Yes, we should TOTALLY share our stories of how we discovered Jay! :) Thanks for the thread, Janl!!!!
I've known Jay for all my life but I never really Googled him or anything like that. My parents said that he was some useless artist who mumbles and has no talent whatsoever. That was really insulting to me, even though I didn't really get to know him that time. Whatever was the case, I had a feeling that Jay has a hidden charisma that will really take your breath away.
June 19th 2006: The first time I saw Jay, on the news, with reporters saying something about taking his son out for a walk. But that was just plain bull shit because it was 2006 and he was sooooooooooooooo not married at that time.
January 3rd 2009: The second time I saw him, on a Chinese new Year Spring Gala performance with this kid. My first impression? Crazy. I think we should all watch that video again to refresh our memories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olWXOEqfcD0
October 15th 2007: Secret was on and my mother told me to watch something piano related because that is what I'm dealing with at the moment and I might find inspiration. I did, but I did not understand the plot of the movie.
My passion for Jay began from my favourite pianist, Yundi Li. He was my inspiration to the love of Chopin's music.
May 22nd 2010: I got to Yundi's collaborations with Jay. I personally thought that both of them played very well but I had no idea how versatile Jay was. He was left alone. :(
August 2010 was THE ERA of my Jay discovery.
August 3rd 2010: My first Jay song was Retreat. I fell immediately in love with it. Yes, his pronunciations were not clear, but music can express a thousand things better than words.
I watched Secret again in that year and I absolutely loved the plot, now that I understood it. It got me very motivated and I cried every time I got to the end. It's just so emotional!
Later on, I gradually fell for him, for his works, movies, voice, personality, ideas, and on October 6th of that year, I discovered this website. And I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This website really got me to understand of the real Jay, from being so unapproachable to the friendliest shy artist there is.
My collections for this man is only online. The songs, movies, photos, videos, anything. I guess you'll have to say that I'm fairly addicted to him because the excuses are endless!!!!!!!! In fact, there should be NO EXCUSE to people hating him.
I love Jay for his music, his performance, how he inspired me to write my own songs, his good habits, his love for pink ( JUST SO CUTE), dimples, and the way that he changed my old personality. He really got me thinking that life is a self directed and acted creation and you should cherish it while you have it. Without him, I would have never felt so refreshed, so free and so alive.