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Monologue with Luke Jackson

Jackson, Luke
Stewart, Matthew
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; childhood adventures; then and now
Luke Jackson talks about his interests in high school and college, and about his family.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Matthew Stewart interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
LJ (Luke Jackson): All right. Is it recording already? Okay. Well, my name is Luke Jackson. I'm from Concord, North Carolina. I've been living in the Charlotte area for about six years now. I'm currently a senior at UNC Charlotte, studying to hopefully become an accountant at some point in time. Let's see. I guess I can talk about some of the stuff I was involved in high school. Uh, when I was in high school I played soccer and ran track all four years. Soccer was a total blast and I've really missed it since I've been in college. I would've played some intramural or club soccer here at Charlotte but I just don't have the time right now. Anyway, uh, when I played high school ball, I was mainly positioned at defensive midfield, uh, which, basically, means that I didn't have that many opportunities to put the ball in the goal, but it was cool. Like I said, I really enjoyed soccer, uh, really with the exception of the head coach, who was totally lame. I guess I pretty much stayed on his bad side throughout my time on the team for various reasons. I always tried really hard and practiced hard and everything, but my personality just didn't seem to gel with that of the coach. You know, he was always hounding me to be more of a leader on the team, and to lead by example and all that shit. Oh, sorry. But I had a lot of good times on the team. Every summer the team would go to, uh, this soccer camp at Catawba, which was a blast. We had to bust our asses, but it was, it was still a cool time. I was All-Conference my junior and senior years, which was really cool because it was sort of a way for me to have the last laugh with my coach. But that's, that's water under the bridge, I suppose. [Pause] I ran track also while in high school, which, uh, wasn't the most enjoyable time of my life. I basically ran just to keep in shape during the off season of soccer. I did fairly well but I was never really given the chance to run the events that I wanted to. They always put me in the long distance events, the mile and half mile, even though I wanted to run shorter distances. But it worked out because it really helped me develop a pretty strong wind, which, uh, helped out with my soccer training. Also, some of my other soccer buddies ran track so there were some really cool moments along the way. But our track team was pretty sorry, overall. We always got waxed, no matter who we went up against. But there really wasn't much to be done. Like, we didn't even have a pole-vaulter so we lost a lot of points right there. Outside of sports, I also play the guitar, and I've played in various rock bands through the years which has been great. If I had to choose between music and sports, then I would, I would definitely lean toward music. Music has always been an important part of my life. Growing up, both my parents played the piano a lot, so there was always music to be heard in the household. I played the French horn while in middle school, and I was always, I was always embarrassed by it for the longest time. Looking back, it was worth it because it taught me a lot about reading music and music theory and stuff like that. It really made it easier for me to learn to play the guitar also because I could already read music and I could tell if the guitar was in tune or not. Uh, as far as the music that I play, well, I guess I've dipped into many different styles and whatnot. Starting off, I played a lot of really heavy rock music, I guess due to the whole teenage angst type thing. But lately I've been listening to more bluesy sounding rock, along with some folk rock sounding music, much like the music of the late 60s and early 70s, like Woodstock ,'69 not '99. Playing music has al-, has really also helped me meet some really cool people and unique people. It just seems that people that are involved in music have the type of personality that I can, that I can relate to. To me, there's nothing cooler than sitting around with a couple of buddies, playing guitar, maybe drinking a brew or two, just sitting back and letting the music do the talking. I don't really have that much to talk about. Oh okay. I guess I can talk about my family for a little bit. All right. My dad's a southern Baptist preacher, so I guess that's a good starting point. Usually when I tell people that my dad's a preacher, then they kind of shy away, like they're afraid that I've led some kind of sheltered existence, which couldn't be more wrong. My dad is totally open in terms of how I choose to live my life. He's never told me to stop listening to a certain kind of music or that I shouldn't watch a particular TV show or anything like that. My mom is the same exact way. Uh, but there are times when she might tell me to act politely because people from our church was going to be around. Other than that, I feel that I had a perfectly normal childhood. I have a 16 year old brother, he's almost 17. We're like best friends. When I moved out to go to college, it was the most difficult not being able to spend time with him. 'Cause we always spent so much time together. You know, we'd play sports, you know, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, all that kind of stuff. We'd also just hang out and listen to music and stuff like that. I also have a sister, she's 27, I think. It's hard to keep track. I know that sounds bad. Me and my sister have never really been that close, and it's really because we're just totally different people. My sister has always been the socialite and I've been the rough and tumble guy that listens to rock music and wears tie-dyed shirts. She enjoys long trips to the mall, while I'd prefer a rock concert. [Pause] I'll be graduating soon, and that's kind of scary. I'm not exactly sure where I'll end up or what I'll be doing. Time will tell. Uh, in a way, I'd like to put a little distance between me and my family. Not out of spite, but, really because I want to experience something new. I've always been relatively close to home, and I haven't had the chance to see very much of the country so I'd like to test my wings a little bit, you know, just to see where it takes me. This summer I hope to have a chance to travel around a little bit and see what's out there. Hopefully I'll have plenty of time to see all that I need to see, but I don't know. Maybe I'll play some music over the summer, get something together with some of my friends. Seeing some concerts is also on the agenda, definitely, definitely. If I don't have to work too much then I'm sure there are going to be some really memorable moments. I kind of feel like I need to experience certain things before I get too old to enjoy them. Like rock climbing and sky diving and rafting, bungee jumping and all that kind of stuff.