Around two years ago, I sent Steve a letter. It was a while ago, I was twelve or thirteen. Honestly, I have NO IDEA what I wrote. I have no recollection of me actually sending it. I don't know how I phrased it either. Evidently I didn't know then that when you send people fanmail, you most likely will irritate them. But it was definitely personal because, well, I was thirteen and I was sending Steve Vai a letter. So I'll apologize after the fact for doing so
I was shocked when I got a text message with a picture of a letter from favored nations. It had the Vai logo in the top left and was addressed to me. Instantly I remembered that I had sent him a letter but it was so long ago I didn't even remember being disappointed when I never got a response. I think I convinced myself it would take a few months to get a response, if any, and I just waited not expecting anything because it would take a while. So when it never came, it wasn't a shock, it was more like I expected that nothing would happen after being ready to wait a while. Well it took two years. Id be a fucking idiot to complain
I get home in a state of shock, knowing there's a letter most likely from Steve sitting on my counter; either that or it's some sort of restraining order or a form of legal document preventing me from giving out any addresses or something. So I open the letter and I just kind of was afraid to take out anything inside because I saw tons of writing. I recognized it as the sort of messy handwriting of Steve, and well... after like ten minutes of getting a drink and letting the anxiety build until I couldn't hold it anymore, I just took out the contents and laid it on a piece of paper.
Inside was a letter, a poster, a sticker (I think, I was too afraid to start picking at it in order to find out lol), a Story Of Light Seed Card (with the New Jersey soil, maybe I'll plant it indoors
), two Story of Light picks and a signed poster paper of him with the JEM 20th. Well, I read the letter and I feel it would be a hideous thing to post a picture of the contents. It wasn't just a little blurb on a napkin- it was an entire page of writing that really meant a lot to me. After so long of wishing to communicate with Steve, it happened in a way I never expected.
I don't remember what I wrote and I really hope I didn't write anything embarrassing
. I feel like sending another letter thanking Steve would be a really stupid thing to do, I've already taken up quite a bit of his time, so I figured id just do it here. Thank you so much, for the letter Steve. You didn't have to do it and I appreciate it 10000000000000000000x. I mean I appreciate Jeries' poster too, if you don't remember, it's the same Kyle, so you should send Jeries something also because he's a cool guy and so that he dosen't ask for his poster back. This is something that I'll keep with me forever, and I don't think I'll ever lessen in grateful-ness.
Maybe someone at Vai.com could pass this "thank-you" along? Someday I'll say thank you in person, but for now I wish Steve to know that it really meant something.
I've learned a lot from this- that Steve really cares about his fans, that the guy who was selling one Story Of Light pick for $100 has nothing on me
, and that any man with animated cartoons of himself on peices of paper is either incredibly self absorbed, or has an incredible sense of humor