Response to Daily Prompt: Teenage Idol
I’m twenty-years-old at the moment and technically I was a ‘teenager’ just last year. But like a regular teenager, my idols constantly changed.
Since I was around twelve or thirteen, I idolized Jimi Hendrix. I am not joking when I say that I wrote three reports about him: one in 8th grade, one in 9th, and one in 10th. I even made this whole ballad for him. On a side note, I really want to find that. It’s somewhere in my external hard drive. I mean I really do think that’s he’s amazing. I still remember his life story. His first ‘guitar’ was his broom, then a one-string ukulele. He re-strung an acoustic guitar because he was left-handed. It’s just… mind-blowing. If you need a little inspiration, read his biography.
I simultaneously loved Led Zeppelin (still do, actually), so much so that I wished I was alive during the 60’s and so forth just to watch them. I still have every single one of their albums as well as several concert DVD’s. Their sound, their lyrics, their everything… I love it all. Zeppelin is actually one of the first bands I listened to when I was much younger because my dad was a really big fan. They’re the main reason I began playing the piano. I mean I started off with the guitar, because I think Jimmy Page is absolutely amazing, but I prefered the piano. I learned a portion of Stairway to Heaven by ear.
Both Zeppelin and Hendrix led me to discover a variety musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, and etc. You know, all those popular musicians way back when I wasn’t even born. I actually love all types of music, except for country… I’m sorry but I just can’t…
Music to me is just something that makes sense when nothing else seems to. When I play the piano especially, the rest of the world no longer exists. All of my problems seem to disappear. It sounds a little cheesy but if you love doing something – anything really – when you do it, that’s all you think about. Sometimes, some manic symptoms manifest and my mind becomes this huge mess of thoughts so it’s good to have something to alleviate all of that.