Kurt Donald Cobain was the lead singer/songwriter of the band Nirvana, until April 5 1994 when he committed suicide. Troubled by depression, chronic stomach problems, and an addiction to heroin, his ailments in his personal life showed through in his music. His music evolved from the hard punk sound of their first album, to the intelligent tell all tales of his fourth and final album In Utero. Through his music he changed an era of lost souls, to a generation with a vision of ho they were.
The songs he wrote and played captured the attention of the world, but also brought him the fame and fortune that led to his downfall. The pain and the hate of his life filled the lines, tough hidden under his sarcasm. He couldnt take the voices in his head that had plagued him all his life, that compiled with his dislike of the fame caused him to end his own life. The life that gave him no joy. The first time I heard Nirvana they changed my life.
I was sitting in class and one of my friends tapped into the P. A. system. He hooked it up to his Walkman and started playing Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvanas first single. I was sitting in class day dreaming and suddenly I was pulled out of it by this amazing sound. A few seconds later the principal shut off the song, but by that time I was hooked. Later that day I went to the record store and bought their second first and second album. I took them him and threw them into the CD player and fell in ove.
Finally I could identify with music, the words that poured from the speakers spoke my life. Until that moment I had no direction and felt alienated from the rest of the kids my age. But Cobains music touched on what I was not able realize at my age, that being yourself is all right no matter what the trendy junior high school kids thought. Though I would not understand the impact of his music or what his words meant to him, and that those songs would pull me through the hardest times in my life.