OCTOBER 18, 2013 by Eric Himan
I grew up all over the place because my father was in the Air Force and we traveled quite often (New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Hawaii, Florida). But I consider my middle and high school years the ones where I did the most growing up.
I remember my father buying me my first guitar, handing it to me like, “Ok, good luck” at age 8. He was a guitarist also but knowing me, I must have given off the vibe of “I can learn myself” when he started to instruct me. Not my best quality back then, but I learned the hard way finding the chords on my own. I struggled with it though because I didn’t link it to the music I was listening to. Back then, I was listening to R&B (Bell Biv Devoe, Fu Shnickens, Shanice) and I didn’t really hear it predominately in that style.
When we moved to Homestead, FL, I was sad to leave Hawaii but excited at making new friends in a new city. We were close to Miami and I was curious about the area. Well, the day we got our belongings from Hawaii shipped to us, my dad said that a giant hurricane was headed our way and take what we need because we may not be back.
I decided it best to take my tapes and walkman leaving much of everything else behind. Hurricane Andrew came the next day and basically blew South Florida to bits. Homestead Air Force Base doesn’t even exist anymore. I remember listening to Temple of the Dog and Pearl Jam a lot then and watching Wayne’s World on repeat at a family member’s house we evacuated to escape. To this day, all three of those things remind of being back in South Florida.
My dad got re stationed to Hurlburt Field in the Panhandle near Destin in Ft. Walton Beach and I attended school up there right away. I was very shy and when my dad bought me the Woodstock series after I showed a bit of interest in Janis Joplin, I was hooked. I got an acoustic guitar and started learning any song I could get my hands on especially in that genre. I remember hearing Edwin McCain on the radio with “Solitude” around that time and my friend, Anna, invited me to go see him do a small acoustic concert at Harbor Docks in Destin. Edwin inspired me musically and vocally. I loved his soulfulness and how quick he was on the guitar. It made me want to be a performer not just a musician.
Next Friday, I get the chance to see Edwin perform again but this time from the wings of the stage because I will be opening the show for him. I am UBER-psyched and truly believe if you stick with your dreams eventually they will come true. If you are in the Pensacola area, come on down and witness the biggest smile I have ever produced in my life:).
Here’s to writing more blogs! Have a great weekend and talk soon!