A couple of weeks ago, Lindsay over at Rock and Roll Mama was giving away a copy of Stephanie Kuehnert’s I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. Readers had to leave a comment on this post stating the name of your all time favorite band. On Friday, August 15th she would use the random number generator to pick a winner. That’s it. Easy-peasy. I left my comment—The Beatles (with Pink Floyd coming in a close second) and mentioned that I should win since the drawing would be held on my birthday.
Well, apparently the little gnomes that run the random number generator felt the same way because my number was picked! This morning when I checked the mail there was a package from the USPS leaning up against the house. My book had arrived!
As soon as I had the package in my hand I knew I had to blog about winning. And aren’t all posts better when accompanied by a photo? Why, yes they are, so here is a shot of G-tot, me, and my prize taken with Photo Booth moments after checking the mail. It may not be the most flattering shot of me but I don’t care. This is reality at its finest people.
I hadn’t showered yet, my hair is all funky, I’ve got a stupid look on my face, and I’m wearing the oldest shirt I own (that I still wear). It just happens to be the perfect shirt for this post.
It’s my Pink Floyd concert shirt from their 1994 tour. It’s full of tiny holes and is so ragged looking that I only wear it to bed—but it is one of the most comfortable shirts I own. Plus, it has sentimental value. Over the years I’ve owned dozens of shirts from concerts I’ve attended. And over the years those shirts have disappeared. Gone is my Motley Crue shirt from the Dr. Feelgood tour. Gone are my Anthrax shirt from the Headbanger’s Ball tour. Gone are the Bulletboys, Metallica, Poison, Skid Row, Pantera, Tesla, and Faster Pussycat t-shirts—along with so many others.
I have just three concert shirts left—a Ted Nugent shirt from my very first concert (I was just nine years old with my Dad at Cobo Hall in Detroit), a Tom Petty shirt from a concert JQ & I went to in 2002, and my beloved Pink Floyd shirt. Which I wear all the time. I fear the day when I pull it out of the dryer and it’s in shreds.
So, up there in that picture I’m wearing my Floyd shirt 14 years after I bought it. Oh…and I’m not wearing any pants.
I don’t hang on to the shirt merely because of it’s comfort factor. I hang on to it because of the memories entwined in its fibers. Memories that are full of music. Music has this amazing ability to touch our lives in so many ways. So many important moments in my life have a soundtrack connected to them. It sounds like that’s also true for Emily in I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. According to Lindsay, “Stephanie Kuehnert delivers a raw, pitch perfect story of a daughter longing to connect to her mother through music.” I can’t wait to start reading. Thanks, Lindsay!