I received my personal hardback copy of The Openers today. My edition includes, of course, a hard cover that’s black with silver writing on the spine. The back flap has two extra big photos on it with one of my favorite quotes from the book. I’m in love with this look and if people are interested, I will make this hardback version available for purchase (but it will be much more expensive than the paperback version).
When I first told my parents that I was quitting my job at the gas station to travel around the country with my band as an opening act for Octopus Pie, my mom cried. She turned away from me and into Dad’s embrace and sobbed, “Our baby is growing up so fast!”
Granted, not everyone’s parents reacted the same way mine did. As soon as I had been assured by my parents that it was going to be the time of my life, and had them help me make a list of things to pack, they had gone off to a concert of one of their old rock friends who was still able to take the stage without breaking a hip. I called up the twins, Bronte and Steg Lexington, to see how their talk had gone. It was apparently the typical rant from their parents. “We want you successful, not gay and not with a pregnant girlfriend and a band. Successful.” I’m sure their parents hadn’t said those exact words, but that was the paraphrase the boys had given me.
Mom helped me pack a duffle bag of my clothes and toiletries and Dad bought me a few extra pairs of my favorite drum sticks. Throughout packing and even up until now—the last few hours before heading out—they keep falling into a reminiscent state of when they had been in bands and played shows as openers for a few big names. I’ll mention something about needing to remember toothpaste and Dad will jump into a story about someone using denture cream to fix a broken mic stand or Mom will tear up remembering the many wonderful moments with her band members sharing the same toothbrush for two months.
I love them. I love that they’re supporting me when I know Bronte, Steg, and Pierce aren’t being supported, but I want to get away from them. I want to get on the road and start playing shows. I want to live in the music and let the music live off me.
You can purchase your paperback copy of The Openers on lulu.com right now for $14.50!