“Sometimes I’m pissed off because many of my friends have died and returned to life after medical care. They’ve had a second chance and still continue taking drugs without remedy. But Jimmy only had one chance and that was it. Jimmy saved the life of one of our friends in a hotel room, because the dude had overdosed with drugs. Jimmy was the one who brought him back to life, called the ambulance and everything else. And now he is still alive and Jimmy is dead because of prescription medicine.”—- M.Shadows (via itsrocknrolloritsnothing)
I’ve lost track of how many people began following me today and in the last few weeks, but wanted to say ‘hey’. I’m not terrifically exciting but am into A7X, I’m a Jimmy girl, and I love writing. Feel free to chat me up; I’m usually around and will always respond when I get the message.
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“Life will beat you down if you let it. You just gotta fight back. Keep going. If you dont, it’ll take you out. But if you can just find it in yourself to drag your ass through the beatings and keep going, then you can take anything.”—Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. (via sdnz0r)
Another year has gone by without you here. I don’t know where you are, as my beliefs have changed so much in the last two years, but I like to think you’re with me when I need you.
Not much has really happened, Jimmy, since we last spoke. I’m still writing, still trying to get published, and still alive. I know that last bit sounds dramatic, but after the year, almost two years now, that I’ve had, I think you can understand why I say that. But I’m moving forward and I’d like to think I’m stronger than I give myself credit for.
I still miss you and I still think about you daily. I hope you are happy, wherever you are. I don’t know what I completely believe anymore, but I think there’s an afterlife and I think there’s a holding place for those not yet done. I think you’re in this holding place and that allows you to be with the people that need you most.
I’ve applied for a part time job and it sounds like I might have snagged an interview. I really hope you’ll cross your fingers for me, as I have that tricky little problem to address: why I got fired. “Because my boss didn’t like me” isn’t a very good answer. So, help me through that because it will come up whether I like it or not.
Two years since we lost you and two years without Betty. I bet you two are raising hell wherever you are, because I don’t think Mama was done, either. She’d have loved you and I hope she was able to meet you. Some day, I hope I get to meet you and tell you how much you inspired me to write again.
Until then, Jimmy, be happy, be free, and keep rockin’!
I first heard of A7X through Good Charlotte. I’d recently moved to a new town in Iowa and since it’s larger than my hometown, there were different tv channels. I found something called “Fuse” and settled into see what it was about. I quickly realized it was a music channel that was much better than MTV! While I was relaxing before bed, the video for “The River” came on and I got excited; I’ve always liked Good Charlotte and hadn’t heard of a new album. I saw the names Synyster Gates and M. Shadows and thought the names were stupid; who the hell goes by such names? I then tried to figure out which one was which in the video, but had no luck. I liked the non-GC dude who was singing (thought that was Gates…oops *laughs*), but didn’t think much of it.
Eventually, I decided to research those “stupid” names. It turns out I liked a couple of their songs already (MIA and Beast and the Harlot), so I decided to listen to more. The Self-Titled was the album that sold me. I started researching the band and getting my hands on whatever music or information I could. I fell in love with Jimmy right away! His drumming just blew me away and made me wish I’d defied my dad (at the ripe old age of…8? 9?) and learned the drums. I lived my drumming dream through Jimmy, learning to drum on the steering wheel or table =) and marveling at his talent.
I became a die-hard fan the second I connected the dots after seeing “The River” video. The biggest story, though, is my writing:
I got the writing bug back in the sixth grade. I spent my teen years writing in notebook after notebook (we didn’t get a computer until I was in college) and on mom’s old typewriter. I majored in English in college and then, around 2006, I lost the bug. I just stopped writing. My friends tried to help, suggesting journals (I lost my favorite and stopped journaling) and poetry. I’m no good at poetry, so I gave that up as well. Then, I found A7X and Jimmy. In January 2008, when I should’ve been doing homework for a course I was taking, I started writing. It was a fan-fic, but I didn’t care; I had an idea and I was going to run with it.
It turns out Jimmy re-ignited my passion for writing. I wrote an entire series with him as the main character (which I am now turning into an original novel for (hopefully) publication); I started writing again. I do write some fan-fic, but I am starting to get new story characters and I have Jimmy to thank for that. Of my new characters, one is named for Jimmy because he’s the reason I started writing again. If it wasn’t for him (and A7X), I’d have never gotten my passion back. I have been to three of their concerts and hope to meet them one day and tell them my story. It might sound cheesy to some, but I will be forever grateful to Jimmy and the band for igniting my passion for writing. They have done much more than that, but to me, that stands out as the biggest thing they have done for me and I will always be grateful for that.
It’s not the 28th here yet, but I will make sure to post some Rev pictures tomorrow when it is. In the mean time, for those of you for whom it is the 28th, remember to celebrate Jimmy. It’s natural to want to cry or be depressed, but Jimmy was such an outgoing spirit, let’s bring that spirit back. The time to cry and mourn has passed; it’s time to celebrate this amazing guy that we all had the privilege of knowing. Celebrate his life, his spirit, his music, but try not to cry; Jimmy wouldn’t want that.
When people CONTINUE to talk to about the wives/girlfriends. Like, why are they relevant? I don’t hate them, I don’t love them. They exist. Like grass. Itchy and annoying but has some sort of purpose. Or sand. Whatever. Drop it. Damn.