Rock Blog: Remembering Kurt

April 5, 2017

You've seen it all over your newsfeed today I am sure, but it's been 23 years since Kurt Cobain left us.

Not many people know this, but Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the first song I learned on guitar back when I was 13 years old. The punching opening power chord that introduced Nirvana to the mainstream, had some affect on me that I am not really sure anyone can put into words, but every single person who is a rock fan knows what I am talking about. 

I absolutely had to learn to play that song, and subsequently, learn what music was all about. As much as I like to boast that The Offspring's "Americana" was the album that got me into punk rock, Nirvana was really the band that got me into rock music in general. I sat in my room for hours, hitting wrong strings, giving my mom tons of headaches, and playing my "Nevermind" album on repeat, just to play like Kurt. 

Living in Seattle now, I really feel the impact Kurt and Nirvana had on music, not only across the world, but in this scene, which you can still feel beating strong in every single rock fan's heart here in Washington. From people posting photos visiting his childhood home, to the Nirvana logos that are still pasted up in Easy Street Records in West Seattle. 

It's really inspiring for a music fan. So today, I raise my glass to Kurt and Nirvana in general, and I will put down my computer and pick up my guitar to play the perfected chords that is "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to honor such an amazing and influential human that changed the music scene forever. 

Here's to you Kurt!

- Danny V.