Remember that album that’s been my secret shame? Well, that was spurred by this event that my old buddies had goaded me into doing. Last May, they suddenly reached out to me, asking if I can front for their band. Not just for an impromptu session, mind you. But to help them open for a concert in Cologne. It’s just a one time deal. Just to be able to get the guys together and have a great time. I thought at first that they were playing a cruel joke. I haven’t sang for decades! They kept on calling me and leaving obscene messages in my Facebook inbox. But then I realized they were serious when one other good friend had come out of the US to join them. Now this guy was a hermit and it’s difficult to even invite him in reunions. But they managed to persuade him. So I finally relented. What’s more was that I haven’t gone outside the country for months now and I miss Europe. With free airfare, accommodations and some extra moolah on the side, I knew this was going to be sweet. But then, had I known then what I knew now. I wouldn’t have done it!
(to be continued)
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