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Remembering Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

20 years ago this week Kurt Cobain passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. I remember the day I found out, after they found his body (April 8, 1994). It was a sunny day my freshman year of high school, and I was riding home on the school bus. I knew who Kurt was and I liked some of Nirvana’s songs, but I hadn’t dove deep into their music yet. Still, I felt sad. He was so young, 27 years old, the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison when they died. All three were big musical influences in my household at the time, especially Hendrix and the Doors. As a young teenager, I thought it was a sign that he died at the same age, and he must be as influential and talented as those other musicians now long gone. That same summer my brother, Gregory, graduated from high school and I remember Nevermind playing at his party. I was slowly but surely leaning into this music I hadn't heard much of before and was enjoying it. That I would latch onto rock music shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone who knows me.

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A Vocal Celebration of Eddie Vedder

Happy 49th birthday to Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam. I'm a little obsessed so I thought I would celebrate today by describing some of my favorite vocal performances by this talented man. Thank you all for indulging me, and thank you, Eddie, for being born and allowing me the pleasure of enjoying your beautiful voice.

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