A Soaring Realization
Music has moved me as a gust moves the leaves. The impact it has had on me has led me to pursue it as my career, and have studied all I can about it for years. I have made my life revolve around my passion and love for music, although I cannot forget how I came to play.
At the young age of five, I was taken to an Eagle’s concert by my mother (who happened to be pregnant at the time, so I commend her decision to even go in the first place). Standing in the crowd, I watched up at the band soar through the entire Hell Freezes Over repertoire. I was in complete awe, and as Hotel California came on I was entirely entranced.
The whole band had come out and just sat on stools playing acoustics with Don Henley singing. Without knowing a single thing about music prior to the concert, I suddenly felt every nerve, every feeling, every thought in my entire body become connected to it. I could feel myself being drawn into the notes. As Hotel California ended, Don Henley moved to the drum set and the full band began playing, at which point I knew not only that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but also, which instrument I was obviously destined to play.
Shortly after the concert, my parents bought me my first drum set. Having no idea how to play drums I studied bands my parents liked at the time, having my Dad lend me CD’s of his. Being at such an early age (as I was six by this time), learning drums was a piece of cake. It felt so natural to listen to Dave Matthews Band, or The Doors or Pink Floyd and just play right along with it.
My musical inspiration lies in the feeling. Whether it come from a symphony rolling through John Williams pieces, or Joe Walsh’s wailing guitar in Hotel California, the feeling is the same. When I allowed music into my heart and my soul, I fell in love with it. It has always been the music that gets me through the days, weeks, and years. It has always been the music that has been my occupation and point of interest for so long now, and it has always been the music that has never and will never let me down. Music is my life force, and I am thankful for it every single day.