By: Lisa Occhino
Wow, what a semester.
I’ve finally had a little bit of time to sit and reflect on everything, and what hit me the hardest was how fast college seems to be flying by. I’m now over halfway done with Berklee, but it honestly feels like orientation was just last week. It’s sort of an interesting paradox though; as fast everything seems to be happening, it’s hard to believe how much you can achieve and grow as a person in just one year – or even a semester.
I can wholeheartedly say that being a part of The Groove has brought me some of the most rewarding and memorable experiences that I will probably ever have in my entire life – and based on some of my discussions with the rest of the staff, this seems to be a sentiment that’s shared across the board.
In the spring 2012 semester alone, I had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite artists, bands, and songwriters, including: Rachael Yamagata, Jason Reeves, Elizaveta, Andy Grammer, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphys, Band of Skulls, Allen Stone, Sam Sparro, Eric Hutchinson, and Karmin (soon to be published). My staff and I also got to speak with several music industry leaders at the Rethink Music Conference, such as Willard Ahdritz (Founder/CEO, Kobalt Music), Chris Kaskie (President, Pitchfork), and Bill Werde (Editorial Director, Billboard). Staff Writer Julian Weisser covered SXSW and the SF Music Tech Summit, and we’ll both be heading out to the New Music Seminar in NYC this June. Promotional Director Alyssa McCord was the brains behind our new and successful “Artist of the Month” series, in which The Groove features a Berklee artist or band that is doing something truly spectacular with their musical career. She also interviewed two of her favorite artists, Ron Pope and Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely, and worked tirelessly with me to organize our most successful “In The Groove” Songwriting Competition (feature article on our first place winner, Ethan Thompson, coming soon!) and end-of-the-year party to date.
Above all, I never would have thought in a million years that being a part of Berklee’s online school newspaper would directly help me accomplish one of my life goals. I had promised myself that if I did anything in life, I would somehow to talk Sara Bareilles before I die. This woman is hands-down the biggest inspiration for my music, and an artist that I truly respect and look up to.
10 days ago, that dream came to life. Although I could have easily asked her questions for hours on end, I’m tearing up again right now reliving the simple 15 minutes I got on the phone with my idol.
So I guess the moral of the story is: Even though life sometimes feels like it’s going by faster than you can keep up with, the key is really letting all of those special moments sink in, and truly cherishing them. Let yourself be moved even by things that are seemingly small – like grabbing coffee with a friend (old or new), sitting on the docks and taking in the beauty of the Charles River and the cityscape of Boston, or finally taking the first step of starting that thing you kept putting off (go do it right now).
As the famous Ferris Bueller quote goes: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”