Singing a different tune – a mea culpa

Consider this post a big honkin’ “I was fucking wrong!”.

For many, many years your now embarrassingly contrite correspondent reacted to the mention of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain with a range of statements that traveled from foolish to ignorant to straight up offensive. Put succinctly, Hunter was stuck on the lyrics of a single song and refused to give Kurt or the band a chance.

Hunter’s ignorance cost him much in the way of credibility and respect from friends and new acquaintances, not to mention the loss in his life of a musical voice, in the form of Kurt, which penetrates and shines.

With the latest rise of the now legendary YouTube vid(s) that isolates (and thus illuminates Kurt’s voice, Hunter has had ample opportunity to consider things anew.

I was (and still am, in so many things) an ignorant shit.

Your corespondent, as a writer, is usually struck by a song’s content first, long before he considers a particular singer’s delivery.

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In the case of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Hunter heard the lyrics and – finding them irritating – perceived the lyrics (and thus the band) to be inconsequential. I made the mistake of writing off Nirvana almost entirely. I say almost entirely because after that first few listens Hunter would hear the latest Nirvana tune and, ignorantly, jump to an ill conceived “the exception proves my theses” assumption. Dumbass.

Hunter figured that no matter how fantastic a Cobain song was which happened to be playing at the time it was the exception to Hunter’s “they suck” premise and this particular exception proved Hunter right all along.

Hunter will probably never like “Teen Spirit”‘s lyrics, but never again will he dismiss that voice or the talent.

I know, “it’s Nirvana’s biggest mainstream radio and MTV hit, everyone knows it. Where’s your music fan cred?”. I get it “why the fuck won’t you reevaluate?”.
Friends, you were right ”One song you might hate doesn’t a band make…yadda yadda…boo friggin’ hoo”.

Hey, as I said, “I was ..wrong”.

So fucking wrong.


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About Hunter Nash; Nash Communications

Over ten years wasted in self imposed exile - working for cash to exist rather than creating and working for Self in order to LIVE. Five years in a creative frenzy. Five years of work lost/stolen. Two years reevaluating EVERYTHING I once believed and held dear. Two months on the street with WIDE open eyes and a new perspective. One month that changed EVERYTHING. One week which held the key to open up the world for me. One day is all it takes to guide or to change a life. Go Full Human. Here I am alive.

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