Sometimes People Surprise You

One of my coworkers plays in a band. It’s pretty good and gets hired often enough. I am not a musician but I admire what he does and try to attend every venue as part of the audience. I guess I am part of his groupie crowd and enjoy the camaraderie of the music world. The people are talented and colorful. They are people like no other. Each has his or her own preferences so the performances vary and are each unique. Sometimes people surprise you as to what they think is appropriate for a given listening crowd. There is something to say for novelty unless you have a string of hits that everyone wants to hear over and over again. Such is not the case with this band. It is just a local group that is getting a bit of a regional reputation. Where there is talent, there is a ready audience.

For an upcoming concert, we decided to put up flyers around the neighborhood in windows and on telephone poles and walls that would be eye catching and lure a new type of crowd. Thumb tacks were not practical so I borrowed a staple gun. A friend of mine is a painter and he stretches canvas over a wooden frame and fixes it with his staple gun. It is fast and effective. I thought I could use it to tack up the concert flyers wherever appropriate. The staple gun is easy to use and not that heavy so I toted it around for an afternoon finishing my task. I covered a lot of ground. I was hopeful that passersby would spot the signs and note the location of the band’s show. The flyer had a nice photo of the group, which by the way already has a bit of a following.

I like helping out doing something useful since I have no musical skills. My coworker has encouraged me to get to know the other players and friendships are blooming. I never thought I would relate so well to a band. I volunteered to do the flyers the next time since I already had the staple gun. Maybe I can help back stage packing up equipment or talking to the venue managers to book new gigs. I would be a little more important than a poster hanger and might even come up with some new ideas for gear and attire. I am sure my coworker didn’t expect this show of interest and felt that I had truly surprised him. Maybe he will even let me play the tambourine. Isn’t that the instrument for people who don’t know how to play anything else. I could add color to the group and wear an attractive outfit. Then we would have to take a new group photograph for the next set of flyers. I may be overstepping my bounds here, but am just trying to help. Who can’t use an extra pair of hands.