You all messed up giving me this.
I thought I had a big head before.
I wrote some things down.
I want it to say this is surreal.
That was a crazy list of awards, but they, really, seriously pale in comparison to this
Berklee, thank you so much.
You all messed up.
Can you tell me nothing now?
I'm a doctor.
I was saying earlier, saying earlier.
I don't do surgeries, but probably work out some prescriptions.
Holler at me.
You all think I'm playing.
Roger, thank you so much for, for that wonderful presentation.
I got to say to the students last night was fantastic.
You guys and Gals, I mean, vocals some you all went to church on a Friday.
It wasn't even fair, like, and everything, the performance was just the band, the band,
everybody, the production.
It was, I was really blown away.
I may steal a couple of those ideas I saw.
So I, I did a Q&A yesterday with about a thousand of you of, of, of the students.
And it was really wonderful.
And I talked about there was a lot of things that were, the rock that was, I wish I would
have thought of that.
It's sort of embodied.
I was just saying to Missy, I was like, wow, she, she, she said everything and I was going
to get up and say But I, I want to say that when I was young,
I felt like a Weirdo.
I felt like I didn't belong.
And I look around this room, and I feel like I found all the rest of the Weirdos.
We're all here.
You know what I mean?
I only took me 38 years, but no, I just always felt different.
And you know, I just, I'm sure you guys and gals feel that way, but I think it's important
to know that you are different because you make the difference.
That's, that's what you're here to do.
And it takes a little time to learn that.
And I know that I would not have learned that about myself if it wasn't for music.
And, and you know, music was the place where I could go and forget all of those things.
I could lose myself and then feel like I could, really find myself.
And I got a; it's such a trip to me to be sitting on this panel with you, missy when
I was 16.
And my best friend is here in the audience.
He can tell you annoyingly how many times I played super duper fly over and over and
over and over.
But I always said to my friends, I said, this is the future of music.
I'd never heard anything like it.
And I just, it, it's such an honor to be sitting next to you on this path such a trip that
I heard your music when I was 16 years old and said, gimme I must have.
And the fact that we both work with the same producer now; throughout the years.
It's, so put it out in the world.
You can do it.
There's, there's, there's no dream.
That's too big.
And so for me, I really fell in love with songwriting and production not long after
And you know, that was really a big part of my education.
That's where I got to learn so much more about music and arrangement and, you know, songwriting
And, you know, I guess I want to say to you the same sort of the same thing that you've
heard before, but how lucky are you to have learned all that.
You know, I've spent the last 20 years learning, you have it at your fingertips.
You're all learned.
I saw it last night.
You know, I can't tell you enough.
I was blown away by you guys.
So it'd be a shame to waste it.
There'd be a shame to waste it.
I so many people, I said I wasn't going to cry either.
So many, it's okay.
I'm going to say I'm in the trust tree.
I'm in a safe place.
There are so many people that have conspired to for me to be standing here today — my
wife, who inspires me every day.
You know, I won't tell you to get married or not get married, but I will say this to
Find someone who is better than you and convince them to spend their lives.
My best friend Tracy is here today.
He's been a big part of my life growing up and one of the people that when I felt like
it wasn't going to work outcomes the rock thing again.
He was a rock for me and, and I just, I can't thank you enough, man.
Obviously, it's Mother’s Day tomorrow I'll shout out to all the moms in the house.
Fellas, if you think you can even compare it to what a woman does, you should watch
them have a baby and bring them into the world.
Cause you aren't, you know what I mean?
As we say in the south, so obviously my mom is sitting here and I, it's, it's hard to
even put into words what you've given me and the how much you sacrificed for me to have
the opportunities that I've had.
I'm so lucky to be your son.
I love you so much.
I got my mom like it was, really dope purse for Mother's Day.
I was like, yeah, mom be styling and then I remembered I was going to be here.
I was like, well, she doesn't care about the purses.
This is probably the best mother's gift I could ever, ever give you.
Thank you, Berklee.
I'll say one more thing.
I'll say one more thing.
I said this at the Q&A, and I want to speak to the students one more time.
You're sort of taught probably about, you know there's going to be ups and downs and
But I, I just don't, I don't subscribe to that or as a doctor, I don't prescribe to
You get the joke.
You're defined by what you define failure as.
It's not a thing if it leads you to your success.
It's all part of the journey.
It's all part of the journey.
You have to appreciate those moments because what happens right after you feel like you
failed is who you are and who you will continue to be.
And I say this, apply it to songwriting, but obviously, you guys are, you know, graduating
and moving on into so many different facets of the industry.
But I always say this about writing songs that you have to dare to suck.
You have to dare to suck.
You have to feel...
You will never make something great if you are afraid that it's going to suck, that it
is going to fail.
So I'll leave you with that.
And that fire in your belly that got you here, keep it, love it.
Keep throwing logs on it.
Your tenacity and, and your ability to define who you are through those failures will be
your ultimate success.
So thank you for this honor.
You all messed up, as I said before.
And I just, I truly, truly never thought this would be something that I couldn't even put
this on a bucket list because I just didn't even think it would ever be possible.
So to the university and faculty and everyone here, I am truly grateful and humbled and
honored, and I hope that in the years to come, two things will happen.
One, I will represent you in the way that you most hope for and, two I look around and
see this graduating class.
Meet me at the studio.
I want to see you all.
We're working together.
So those are the two things I want to come out of this.
Thank you so much.
I don't even...Thank you so much.