I wanted Kurt Loder’s career path when I was a teenager. The man had the BEST job … he interviewed rock stars, wrote books about them, became the know-it-all at MTV alongside Matt Pinfield and had such an official name. Kurt Loder was such a huge icon and influence for me. The dude was like 50 (exaggerating), but still so hip through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl … and rarely did I ever look at adults with such enthusiasm back then.
When I was 20, I had the wonderful and fortunate opportunity to work at one of the most popular music magazines in the Bay Area. That was it … I had the job I always wanted … a music journalist … and I didn’t even begin my adventure at San Jose State University yet. I was interviewing rock stars, reviewing CDs, working in an environment where I was able to listen to music the entire day. Whew … was I one lucky girl. I felt like the kid in “Almost Famous” but with confidence and better taste (yes, the job turned me into a music snob as my friends ever-so-affectionately tease me). I had my dream job and next was Rolling Stone, Spin or NME.
But something hit me then that I didn’t only realize until years later. My specialization was music. I later wrote for another music magazine and continued to accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge in that area. My friends depended on me to identify songs and artists when were in clubs and musical venues. I knew the owner and would get in complimentary. The fun was such fantastic, and I am so grateful for that period of my life. I really had a good time in my early 20s.
Now … and now … I realize that childhood dream was met in some fashion … it was fulfilled … and I had a lot of memorable times. Now that my mid-20s have set in, I have understood that my microscope must zoom out onto other areas of interest to fulfill that new passion and fulfill that new dream. I have taken up new interests in the environment, human interest pieces and sustainable living. I hope these new objectives continue to evolve into something gratifying in a similar fashion as music reporting.
Here’s to 2011 a bit early. And to Kurt Loder … if you’re out there … thank you.