Hello and happy Monday to you. I hope everyone had a safe weekend and enjoyed whatever festivities you were a part of. Today is Memorial Day though, so let's all be sure to take a little time to reflect and appreciate the men and women who have gave their life in service of this country. They are the reason we are privileged to have these festivities and cookouts and great social events.
Yesterday on Live at 5 I said I was taking suggestions for today's blog topic and I ran across a couple different ones that I thought may be cool. One was to tell about how high school was, and another said to tell about traveling and meeting fans and new people all the time. I thought of a scenario that fits both those categories to an extent.
As many of you man know, I am a big fan of the band Tool, one of my favorites of all time, probably my number 1. I was not really a concert goer in school but Tool had a new record that came out and I really wanted to see them live, but they didn't have any shows in Alabama so my brother and I decided to just pick a city and go. The next day a couple friends, my brother, and myself ordered our tickets and the destination was Cleveland, Ohio. We were super stoked for this! We had never been that far north, it was my FIRST concert, and we even skipped a couple days of school to make this happen!
It was definitely a life changing experience. I felt that feeling for the first time, that bliss and overwhelming joy that only a live concert can bring. It was nothing short of amazing and Tool is absolutely incredible live and it is a different type of show from what normal rock bands do. Aside from the concert the road trip was an experience in itself. We got to see a totally different culture from what we grew up in and was accustomed to.
When we returned to school we were supposed to have and excuse for missing school right? We were "siiiiick" but the world got out while we were gone and everyone knew we went to a concert. People were going "eeeeeeeeewwww your in troublllllleeee" I didn't see the big deal in it though. Some teachers and coaches called me outside and asked me what I did the past couple days and I told them the truth that I went to Cleveland to see my favorite band in concert. Turns out I didn't get in trouble and the teacher looked up Tool online and said he knew a couple songs and liked their music, so it was all gravy.
It was a spontaneous road trip decision that had a major impact on my love and passion for music. Was it wrong to skip school? Maybe, not in my mind tho. There was no way I was going to learn something in school those two days that would have an impact as big as that road trip. I know because I did my make up work and it was all still the same mumbo jumbo, but I kept my grades up. Don't be afraid to leap sometimes! You never know what could happen until you try. I'm not advocating skipping school, I just wanted to tell that little story and how it affected me by doing that. Have a great remainder of the Memorial Day and come catch a show soon, even if it's a road trip. cheers folks.