I don't know what to say. I didn't know that there would be a podium with a microphone. I thought I would just be singing songs. Not to down play that, but … Oh my goodness, what an honor. I amjust so humbled and excited to be here looking out at all of you. Being back here on campus is … I feel so proud to have studied here. And … that's 16 years ago, but … I used to come to Symphony Hall every weekend and get those rush tickets, the student packs, and watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform asoften as possible, often by myself.
And it was one of the highlights of my time here at Berklee, so being here on stage is really unreal. Walking around on campus today was a testament to how far Berklee's come in the last 16 years. It is beautiful, the campus, the facilities. I was walking by the MP&E, the studios, the equipment, the fitness center. We didn't have any of these stuffs.So I guess you guys have been doing a pretty good job. So thank you, and congratulations to that. What a time for the East and West in music, in popculture.
All of you, music lovers, future musicians, future professional musicians on the stage, and like what Roger just said, it's so important for us to be ambassadors, to be that bridge, to be ambassadors of peace, and breaking down the walls, bringing people together. Last night … this is an issue that's so close in my heart, because last night in Los Angeles, my dear friend Jackie Chan was the first person … first Chinese actor ever to win an Oscar, last night! I just want to thank all of you for being here, that's why we make music, is to connect with people.
I've never written a song without loving it myself. So for all of you musicians, always follow your heart and always do what you love. I've definitely … you know … never convince yourself that what other people are telling you to do is right if you don't feel like it's right in your heart. As a musician, it just doesn't work. So work like a bull, I guess … and always have fun. And all the accolades don't mean anything without your friends and your family to share with. So Thank You to them as well for being here together, and always.
convince [kən'vins] vt. 使确信，使信服，说服
Issue ['iʃju:] n. 发行物，期刊号，争论点
Professional [prə'feʃənl] adj. 职业的，专业的，专门的 n. 专业人
Downplay ['daun.plei] vt. 不予重视，对 ... 低估
Microphone ['maikrəfəun] n. 麦克风，扩音器
Perform [pə'fɔ:m] v. 执行，运转，举行，表演
Fitness ['fitnis] n. 适合度（生物学术语） n. 健康
Symphony ['simfəni] n. 交响乐
Podium ['pəudiəm] n. 讲台，矮墙，腰墙，突出的座席 n. [生]管足
Orchestra ['ɔ:kistrə] n. 管弦乐队