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Douglas, AZ

It's not my life that it has impacted as much as a friend of mine's. About 6 years ago he passed away at the age of 16 to Leukemia. We had met in the 6th grade and he moved into a house across the street from me oddly enough and stayed friends until his death about 5 years later. We had discussed music as casual conversation, but it never the less turned to Metallica. He had just about every album, shirt etc., you name it, he knew about it and or owned it. Every band was faithfully compared to them in style, complexity, ability, or just plain listening quality. Metallica was something we always had to fall back on. When he was ill and in the hospital for the last time, our conversation again turned to Metallica in that the release of their new album (at that time Load) was about to hit sometime that year I believe, sadly he passed before hearing any of the long awaited release. At his funeral a lot of the kids from our school attended and the pastor, whom he was close with, gave a speech on how music had shaped his life and how he looked at things. They brought in a stereo and proceeded to play "Nothing Else Matters", while everyone sat in utter silence and listened and cried. Never have I heard it played that clearly in my life, before or since. I still live across the street from his Family and talk to them on occasion. I actually did a small paper in a guitar class I took at the local community college on the ability and influence of Kirk Hammet, and I have heard people talk about the strength of the Metallica and such, but it always turns me back to my friend. I have visited his gravesite often and talked to him and let him know about what was happening in life and the band etc. Whenever I hear Metallica, especially "Nothing Else Matters", I can't help but sing along in remembrance of my friend Tyler. So I guess it has impacted my life in a way that may not have impacted others. I have always dreamed of sending Metallica a letter and or phone call or telling them face to face about how they had helped brighten my friend's life during his dark hours and or how it had brought us together, but never knew where to start. One day, perhaps if I make it big with a band (drumming for the last 9 years), or if the fates allow, I will get the chance.

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