When we heard of Steve Jobs's death, on October the 5th, we decided at once to write some music to pay him homage. We have been using the Mac to make music for almost 15 years now and it's completely part of our creative process. We also have been using the iPad on stage since the very first days of its launching to trigger samples and play instruments too cumbersome to carry. Without Apple and its products, we wouldn't the artists we are today.
But we didn't want to write a song, we wanted to use Steve's very words and hear his own voice. That's why we used his memorable 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. We have chosen the words which seemed the most meaningful for us and for the occasion . Then, following Steve Reich's method (inaugurated with Different Trains), we carefully noted the suggested pitch and rythm of his sentences, the underlying melodies and patterns of his words to made them talk with our "i-Guitars". For, as an additionnal homage, we played all the music on an iPad, with GarageBand : a Steve Jobs Tribute using only his devices and softwares.
To make a video; we used the same Stanford Address (made on a Mac too, with Final Cut Pro X).
And here it is : our little contribution to this great inventor. It's called : Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish (of course). And we hope we'll all be able to keep that thought alive.
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish - Lyrics
Almost everything, Almost everything, All external expectations, Almost everything All pride, All fear of embarrassment or failure,
These things just fall away, Just fall away These things just fall away in the face of death, You are already naked Already naked There is no reason no to follow your heart
Death, Death is the destination we all share. No one, No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, Because Death Is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Your time is limited, Don't waste it Living someone else's life.