Guns & Roses, Paramore, Blink 182, Nirvana, Fall Out Boy, great bands from a vast, expansive country. In places energy and hustle and bustle but mostly lonely out in the wilderness. I’ve never even been to the United States but I’ve spent so much time watching and listening to what comes out of the place it feels almost like a second home (admittedly a very large and diverse second home). I have an obsession with the place that is inexplicably linked with music and bands, be it reading about Slash growing up partying on the Sunset strip in Cali -providing the birth of Guns and Roses- to hearing of Kurt Cobain’s roots in the anonymous logging town of Aberdeen or Hayley Williams’ origins in Franklin Tennessee. I love the Harry Bosch Detective novels that chronicle the famous Hollywood homicide detective’s exploits which have since been adapted for TV. I am a Mixed Martial Arts fan of which America has the largest and most popular organization in the UFC. In the past I’ve experimented with making my own whiskey and regularly used to watch Moonshiners for inspiration. I would love to be out Moonshining in the Appalachian mountains! Being British I’m also obviously influenced by the culture of America and watch hundreds of their TV shows and really enjoy their music, lastly I simply love great weather and scenery. All these things combined meant that I always would have a bit of a thing for the United States and Canada.
As a young kid there was talk in our household of emigrating to North America – specifically Canada – for my dad to receive a much higher wage within the mechanical engineering industry. I was more than happy and jumped on the idea immediately and told everyone at school that we would be moving, it would only be a matter of time.. well it never happened unfortunately. My family never took the plunge! It was seen as too much of a risk I guess. It’s a dream I still hold to this day though and I would still seize the chance of being able to spend time abroad if the opportunity was to arise! I am currently learning French. The language was kind of forced upon me at school but I’ve decided to finish what I started and learn the language properly. The UK is part of the EU and because of this, people can freely move around the EU countries. I’m sure France would be a great place to visit and spend time! I was much too young to appreciate the place when my family visited as a young child. Learning French could also obviously be of a great benefit if I ever do manage to make it to Canada, depending on what parts I visit of course. Canada is kind of my version of the promised land!
It’s often the case that people tend to want what they can’t or don’t have. It seems many Brits want to live in America or Canada and likewise many Americans in particular would love to live in Britian. I know I live in a beautiful county of England in Yorkshire and I try my very best not to take the scenery for granted, it’s often just a shame about the weather :).