, singer-songwriter Mark DeRose has been building his fan base by gigging relentlessly up and down the Eastern seaboard, recording four albums both as the Ernest Goodlife Band and as Mark DeRose and the Way Home. Their most recent, Carolina Smile, was released in 2011.
A musician and freelance graphic designer, this 2005 alumnus has played at clubs and colleges, opening for higher-education favorites like Blues Traveler, Michelle Branch, and Rusted Root.
DeRose’s song “All My Life” is both catchy and moving, and was penned in memory of his late father Martin, who passed away in 2002.
The songs of performer and educator Laura Vecchione ‘00 have placed in the Top 5 of the AMA chart and Roots Music Report, been quoted by Marvel Comics, and featured on television shows like Saving Grace and The Glades.
Her debut album Deeper Waters was quickly embraced by XM Radio, and her sophomore outing Girl in the Band was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Jim Scott.
In the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, she heard an anecdote about the influence of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” and was inspired to write a song about the history of race relations in America, titled “Tell Them About the Dream.”
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ”—Ray Bradbury, 1920 - 2012
It was a snowy evening in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when 2011 alumna Maya de Vitry first played with guitarist Oliver Craven.
De Vitry, an award-winning songwriter, had just returned from several months of itinerant fiddling in Europe. Craven had recently wrapped up a tour with Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young.
Together, they found the sensitive bass playing of Charles Muench was the perfect anchor for their voices. The trio has just released their first record, Borderland, and is touring constantly through spring of 2013. At noon on June 7, 2012, they will perform in Cambridge’s Kendall Square as part of the Berklee Summer Concert Series.