By Chris Shapiro:
As I sit in my dorm room the night before beginning my senior year of college, I find myself reflecting upon my freshman year. Many things have changed. People have come and gone in my life like water running over boulders in a stream. Yet, the one thing, the one constant in my life has been the music in my life.
When I began my freshman year, I packed four albums: Van Halen’s 5150, Huey Lewis and the News Greatest Hits, Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits and Boston’s Third Stage.
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Boston was the first band I identified with. It was about the 8th or 9th grade when my mother brought home their debut album. If I could go back and count all the times I’ve played the songs on that album, I would have a multi-platinum record myself.
I didn’t know it at the time, but Boston was shaping me into who I am today. It sparked the love I have for music. How I act, live my life and even how I view the world, comes from the influences I receive from music and the artists behind the music. For me, it was, and always will be, Boston that planted my feet in the world of music.
Now, I could go on and list all the achievements and milestones that Boston carved in the music industry but those are just facts. They don’t tell you the “who” behind Boston or, more importantly, the “what” that Boston stands for. Here, I’m going to make an in-depth study of what Boston truly is.
When we look at the “who” behind Boston, it’s Tom Scholz. Master Musician. Genius. Engineer. Basketball Player. Guitarist. Inventor. All these describe the man who is the backbone of Boston.
How many rock stars earned their degree at MIT? How many song writers have penned timeless hits that are just as popular as they were thirty years ago? How many musicians will be willing to spend six years creating a single album making sure every sound is engineered perfectly? There’s only one name that fits the bill: Tom Scholz. (more…)