Another Shot

By Jeffery Zable

Then that song, “Stairway to Heaven” came on, which made me shout out instinctively, “Take that shit off or I’m outta here!”

And that’s when some guy who looked like Robert Plant came up to my table and said, “You don’t like that song!? That is our signature piece. Millions and millions of people love it. How is it possible that you don’t love it too!”

“Listen, Mr. Plant,” I responded in a less than friendly tone, “I’m not one of those people! The lyrics to that song are schmaltzy. And I don’t like the chord changes either. I did enjoy your first two albums, but after that, I pretty much stopped listening to you guys. Beyond that, I hardly listen to other music from that era: Hendrix, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Eric Burden and the Animals. . . Just too painful. Reminds me of when I was a young man and still hopeful.”

“That’s a shame!” he replied. “That stuff anchors me. Actually gives me hope: Hendrix, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Eric Burden and the Animals. . . Listening to those folks is what keeps me going.”

“Perfectly understandable!” I responded. “By the way, I’m sure you knew a lot of great musicians personally. Please, sit down and tell me a bit of your story.”

And as soon as he was in the chair, I asked, “What’s it like being a rock star? Being on the road all the time? Playing for thousands of people? “

“It’s terrible on relationships since you’re always leaving friends and loved ones behind. But you gotta keep moving and giving your fans what they want. You gotta stay in the public eye. Then there’s always the illusion that you’re larger than life because your fans treat you like royalty; always telling you how much they love you. Fame is a drug. A drug that’s almost impossible to kick!”

And as he rose to his feet, he said apologetically, “Sorry, but I must catch a plane. Promise me you’ll try that song again with headphones on in a garden or by the sea. . .”

“Will do!” I responded. “It’s worth another shot!”

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