31 Days Of Blogging Honesty: Day 05

Day 05 — The person (outside of my family) who has had the greatest influence on my life is…

Prince. I am a lover of music and while growing up my sister and I were huge Prince fans. I listened to his sexually explicit lyrics in songs like Darling Nikki, Dance Music Sex Romance, and Head and they made a big impression on my child and adolescent life. I believe he’s a big reason I was the way I turned out as a teenager. His music along with a few other things shaped the course of my adolescent life. Of course I don’t blame Prince for the thoughts I had or the actions I took but him and his music planted a seed that my hormones and imagination watered.

He surrounded himself with beautiful and sexy women but he seemed to objectify them as well. If it weren’t for my parents instilling in me the best a man should be, I might have still become the selfish person I was as a teen.

I can’t and won’t fully put the blame on Prince because there were many influences in my teenage years but I think I became both the exhibitionist and voyeur because of his music and especially some of his lyrics. I am a much different person today but still some remnants remain. I’m just being honest here…

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  1. #1 by sunnydelyte21 on May 9, 2011 - 4:47 PM

    I like Prince…he was always in tune with himself and women…in a wierd way that made you feel good about being sexy. Idk

    Great Post!! I enjoyed it!

    • #2 by Tom Baker on May 9, 2011 - 5:02 PM

      I saw your comment on Shumpynella’s blog and visited your site today and I admit I did not leave a comment. I apologize. I will re-visit. Thanks for coming by. I’m not proud of some of the things I did when I was younger so this post doesn’t celebrate Prince, but I have to admit up until I changed my ways, he was the biggest influence in my life. I still love his music and almost even met him at his home.

  2. #3 by Cherlyn on May 9, 2011 - 3:48 PM

    I think I may have misread this article or something, because I don’t think I’d want to be bragging about being influenced by someone who objectifies women. Oh wells, we are who are. An interesting answer none-the-less!

    • #4 by Tom Baker on May 9, 2011 - 3:52 PM

      I was stating a fact, not bragging at all. I need to reread my response because I did not want it to come across that way. Sorry.

  3. #5 by savesprinkles1234 on May 9, 2011 - 8:46 AM

    Ain’t nutin’ wrong with a little exibitionism. I just don’t want to catch you peeking in my windows–after all, you have a classic first name for voyeurism, don’tcha!!! :) A very honest post! I liked Prince, too, back in the day!

    • #6 by Tom Baker on May 9, 2011 - 3:53 PM

      Never really thought about the name thing but I guess it did fit.

  4. #7 by Gwen Greene on May 9, 2011 - 6:59 AM

    I’ve read about 10 posts on your blog this morning and as I’ve stated in previous comments I really like it. I can see how an impressionable child can get interested in sexual things and at an early age be influenced by them. Sex and all that is involved is an adult, mature subject and not meant for children. I am happy you’ve turned yourself around but what were some of the things you did as a teen? That is if you don’t mind sharing.

    • #8 by Tom Baker on May 9, 2011 - 4:01 PM

      My very first three post of this blog are true stories and are very accurate. I think a later post explains more about my shameful past.

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