|Vital started as a two man
band in 1993. The original members were Shannon
and Aaron. From
here the band grew with the addition of Chris Nappier, our former percussionist.
After Chris left the band, Derek
picked up in his place. With the addition of Derek was William
|One problem that has always
plagued the band has been financial concerns. I suppose this is due
to the fact that we are all students or work to survive. With limited
support from our parents, the purchasing of music equipment can be very
taxing. However, one thing remains true, it doesn't matter if it
is a busted amplifier or a two piece drum set; this band will not give
|The first song that was
written in December of 1994 was given the title of Waiting Here.
This was mainly a weepy ballad about puppy love. Since most musicians
rely on their influences, most of the early music had a very soft Bon Jovi
tempo. This gave Shannon and Aaron the inspiration to press forward
and write more songs. The songs kept getting more intelligible and
me your name!
|The band went through several
different names along the way, each with it's own significance. The
first name taken was Vital. In the beginning we collectively
thought that this represented a feeling of power. Upon reflection,
the name was changed to Mortal Ballad. As one of my
friends once said, "That is pretty damn melodramatic". Well, we agreed
with this. So we wanted to try something a little more catchy, with
a little more flare. Thus the name Jacob's Ladder was
born. We stuck with this title for a year and found ourselves feeling
like a Christian band. We collectively are not Christians, except
for William "Dicky" Christian whom is stuck being a Christian, and we did
not portray a Christian image. In the end we have found that sticking
with what works is the best policy.