Tuesday, April 8, 2008


On Friday, April 8, 1994, I won my grade's little spelling bee and thus earned the right to go to the regional spelling bee.

I was already a big Nirvana fan and often kept my cassette tape of In Utero in my Walkman in my favorite jean jacket. Needless to say, I instantly turned from victorious elation to utter devastation after school that Friday, when I heard the news about an electrician finding Kurt Cobain's lifeless body. I was pretty bummed out the whole time KROQ played all four Nirvana albums (three studio albums and one b-side album).

Anyway, while I am still quite a conscientious speller, I've become an even more determined musician because of Kurt's self-martyrdom (so to speak). The first song I tried to write was entitled "4894," but I don't think I've ever finished writing it.

Right now, I'm listening to mp3s of In Utero through iTunes on my computer, while writing on this blog. Those were all inconceivable to me back in 1994. Oh, how times have changed!

Google has graciously provided a time capsule of 1994's journalism: Kurt Cobain.

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic 1992 photo credit: More Kurt -- too rad.

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