Like virtually every student at what may be the hippest college in the country, she loves the education she’s getting — her coursework, her opportunities to perform, her intense exposure to many facets of the music industry.
What made the event special — and what separates Berklee from the rest of the pack — is that a noted stage performance professor came to perform.
That would be Livingston Taylor.
The wide-ranging, much-loved singer-songwriter has toured with Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull. But there he was, in an Evergreen Avenue living room earlier today, talking easily but lovingly about the power of music, its potential to change lives, and his passion for the school.
“I love physics, inventions, math and the workings of the planet,” Taylor said. But music holds a special place in his heart.
Addressing the parents in the room — some of whom might wonder about the wisdom of a career in music — he added: “Please understand your children are seen by a benevolent and generous universe. The gods will bless their journey.”
He introduced a trio of current students, who blazed through several American roots tunes.
Livingston Taylor joined them for a couple of numbers. He followed with a solo mini-concert of his own. Then he called on Emma, for a “My Fair Lady” duet.
They finished with his brother James’ classic, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
What a wonderful way to prove the power of music. The draw of Berklee.
And the amazing things that happen, right under our noses, right here in Westport.