Editor’s note: This letter is satire and is part of a larger story. It will run periodically at the end of the letters section.
TO THE EDITOR:
Right after college I landed a good, cushy job set up for me in Charlotte. But, I was also in a stellar band that played semi-sold out shows at Cat’s Cradle or in someone’s living room or in the dumpster beside Craige dorm. We had this grunge-punk-doo-wop-ballad-timpani-8th grade-shoegaze sound that was real hot. We were told that a few record labels could be interested if we learned how to play our instruments and wrote better songs and stopped breathing hard into the microphone as the vocal track. They also said that we needed some genuine road experience.
So, I ditched the job in Charlotte to follow my dreams.
The whole gang headed West. Each night we’d play a little show and get to meet some of the local folks at the police station after the bar owner explained to us we could not just come in and start playing music in a private establishment.