Happy 50th Birthday Eddie Vedder!
It’s amazing to think that Eddie Vedder has been part of our lives through music for 23 years now. I’m sure none of us will ever forget the first time we heard that voice.
For me, it was 1991 and MTV started playing a little known song called “Alive” by a new band called “Pearl Jam“. Like most, I’m sure – the melody simply wouldn’t leave my head. Playing, over and over.
A good friend of mine managed to get hold of their album – Ten, and passed it on to me. I rushed home, put the CD in my little CD Walkman player and turned the volume up.
My life totally changed in that moment.
Hearing “Black” for the first time actually brought me to tears. Here, finally was a band, a singer that connected with me in ways I’d never known before. A little switch went off in my head on that day, it’s never switched back.
I feel fortunate to have discovered Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder at such a young age, growing up on songs and lyrics that had a depth and meaning to them, at times pointing me in a different direction with my own writings that maybe I wouldn’t have taken.
I’ll be forever grateful for the music and the memories that I have because of Eddie and the band, even now — still giving me some of the greatest days and nights of my life. Hopefully there are many more to come.
So, thank you Eddie Vedder for the music and have the happiest of birthdays.
Kev (your clone) on behalf of Pearl Jammer.