Mr Dave Grohl.
Drummer. Singer. Rockstar.
The man can do no wrong.
Foo Fighters is and always will be my favourite (rock) band. Most of that was due to the music they created, but some of it was due to their frontman Dave Grohl.
Last year during my time in New York City, I scored free tickets to the Global Festival in Central Park (Don’t ask me how, I still can’t believe it!) which ultimately (at the time) was to be the Foo Fighters’ last live performance. That night was so memorable to me and as a FF fan, I was so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of that experience.
But back to what this post is really about: Dave Grohl and his keynote speech at this year’s South By Southwest festival.
This speech made me laugh, it made me smile, it made me cry, but overall, it made me love Mr Dave Grohl even more. Grohl was chosen as the keynote speaker of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) festival over in the States and I think they made the right decision in choosing him.
Overall, it’s honest. None of this sugar coated shit that you see on the reality judging shows (as Dave takes a few jabs at – as well as at Pitchfork and One Direction). And it is definitely inspiring.
He constantly repeats two statements throughout, which made a big impact when the speech was over:
“The musician comes first.”
“It’s YOUR voice. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it. Scream it – until it’s fucking gone. Because everyone is blessed with at least that. And who knows how long it will last.”
That’s some great damn advice right there.
Watch him speak. It will be 50 minutes worthy of your time.