Pip. One name, one boy, who always brings a smile to my face, and who has changed my life. But I’ll start from the beginning. My mom and I have been obsessed with The Voice since the first episode of season 1. So, very excited for season 2, it was all I talked about. I came in to school a few weeks into it and talked about it non-stop. I finally found one friend who watched it and we would always talk about it. I came in to school one day and he comes up to me asking, “Did you see The Voice last night?” The one day I had missed, I shook my head and he proceeded to tell me about this one, unique performance that stood out to him. I went home and sat down on my couch, watching, and waiting for this mysterious, bow tie and suspender wearing boy, Pip. Sure enough, his music and his story touched my heart and from that day, I knew I’d always be a fan.
While I still love her now, before Pip, Taylor Swift was my huge musical inspiration. I was a huge fan but there was always tons of fans that stood out above me and were more dedicated then me to her and her music. When I saw Pip, I made the decision that I was going to be the biggest fan there was and no one was going to be more die-heart-pipster then me. I decided this when I was watching The Voice one day and I saw all the little twitter messages at the bottom of the screen when we were in the sprint lounge with all The Voice members. I grabbed my computer and signed up for twitter, for what I swore to be, @pipsbiggestfan. Through this twitter experience I have met some of the most amazing people I have had the privilege to talk to, the pipsters (and of course, Bridget and Eileen). I knew then that maybe I wasn’t THE biggest fan, but I was a part of them.
Becoming a member of Team Bowtie and continuing to follow Pip in his journey has definitely changed my life in so many ways. For one thing, I got the opportunity to meet some of the greatest people I know, and become a part of them, the pipsters. Being a pipster has proven to me that I can commit to something (unlike my Taylor Swift experience). Listening to Pip always makes my day better, no matter how bad it’s been, and the fact that I’ve found something that can do that and make me that happy is life changing itself. The day Pip followed me on twitter is still one of the best days of my life, and I remember how exciting it was, because all I had to do was ask, and one of my dreams came true.
I remember the day of my 8th grade graduation, I was getting ready that morning and I had my YiM bracelet on (actually, it never comes off). My mom asked me whether or not Pip (because that’s how she refers to it) was going to stay on my wrist. Of course, I said yes, but I figured she’d make me take it off anyway. Instead, she replied “That’s okay. Pip has become such a big part of your life now, I guess he can stay.” I was so happy to hear this, and I realized how big a part of my life Pip has become, and sure enough, he was a big part of it.
I too, like Pip, came from a small town, and I am also a singer with limited opportunities. Pip’s story inspired me, and I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to. Pip then became my biggest inspiration.
To end everything here (sorry it’s so long), being a pipster and discovering Pip has been one of the greatest things to ever have happened to me. While I’ve never met him, by the way he treats his fans and all the things he does and says, Pip is one of the nicest people I know. I knew, just from seeing him on The Voice, I said, even if he doesn’t win here, it doesn’t matter, because he is going to be big. I just hope that one day, I will have the pleasure to meet him. I’ll be here, supporting him forever, and I am proud to call myself a Pipster.
– Natalie Stevens aka – @pipsbiggestfan