Great thread idea!
I was in high school when I first heard the name Steve Vai
. I'm sure I'd heard his work before, with DLR and/or with Whitesnake, but that wasn't really on my musical menu, then.
But in high school, my best friend's boy-friend had this tape...
Well one night, a few of us were hanging out, and he wants to play the tape. This was, apparently, not the first time he'd played it, as there were some protests
"Aww c'mon... again? really?"
"No man, something else!"
But I was curious, coz when he said "Steve Vai", I'd not heard the name before.
Sooo... another time, when he gave me a ride after school (I had gotten stranded a few times before, so he said to call if I needed a lift... he was an awesome guy!) I asked if he had that "Steve tape"...
"In the player right now. Wanna hear it?"
So he wound it to the beginning and pressed 'play'
I was spell-bound from the opening of "Liberty"
right on through to the last of "Love Secrets"
We sat in the driveway as it played through a second time.
I wrote down the name and raced to the nearest music store that weekend to get a copy of "Passion & Warfare"
In the car, I wasn't able to really get into
the music... but with my own copy in my own room... I could really play.
I turned it up, and just let it all take me away... A Musical Meditation turned Musical Journey as I let my Self follow where the Music led...
I'd heard so many pieces that could paint a picture, stir up emotion...
But never had anything ever done what that album had! Into the cells
, I felt that music! Wound through and melted into me like a part of me...
And the Journey (who needs acid?, when there's Vai to lead you on the Musical Astral Trip! LOL)
Of course, I was hooked
I started listening for his guitar in other bands, and tried to collect new stuff when I could (but there's a whole 'nother story we needn't get into...), missed out on some bits, slowly filling in the gaps now...
Still finding new places...
With the Music, and on my own after the Music inspires...
(Yes. I know. I'm weird. Normal's boring. Shut up. LOL! )
And can't wait to hear and see and feel what comes next!