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A Letter To My Younger Self, Brian ‘Head’ Welch

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 7 October 2013 at 13.54

The Korn guitarist pens a note to the man he used to be as his band release new album ‘The Paradigm Shift’ today.


Hey lil' B,

This may hurt a little, but you need to hear it, so brace yourself. You're gonna grow up to be one complicated dude! You'll be extremely happy on one hand, and extremely dark and depressed on the other. There will be a constant war between both extremes until the day you breakthrough to become the person you were meant to be. Only then will life make sense to you, let me explain.

In the future, you're going to be given two cups to drink. In the first cup, the drink will taste very sweet. You will get everything you ever wanted and more. All of your dreams will come true. You'll be happy & goofy and you'll make many people laugh a lot. You'll love life and wonder how and why such success is happening to little ol' you. A wild, obnoxious punk rock chick will come into your life and you'll fall in love and start a family. Money will be no object because you will sell millions and millions of albums, and your band will be named after a vegetable. Yes, I said vegetable, but you'll spell it wrong so it will work, trust me! At times, you will be around some of the most famous musicians of all time - from Madonna, to Paul McCartney, to Eminem, to Metallica. But remember, this is only the sweet cup, there will be another cup you will have to drink.

In the second cup, the drink will taste very sour and bitter. You will become someone that you hate. You will encounter temptations that you will have no power to overcome. You will fall into a pit of despair and won't be able to climb out on your own. You will wish for death, but you will be too fearful to actually take your own life. You will turn into someone that you look down on by becoming nothing but a low life drug addict. You'll move from one drug to another, addicted and serving every drug as if they are all your masters. You will abuse yourself, your lovers and enter into a self hatred that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. You will be rich, but your money won't be able to help you. You will be tired and confused and totally lost, at your dead end with no hope. But suddenly, like a truck on a freeway smacks a bug going 80 mph on the windshield - everything in your life will change in a blink of an eye.

Love will awaken in your heart for the first time. Not a love that fades like the love relationships you will ruin throughout your life. This is a love that won't die. The person who gives this love is a laughing stock to most people. They compare this person to Santa Clause, or the tooth fairy, but you will know Him as your EVERYTHING. He is not only a man, but all male and female characteristics come from Him. Calling this person a "He" is only a human term because this person is God, who is EVERYTHING.

Many people will totally ridicule you for this, but you won't care, because for once in your life, your heart will be alive, and unlike all other loves, this love will never fade; it will keep growing and growing until the day you walk through the veil into your real life as a spirit being - just like the angels.

You will one day find a way to balance this great love on the inside of you, and the crazy goofy comedian guy that you are. People will start to warm up to you again after a while, but you will always hold this hidden secret in your heart as your favourite treasure in life. Everything will flow from this treasure inside of you: love, music, relationships, perseverance, peace, laughter, strength, goofiness, and every other thing in life.

Hang in there, lil' B. You have to walk this road to find out what many will never experience, which is this: Christ will actually be in you and you will become one with God by experiencing this incredible reality continuously. Your life is going to end up killer, yo!

10-4, good buddy!

Korn's new album 'The Paradigm Shift' is out today via Prospect Park/Caroline International.

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