English 11/Period 1
29 May 2013
The Perfect Relationship
Society is based on relationships. Relationships between spouses, lovers, friends, family. Relationships are not singularly between people. It's very common that men and women will develop relationships with books, artwork, poetry or film. For me, the most important relationship I have cultivated is my love for music. Music and I were introduced to each other by my father when I was a small child. We often played in the car, or on the kitchen stereo, and I always felt an affinity for my "friend" music.
At age eleven I taught myself how to play guitar (inspired and frustrated by my father's skill or lack thereof) and quickly became proficient. Music was the first thing that had come easily to me. I was not a skilled athlete, I was not a social child, but finally I could play the guitar. I loved the warm sound of a full E chord, and the lilting melody of minor fingerpicking songs. I also basked in the glory of being able to learn the songs of my heroes and reinvent them myself. Much as I loved playing the guitar, my life was altogether unchanged until the summer before seventh grade.
I was over at a friend's house. We both played guitar, but nothing else. I had never thought of being in a band. It always seemed too out of reach, too glamorous. Until that day. My friend's brother had a drumset, the really cheap kind that you buy for a six-year-old at Toys-R-Us. But it worked for me. I remember pounding out the visceral beat on the kickdrum. It was the heartbeat of the music. Thump thump thump thump 1-2-3-4. We played songs by the White Stripes. The music we played was so raw, so bare. It was two kids divining their path in life. Playing mediocre versions of simple songs in a suburban bedroom was the most mindblowing experience I have ever had. From that day on I lived an entirely different life. Music was no longer only a friend introduced to me by others. Music became a friend...