There I am. Just an innocent twelve-year-old girl; troubled thoughts of the events passed are rushing through my head. I am searching for this band I’ve heard so much about; for our hero, I’m just curious to see who they are. I type the name into google image search and click the enter key. I commence to listen to short stack as I wait for the page to load, hoping I will not disappointed with the contents of it. I don’t need another disappointment right now. I hate my slow Internet, just as I hate a lot of things. Finally a photo comes up, and another, and another. I discover that ‘for our hero’ is a six piece from Melbourne. Good style, good hair. It’s going smoothly so far. Great. I exit the browser and open the iTunes store, searching for this band. Curtain calls on walkabouts? That sounds weird. I press play and hear a slow strum of a guitar. This is followed by a sweet voice. They aren’t that bad. I could even say they were good, but I cant commit to anything just yet, too worried that it will come back to bite me.
At this point, I was unaware to the fact my life was about to change forever.
I decide to search this band in you tube, what do I have to loose? I type it slowly, my eyes struggling to keep open; I really need to catch up on my sleep. A video comes up, entitled ‘making through the looking glass pt 2.’ The thumbnail is a man picking his nose. This gives me my first smile I’ve smiled in quite a long time. As I click the mouse the video opens. Seconds into the video I have tears forming in my eyes, as if they knew they would have to come out soon. It was the tears time to shine; they rolled down my cheek as I listened to the words these people spoke. I have no idea who they are, what role they play in the band. But I know they definitely have a soul purpose; to do what they are doing right now. I never thought someone could be so deep in his words, music and lyrics that relate so much to my life! I sit there and watch every video in this play-list; every webisode, every song, every cover, every live performance. I sit there, amazed look on my face. I discover these six names that will change my life forever; Dave Tran, Jay Taplin, Nax Vee, Leon Blair, Geoff Taylor and the most important name that belongs to the most important person; Beau Taplin.
I follow them on twitter; add them on my-space and on face-book, glad they accept. Before I knew it I was getting replies from them all the time. I finally understand their story, their lives, their purpose and their meaning. How could I not fall in love with these boys? They are the ones that helped out of the worst time of my life. Those nights I lay in bed wondering why god bothered to waste a life on me, and why he had to make my life so horrid, why my own mum didn’t care if I was alive or dead or if I deserved to live to see another day have rapidly disappeared. Luckily my thoughts never ever got worse than that! Now my head is filled with the thoughts it should be. The happy ones like how lucky I am to be surrounded by loving family and friends and, most importantly, to know that the people I look up to, people that I admire, know of my existence, care about me and appreciate me! Me of all people! This is just a heartfelt thankyou to for our hero, to show you how much you have actually helped me through my life, more than you could ever imagine!
Beau Taplin has helped me realise I don’t need to be anyone by myself.
He has helped me realise that life is only as good as what I make it,
And if anyone doesn’t like what I am and what I do, to not listen to them and continue with what I want to do, everyone is an individual and everyone is unique.
This whole band has helped me to experience the good times in life. They have inspired me so much with their music, lyrics and presence. I have no idea how, but they have.
They have encouraged me to follow my dreams.
Thankyou, and sorry for the long read :)
Love from Claudia Mazzone, the twelve-year-old girl’s life you changed for the better.