“There’s nothing quite like playing on a stage for an audience, it is an incredible rush,” said Jacob Crawford, a Running Start student at South Puget Sound Community College.
Crawford has been playing guitar for about five years. Among other artists, Solo guitarist Joe Satriani inspired Crawford as he began creating his own sound.
Crawford said that when he started playing, “I learned a lot of Van Halen songs…[which] taught me to just have fun.”
For Crawford the fun really began in middle school when he performed in the school’s talent show. He had been playing guitar for two years when he took the stage with a melody from Van Halen’s “Eruption.”
“As soon as I started playing,” he said, “my mind went blank and I started to freak out…But my fingers kept playing and somehow I pulled it off.”
Crawford said that he had a great time and won $150.
As passionate about music as he is, Crawford has devoted his academic life to pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts as well as fitness and health. These are areas of interest for him, and, according to Crawford, more stable career options than that of a musician.
“I will still continue to pursue that ‘Rock Star’ dream…but I’m not going in without a security net,” said Crawford.
Crawford took a music theory course in fall quarter, but believes that music is not something that can be learned in a classroom.
“I am still going to learn what’s necessary,” he said, “but I don’t want to cage myself in with formulas and rules.”