Will Hoge popped up on my ipod today in the random mix. “Rock n’ Roll Star” – about a young kid being lured by a recording contract. Made me smile.
As previously noted, music will be a serious element of my birthday party and this song will be part of the soundtrack. Will is famous in Tennessee but I expect it will be a pretty obscure choice for the Vancouver crowd.
It all started when my friend and I were pleasantly surprised that the opening band for Midnight Oil were so good. We started seriously listening and bought their CD in the lobby at the end of the show. I bought a couple extra to force on other people to support Will 🙂
At that point they were four young kids touring North America to promote their first CD. I have this habit of engaging people in conversation so my effusive enthusiasm scored us a place on the guest list for the next evening’s concert.
It was the first time a band had put me on the guest list! My friend had a bit of a crush on the bass player so I managed to convince her to leave the house for a second night in a row – on a Sunday. To support my boy Will – and to see Midnight Oil for a second time (they have a whole story of their own…)
Just goes to show. Channel my grandmother and engage young people. Be supportive when they are starting out in their careers and they just might put you on the guest list! And even if they don’t, you will have connected with someone and helped to give his career – and self-esteem – a boost. It’s a reward in its own right.