Dear Brent, Zach, Barry and Eric,
I feel like I’ve been writing this a thousand times, but no matter how often these words are used, they still remain the truths; not more, not less.
You sure get a lot of fanmails and letters from people telling you how much they love you, and I’m sure you appreciate them a lot. So do I. It might sound strange, but I love your fans. No matter at which Shinedown show, I’ve always met great and all over friendly people, helpful and caring for people they never met before. I stood outside a location in London, waiting to get inside for a show, it was raining like hell and I just started singing your songs with to english guys, I didn’t even know their names.
This time, I really want you to notice. I know I told you before, and I’m sorry if I’m annoying you with that, but this means so much to me:
I wrote a book. About you. About “Amaryllis”. About rock music. About life.
I just watched the chat with Brent again and remember him talking about you doing what you’ve always dreamt of. That’s the most beautiful thing on earth. The thing I’ve always wanted to do was writing books. It means as much to me as music.
Fact is: I won’t just take away your lyrics. I’m not naive. I don’t wanna act as if I’m a song writer. I’m not. I’m an author. It is my biggest dream ever to publish this book because it means a lot to me. And that’s why I’m constantly dreaming of meeting you and talking about it, so you see what I did there and if it is okay for you.
Sure I’m a fan, sure I love your music. But this time, it’s more. It’s about future. It would be an honor if you’d notice this.
#lyrics “If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late, would you say goodbye to yesterday? Would you live each moment like your last, leave old pictures in the past, donate every dime you have? And would you call old friends you never see, reminisce old memories, would you forgive your enemies?” @nickelback #IfTodayWasYourLastDay
#lyrics “Walls are built to keep us safe until they’re crashing down. Worlds apart we were the same until you hit the ground.” @toadm #Angels
Music is inspiration. So is life.
It’s been two years now since Brent, Barry, Zach and Eric gave that wonderful gift to me, their album Amaryllis that hit me so hard, it changed my whole life within a minute because I couldn’t do anything but fall in love with it. Without these four men, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And even if no one understands it, this is nothing but the truth. They inspired me to write a book, to live my creativity and they taught me always to be honest with myself. They taught me to be strong; because I am never alone. They are always with me, they and the music and this rock’n’roll family, and I always have them having my back. They brought me to other bands and people who inspire me, people like Lzzy Hale and bands like Zico Chain. They taught me values and ways to be and I took them and made them real and I’m doing well with that. This love is not easy to explain, but so easy to see.
I don’t like to be usual.
I won’t be delicate. I will be vast and brilliant.
Happy Amaryllis Day! Always keep loving and supporting each other.
@LZZHALE - to honor the Rock’n’Roll Goddess, my idol, my number 1 girl crush, my female hero, my Rock’n’Roll Joan of Arch, my savioress! You are amazing, you make me strong every single day, because you show me how it should look like to be a confident woman in a world full of men. Thank you for everything. I’m excited to have the chance to meet you on 17th April in Hamburg.
@shinedown …and when you look into my eyes, you look straight into my soul and see every secret and every feeling I enshrined in my litlle broken heart. Heel me with your music.
This love is nothing that’s easy to explain. It’s beyond everything that ever came along your way. This band changed my life and myself so much, I wouldn’t recognize myself without them anymore. They made me who I am, with their songs, their words, themselves; and I’m proud of who I am. Rock’n’Roll is my way of life and I will never give up on that again. @shinedown … these guys will always be on my mind an in my heart. I will always love @thebrentsmith @ZMyersOfficial @ebassprod and @BKerchOfficial like the rock’n’roll family they are to me.
I won’t be delicate, I will be vast & brilliant.