This blog post was written by George S. Clinton, chair of Berklee’s Film Scoring Department.
Imagine if you will, that you’ve been sailing around the world in a small boat. It’s a worthy vessel that you have steered for years through many a stormy sea. Then imagine you are suddenly transported aboard a huge ocean liner and in charge of one of the many departments critical in keeping it afloat and on course. That’s sort of the way it feels coming from my solo career as a film composer in Los Angeles to being chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It is both an exciting and intense transition, and I’m loving it.
My wife and I are renting a place in Beacon Hill and have left our cars in LA. We are walking or taking the “T” almost everywhere. Public transit—what a concept! I see more people in the course of one day than I used to see in a month in L.A., simply because I’m not isolated in an automobile. We’re near the Boston Common and the Frog Pond has just opened to ice skaters. Add to that the glorious autumn foliage and people bundled up in hats and scarves. I start to feel like I’m walking through a Currier & Ives postcard. Our daughter just came up from New York to join us for Thanksgiving. I mean, Thanksgiving in New England, the home of Thanksgiving. I had to fight the urge to dress up like Miles Standish.