Steve Jobs Has Died.

It takes an amazing man to make a million strangers mourn…

What a very sad day.

Steve Jobs“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

— Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005


And then Radiohead

A tribute to the connection between music & memory

Last night we decided to turn on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.  While finding the show mostly unwatchable for many years, with the exception of digital shorts, I had heard that both Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin were on and I love Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin.   Radiohead was the musical guest, and as they started playing I hadn’t realized how much enjoyment they would bring me.

That realization came as I heard Thom Yorke’s voice and suddenly was transported back to wintertime in high school, doing paintings on ceiling tiles, taking classes at the Art Institute, wearing giant vintage coats, tall shoes, and shredded tights, loving Audrey Hepburn, and reading Chuck Palahniuk.

What power music can have to bring back the abandoned memories of things no longer thought about.  I’ll definitely be listening to a lot more Radiohead from this point forward.  I feel guilty for having forgotten.