I guess that, in this space, I'm supposed to write about why I'm a fan.
At the risk of sounding cliche, and then sentimental...I guess I'll just be honest.
I am a fan of Ozzy Osbourne because the man is truly amazing.
Now, a disclaimer. I'm fairly young. In my early twenties, in fact. I was not around during Black Sabbath's heyday, nor was I aware when Ozzy began his hugely successful singles career. Heck, I wasn't even really playing much attention to anything but being a middle schooler when the infamous TV-reality-show known as "The Osbournes" came on MTV.
I'm sure that, even if I had been aware during those times, my parents wouldn't have let me join in the fun.
However, now, sitting here, I am an adult, and I "stumbled" upon Ozzy's single, "Let Me Hear You Scream" about a month ago. Honestly, I knew very little about Ozzy, besides the things I'd heard in general: He's a rockstar, a miracle man, a brilliant artist, etc.
I was instantly blown away by him. "Let Me Hear You Scream" was everything that a song should be: fun, dark, great riffs, and so on. Even the video was a blast.
Being the compulsive nerd that I am, I had to know more about the Prince of Darkness.
To make a long story short, in the time since I've watched that first video (about a month at this point), I've bought three Black Sabbath albums, two of Ozzy's albums (and working on two others, haha), bought (and read) Ozzy amazing autobiography, YouTubed the crap outta him (heh hehe) and, for all intents and purposes, have proclaimed him to be a kindred spirit.
And that, that is what has drawn me so strongly to Ozzy Osbourne. He's a genuinely nice, authentically funny guy who, while misunderstood, has a strong spirit. Through his years of battling with drugs, what really struck me after reading his book is that he never gave up. Day by day, step by step, Ozzy Osbourne has survived and, even now, continually carves out his legacy. His is an amazing story. And even when he was painted as the literal Devil by the media, Ozzy never, even hid his smile. His kind, genuine, bright smile.
Again, it is something I'm drawn to.
Ozzy is what a lot of hard rock/heavy metal musicians are not. When explaining it to someone else, I could only describe it thusly: "Ozzy is dark without being depressing." I find myself often in that situation. I like metal, I collect blades, I wander the night, I love the Dark...I also love to smile, to laugh, to love, and I love the Light. It is not a contradiction to love both. And as I watch a man called the Prince of Darkness also lovingly kiss his wife and children...my beliefs are confirmed.
And that makes me very, very happy.
So, yes, I am a huge fan of Ozzy Osbourne. I've actually, within the time I've truly known him, drawn strength from several of his songs. "Life Won't Wait," has helped me to hang in there when a really tough situation arose; "Let Me Hear You Scream" helped be to get my frustrations out; "Dreamer" gave me hope, and the list goes on and on. Ozzy is an amazing man, an amazing musician...
Dare I say I love the guy? Haha, I guess I shall.
Now, I should be shot for missing him when he came near my area a few years ago, but, cross my heart and hope to fly, I will DEFINITELY go see Ozzy when his Live comes to town again. I can't do anything less.
And, honestly, if I'm going to be a little Dark Queen, I have to take notes from the Lord of Darkness!
Love and Peace, and Rock on, everyone.
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- "I Don't Wanna Stop"
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"All my life I've been over the top/I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't wanna stop/All fired up I'm going to go 'till I drop/You're either in or in the way don't make me/I don't wanna stop."
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