A humble song request for the LA Forum Night 2 show
Hello guys, this is my first time posting here so I’m sorry if this isn’t the appropriate place, but I thought I’d give this a shot. My name is Robert and these past couple of years of the pandemic have been rough on my family.
I began college a year prior to the pandemic and was doing quite well, getting A’s and B’s in my freshman courses. When covid started to spread classes were moved to online which was strange at first, but I learned to adapt. Then my family received news that caught all of us off guard, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer is an awful disease and we all felt so helpless watching my mother go through this terrible ordeal.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments made her body so weak, and she cried when all her hair fell off. She was constantly in pain, but some days were worse than others. She feared the idea of dying and leaving all of us behind, and we were equally as terrified of her leaving us. All we could do was drive her to her appointments and hope that through these treatments and surgery she would get better. It was very stressful, and my grades began to suffer greatly, at one point I was almost academically dismissed.
Music was the only solace I had during this awful time in my life and that’s when I listened to Pearl Jam’s “Ten” for the first time ever. I was instantly hooked; I can honestly say I don’t think there is a bad song in that entire album! Once is a fantastic opener and Black and Jeremey are some of my top favorite Pearl Jam songs! However, one song in the album sticks out more than the others. I don’t typically get emotional with music, but as soon as I heard Release tears just started rolling down my face. It must have been with what I was going through at the time, but I just couldn’t contain my emotions. The funny part is that even though I was crying, I had a smile on my face as if for just a moment I felt some relief from the pain in my heart. It’s such a beautiful and powerful song and really helped me out during my mother’s cancer battle.
I’m happy to say that my mother is now cancer free and doing so much better! Although she is not one hundred percent, she still feels nerve pain because of the chemotherapy and radiation, she has gained some weight back and has her long, luscious hair again! When I heard the Pearl Jam tour was back on, I immediately bought some tickets to the LA Forum show this Saturday! It would mean a lot to me if the band played Release, but just being at a Pearl Jam concert is a blessing on its own. It feels great to finally get this all off my chest, thank you for reading and thank you for listening.