November 9, 2016
This morning my social media timeline is overwhelmingly filled with mourning, fear, and sadness. This is indicative of the people I surround myself with (in real life and on the interwebs) not feeling represented by the results of last night’s election, and the ominous feeling that there will be overt hatred against who they are, where they’re from, and what they believe. Indeed, this is an important time in the world.
I submit to the student body of Berklee College of Music that regardless of our individual political beliefs or affiliations, our job as artists and purveyors of music just became much more critical. We have not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to create art that documents where we are in this world and the possibility of where we can be. That responsibility, just like music, transcends race, gender, class, and religion. As much as we find joy in our creations and happiness in composing with our given instruments, we must now find greater purpose.
I have often said that I truly believe music to be the quintessential unifying force among people from extremely varying backgrounds and beliefs. Now is our moment to be facilitators of growth, change, direction, and healing during a time when many are feeling small, lost, and hurt. Berklee, we cannot go back, but we can rise up. I know that you will, and I am with you in that effort. This is not the moment to allow our differences to divide us, but a moment to capitalize upon one crucial commonality.
Dominique Jones, Editor-in-Chief