I've been trying to write this post all week and it just hasn't been what I wanted it to be. Words kept failing me. I'm definitely not a poet or a writer of profound words. I'm just a person who feels strongly about things, event and experiences and tries to share the best I can.
Today I received a treasure in the mail. It was this book.
While reading the back jacket cover I found the words I was searching for written by the lead singer of my favorite band. And to think I was not going to buy this book, I was going to put it on my Christmas list. What was I thinking?! *shakes head*
"We set out to make music to satisfy ourselves. Something we would have not imagined is that people have made friendships, shared ideas and shared their humanity with each other through the music. They've become husbands and wives and best friends. That's all outside of us. All we did was play music. The fact that it has all happened is semi-overwhelming and humbling." - Eddie Vedder
I've talk many times about the great and lasting friendships I've made because of Pearl Jam. Friends who live all over the world. Friends who mean the world to me, even though I don't get to see them very often, some of whom I have never met in "real" life. Chris and I got to meet, in real life, one of those friends we've known online for 9 years at the PJ 20 celebration in WI!
The guy between Chris and I is Luis, he's from Portugal! It was so great to finally meet him after all these years of sharing the PJ love! The guy on the end next to me is Matt from Germany, Chris and I met him in real life a few years ago in Boston. We have met up with Matt at a few shows since and once he came to Seattle, after seeing PJ in California, and had dinner with me and Handy Man.
I'm grateful to Pearl Jam for 20 years of music and for the amazing friendships I've formed because of their music.
Here's to 20 more years!