Before I go on with the rest of my post, I just have to say, boy has it been cold here. You only get sun dogs when it’s really, really cold. Here’s one from earlier this week:
Yeah, so our nice little winter has turned fierce, but there are plenty of other things warming my heart these days. The least of which was a phone call Friday night. “Is Nick there?” said the woman on the other end. “I have someone here who would like to talk to him about getting together to practice for their band.”
The band already has a name — Devils Lake. Those of you living in our region know this as the name of a North Dakota city. I learned later that Nick had thought of the name while watching the weather forecast with his father. When he heard “Devils Lake,” he said, “That’s what I want my band to be named.”
Of course, I’m sure Troy was thinking, The Band That He’ll Have Someday. But no, Nick had something more immediate in mind. So, the two first-graders plotted and set up their first practice session.
A few minutes after setting it up, I heard a strange sound come from the room near where I was chuckling about Nick’s new band. “Are you okay?” I asked, thinking it was a piercing cry. “Yeah, just excited,” he said. Apparently in trying to stay calm, he let out a happy squeal; thus the strange sound.
So, here we go. Six years old and already seeking the rock and roll stage. Although…apparently some of the band members won’t have their gear until next Christmas, because they don’t have any cash of their own so they have to wait to ask for it from Santa. That’s how Nick got his electric guitar.
And by the way, from what we’ve heard, Santa would not have followed through on the request for a Dean Baby ML unless there was a true showing of promise as a future guitarist. We, too, don’t think it’s just for show; Nick’s interest and quick learning has surprised us. For now, we’re going with it.
I just hope he’s not too disappointed when things don’t happen as quickly as he imagines. After all, it’s going to be a while before he’s going to be able to play Downtown. But why not get a head start on things?
|Nick and friend “JackJack” pose for first-ever “Devils Lake” band photo. Watch out world!|