Cebo Campbell

Interviewed Louis Stewart Today

Although, not many people I know could recognize the name, Louis Stewart (me either), I met him today and immediately thought, “more of the kiddos in my generation should know this guy.” When I walked into the interview, mind you I had no idea what to expect as this was a last minute sort of thing, he sat at the table, an older gentleman, wearing the quintessential tweed blazer and sipping an ice tea. Before he said a word, one could sense the weight–he was an important dude noticeable by just his presence, like seeing one of the old black and white photographs of Hemingway or Langston Hughes.

I learned that Louis Stewart was a professional composer and classical pianist He has traveled all over the world playing, composing and conducting. He wrote film scores, played at the white house and even worked as a professor at Berklee College of Music.

We talked for a while after the interview’s generic questions. He told me that he thought schools should put more emphasis on their music programs, and that my generation and the one’s that followed are not as well-rounded with their musical knowledge. “They listen to lots of pop music,” He said, “But, I believe if they expanded and listened to the classics or even incorporated more of the classical style into the music they like, they will be better citizens in general. In my experience, anyone who has been through a real music program, for the most part, do better in life.”

I couldn’t agree more. Matter of fact, I am going out right now to see if I can pirate me some Gershwin.

-Later

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As a full-time creative (VP of Creative Services at Spherical), I spend most days writing in the nooks and crannies of my available time. I wake up at 5:30am just to get in a few hours putting words on paper. I write on the train. I write on planes. I write waiting in lines. I feel I have to write. The reason is simple: representation.

I often tell the story of Ferris Bueller; a kid who decides to skip school and, on charm alone, steals a car, impersonates a cop, drinks underage, tampers with computers, and at every step exposes his best friends to peril, only to go home and fall asleep with his mother to kiss him into sweet dreams. I asked myself if Ferris were Trayvon Martin, how might that story end? I know the answer. So do you. And this is why representation is so important. I aim to contribute more stories into the world that diversely feature regular (but beautiful) lives made extraordinary. Art, I believe, is the only way to accomplish this. All my creative work is inspired by and aims to add to all the great work in the world.

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