I could try to begin to describe what it is that Tablo means to me as an artist but I know I wouldn’t be able to do it properly. So I’ll just describe it with a memory.
I remember not too long after Fever’s End came out, I bought both part one and two and put it on my ipod without thinking.
The most vivid memories I have with Tablo is the simple winter mornings when I got into my car and played his music. I woke up every morning over worked, two or three hours of sleep in my body, no will to keep moving. Every morning I would drive in the still, dark, quiet, cold found only in the winter mornings. Every morning I would wake up wanting to kill myself.
Those mornings I would park in my school parking lot - tired, hungry, weak, and resigned to the fact that this was the way I would feel, forever. - I would sit in the car listening to which ever of his tracks where playing and I would cry. Every morning, sitting in my car alone. I would cry - every morning. but I would find enough comfort in Tablo’s music to have the courage to not only get out of my car and walk into school each day, but to do it the day after that, and the day after that.
The second memory I have of Tablo really being meaningful in my life is when I decided to read his book for the second time. I read it all in one night and afterwards I sat back and decided that maybe it was time to live my life with substance again. He inspired me to really begin living once more, as me, and not the lifeless shell I had become.
No other artist in this world has effected me like Tablo. He is a true hero, he certainly saved my life.
Thank you for breathing Tablo, Have a Happy Birthday Ahjussi~ May only happiness come to your family~
Happy birthday to TABLO, my newest obsession and, much, much more importantly, my #1 inspiration. I can love plenty of artists for their music and humor and good looks, but blo has affected me in a very unique and profound way.
He has taught me to live with love and passion, to be grateful for having responsibilities, that family is more important than anything else, and to remember, “amor fati.” And also a lot more.
I make ridiculously cheesy birthday posts for celebrities & sometimes I don’t really see the point, but I just wanted to get it all out there. That blo is so, so amazing. and I am unbelievably grateful for the impact that he has had on my life.
Thank you for your SERIOUSLY GENIUS music, your cute face (lol), your love for others, your radio program that makes me smile every single day (I need my phone because I miss dreaming radio way too much), and everything else. And I hope you can enjoy your birthday knowing that getting older is something to be excited about, not afraid of (just like I learned from you).
Also, I ordered his book online yesterday (and downloaded like all his music a few days ago) without even realizing that today is his birthday, so that’s a cool coincidence. I am so excited.
Podría decir muchas cosas del por qué su música, él y el resto de Epik High son importantes para mí, pero me iré por lo primordial y diré que no sólo son los responsables de mi entrada al maravilloso mundo del hip hop coreano, sino que me dieron una nueva perspectiva de lo que significa hacer música. Ya no sólo de un género en particular, sino en términos generales y jamás me había sentido tan orgullosa de que mi debilidad por el hip hop hasta que los escuché a ellos.
Gracias por todos estos años de excelente música, grandes presentaciones y divertidos momentos, Tablo, si algún día decides volver al escenario estaré feliz de volverte a ver.