Koen van Tongeren
Koen van Tongeren Nieuws 13 februari 2012

Eddy Cue neemt Grammy Steve Jobs aan

Bij de uitreiking van de Grammy’s werd dit jaar niet alleen de net-overleden Whitney Houston postuum geëerd. In september vorig jaar werd al bekend gemaakt dat Steve Jobs een Grammy award zou krijgen. Deze hoogste blijk van waardering van de muziekindustrie werd hem gegund voor de revolutie die Apple onder zijn leiding teweeg heeft gebracht in de manier waarop er wereldwijd muziek gekocht en beluisterd wordt.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s President of Internet Software and Services en daarmee ook verantwoordelijk voor iTunes, nam zaterdagavond de Grammy namens Steve’s weduwe Laurene, zijn kinderen en iedereen bij Apple in ontvangst tijdens een Special Merit Grammy Award-gala.

Naast de toespraak van Eddy Cue werd Steve Jobs ook herdacht door een musicus waar hij zelf groot fan van was. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was een persoonlijke vriend van Steve en vaak geziene gast bij Apple keynotes en Media Events.

Before I met Steve, I first had to say no to him. In the early ’90s, I was touring like a madman, trying to juggle professional commitments and a home life with a young family, when a call came in. Steve Jobs was getting married at Yosemite and he wanted me to play. I declined with great regret. When we met, years later, I was also introduced to his wife and children. The simplicity, directness and openness of his family really struck me. Steve showed me the things he cared about, and I shared the music I would have played at their wedding. From there, the friendship grew.

There were many more meetings, sometimes for a picnic dinner before concerts, other times grabbing lunch after one of his legendary presentations. Steve was ever eager to share the latest “one more thing.” I will never forget how he pulled out a prototype of the iPhone for me and the astonished members of the Silk Road Ensemble at UC Berkeley, or the conversation about intuition versus intelligence and the importance of stimulating disciplined imagination in our students to ensure an innovative workforce. His life’s work was a reflection of his father Paul’s lesson: “When you make something, make sure the back is as beautiful as the front, even if nobody sees it.”

This last year we had three visits, and in the spring Steve asked me to play at his funeral. I said I would, if he would speak at mine. Needless to say, Steve got his way. I, like so many others, will always be grateful for the impact he had, for the beautiful tools that have helped change my thinking, but even more so for his extraordinary friendship.

De overige awards zijn zondagavond uitgereikt tijdens de 54e Grammy Award Ceremony in Los Angeles.

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