I’ve grown up surrounded by music all my life and it may quite possibly the only thing I could imagine myself doing for the rest of eternity.. or until I die, whichever comes first. Since I could remember my dad would strum chords on his Ovation around the house, sending notes bouncing off the walls, echoing in swells as I sat enraptured in his voice. It was soon after that I started on private Piano Lessons then quickly moved onto teaching myself how to play various different instruments ranging from Ukulele to Tuba. Yet as much influence as my father had on my musical being I never truly became serious about music until the first time I heard Anthony Green. I was overwhelmed by his passionate lyrics and intoxicated with his versatility in voice and songwriting so somehow I was going to pursue this. Before much time passed I had a band, I was writing my own lyrics, my own songs. Music is what I breathe, music is always on my mind. It’s kept me alive, essentially through recent years of my life. I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life but I don’t think I’d be half as captivated by music if I hadn't fallen for that first, beautiful chord and the line of lyrics, “Close Your Eyes to See”.
Now, I’m only eighteen and as much as I've been around to experience, I’m sure there are countless memories to make ahead. Love is one thing that I have yet to understand fully; the extent of love, or it’s validity is unknown to me. I’ve been thrown aside by those I trust, lost many good friends whom I’ve cared for (maybe too much.) I’ve seen love severed in two as my father walks away from my mother after twenty-five years and I’ve had to let go of someone who I truly loved in the hopes that I would no longer hurt emotionally anymore. I suppose love doesn’t always work out, but I do know this: 1. Love is good 2. Love is beautiful 3. Love is a cure for many discomforts. So I smile on the new sun every morning because I know now that I have the power to change the outlook of something that seems horrible. That I have the power to love and care for others in hopes that it makes their day that much better. I have the power to love my enemies and make beautiful relationships, because there’s too much hate in this world and a lot of us cannot see this. You don’t really know anyone, and a smile can do so much on someone’s “off day” and that is why I feel that the answer is so simple, it begins with just a mindset. Anthony gave me music which has helped me deal with life as it is on my own, as well as the most important quote of my life, that you must be open to love so that you may understand it to the best of your ability and pass that warmness onto another. All you have to do is close your eyes to see, then you are blind only by vision, and love is equal.