Last night, I was browsing through an online journal that I keep, reading entries from my crazy “Taylor Hicks” days. It got me thinking about how differently I view Taylor now than I did then. Is it me? Is it him? Is it a little of both?
When I first saw Taylor Hicks on the television, I was transfixed. I wanted to know more about this man…this man who was living his dream in front of the world. Who was he? Where did he come from? And for the love of God, why hadn’t he been discovered before Idol? As I discovered more about him, I found myself wanting to do things I had never done before. I crisscrossed the country, following him from concert to concert. I started posting on a message board…I didn’t even know what a forum was before that spring. He awakened something in me that I didn’t even realize was missing from my life. He reawakened my love of music.
I have met some wonderful people because of that message board, but I’ve also met others that weren’t exactly on the healthy side of the fandom. Because of that group of people, I’ve learned some life lessons, but I’ve also had some really good times. But when that message board split up, so did the group of people.
I have come a long way in my life since then, so I know that I am different. I know that Taylor Hicks is just a man. He doesn’t hold any special powers. He can’t walk on water, even though some seem to think so. Taylor Hicks is a working musician. That’s good and he seems happy being just that. So, is Taylor any different? Hell, I don’t know. I don’t know the man. I just wish he could figure out how to market himself and quit changing his mind. Just be who you are, dude.
There has been some questioning by posters as to whether this is a Taylor Hicks blog or not. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. Just depends on what I feel like posting at any given time. I welcome other artists’ songs/videos. There is so much music out there. Limiting yourself to a certain kind of music is like eating peanut butter and jelly for lunch every day. You start out thinking that it’s the best tasting thing in the world, but eventually your body…and soul…hungers for something else. Just feed your soul. Look around, listen to new songs. You’ll be amazed at what you might learn about yourself.
Life is a journey. You never know where it’s going to take you. We are all just trying to find our own ways the best we can. Music can be a partner down the path with you, if you let it.