Now for the good stuff. Every year when it gets close to my birthday I remember two things that happened to me during my formative years that changed my life forever. I want to thank my parents so much because if you had not done these two things for me, who knows how my life would have ended up. The first thing that happened was when I was 16 or 17 my parents cracked under the pressure and bought me my first guitar. I was a huge KISS fan at the time and I wanted a Les Paul (like Ace Frehley) more than anything in the world. My amazing parents came to my rescue and bought me a Cherry Sunburst Epiphone Les Paul Special with a Peavy Amp. I was on cloud nine. I had no idea how to play but I thought by maybe watching KISS videos I might be able to pick something up. Not the case. But I eventually started taking guitar lessons from an old blues musician. He unfortunately didn't share in my passion for Rock N Roll music. I was stuck learning blues scales and boring songs. I hated it, but to the credit of my guitar teacher he taught me rhythm and chords. I would eventually begin to build my speed up. It wasn't a year later that I tried out for my first band as a lead vocalist. My audition song........"Rock N Roll" by Led Zeppelin. I didn't get the gig. A few months later I auditioned for a guitar player position in a local punk band called Officially Terminated. I sucked big time but so did the rest of the guys. I got the gig. Within a year I would be playing my first show in Casey Frasier's backyard. Officially Terminated lasted for 7 years, touring, writing, and playing some of the wildest shows you can imagine. All this thanks to that first Les Paul, which eventually was stolen from our practice place in Lincoln. You will never be forgotten. I signed my name underneath the pick-up just in-case anyone ever comes across one.
|Cherry Sun Burst Epiphone Les Paul Special.|
Thanks Mom and Greg, Dad and Beth. I will always be thankful for what you did for me, even though you probably don't realize how much these two things changed my life. I love you and I owe everything to you guys.