Greetings to everyone, I am a 44 year old veterinarian who has listened to Incubus for years, and would say that they are my favorite band. I love music in general, play guitar, and have a wide range of tastes as far as what music I like. I grew up listening to 60's and 70's "classic rock", was into hair bands in the 80's, but the 90's was the decade where music really spoke to me. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, Lallapalooza bands are some of my favorites. I first heard Incubus when I was flipping through cable channels and I stumbled across Wish You Were Here on MTV. I am not sure what year it was, but I was in my late 20's, had graduated from veterinary school, and was keeping up with current music less and less. I immediately liked the song and went out and bought the album, and continued to buy albums as they came out. What I love about the band is the unique sound. I like metal, punk, funk, jazz, a little hip hop. Most bands can be categorized by their sound, but your band cannot. The sound and style are completely unique. It has enough edge or distortion to satisfy me but it is so much more creative and melodic beyond garden variety head banging or mosh pit thrash. It is incredibly intelligent, creative and soulful.
So, to the point, why am I writing this. I have been having a bit of a midlife crisis and am trying to get back in touch with what excites me in life. I am very intelligent, but I would not say I am creative. I am also a bit introverted. I have been watching live Incubus performances and interviews on youtube and thinking about my own talents and abilities, what makes me useful. One of the things that impresses me about artists is their ability to create something from nothing. I can play some of your songs on the guitar but people don't realize how hard and amazing it is to be able to actually make it, write it, develop it from nothing. I am a great problem solver, a very good surgeon. I have been very creative putting intestines back together, doing reconstructive skin surgery, removing tumors, etc., but this is essentially puzzle solving with a little bit of art involved in the use of surgical tools, suture, etc. It is not creating something from nothing. What is equally as impressive as the creation of music or art is having the balls to put it out in front of people and allow them to judge it. I can sing a little but as soon as I get up in front of a crowd the fear of being judged or laughed at arises and I can't produce the same sound as I can when I am alone. I have imagined trying to do surgery with hundreds or thousands of people watching me and I don't know if I could do it. I am amazed at your ability to let go and play your songs without any reserve or hesitation. The music is incredible and evokes very strong emotions, but it is the intelligence and thoughtfulness that I hear in the music and your interviews that solidifies your band as my favorite. It is what inspired me to write this.
I am not one to join fan clubs, in fact this is the first time I have ever done something like this. I don't even know all of the names of the Incubus band members. I am the type of guy that will buy every piece of music and know all the songs by heart but I have not really been interested in following the people who create the music. I just decided for the first time in my life I was going step outside of my comfort zone and bear a little of my soul, and reach out to a band that truly inspires me. Listening to your performances and interviews has helped me get excited again about life and what I can contribute to it. In addition to the sheer enjoyment and emotional release I get from your tunes they have made me think a lot about my own enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication, and effort I put into my profession. Having never written a fan letter before in my life I don't know if you get this type of stuff all the time, but it was important to me to let Incubus know that they inspire me to be a better doctor, and have helped me stay energized about my continued professional development and helped me think about how I can be creative and stay current in my own field. I hope this didn't sound too crazy, and look forward to more music, inspiration, and being a part of this site.