By Frank Junior Guertin
I miss the drive to the venue watching the sun set thinking how I can’t wait to see you.
I miss getting to the venue and hanging with the staff and crew.
I miss sound check.
I miss seeing familiar faces slowly come in the club.
I miss interacting with the other bands.
I miss watching the other bands play.
I miss the energy and excitement.
I miss the feeling inside when I’m told “15 minutes to stage.”
I miss loading my gear on stage.
I miss tuning my guitar and hearing my band setting up behind the stage curtain.
I miss our set list being taped to my stage monitor.
I miss the laughter and cheers from behind the curtain.
I miss the smell of the club.
I miss the friends who came to see us.
I miss your faces.
I miss my bands intro music “People Are Strange.”
I miss the adrenaline I get seeing Jimmy G, Chris, Monte and me all together right before curtain showtime.
I miss seeing Jimmy give me the look of “let’s do this.”
I miss the curtain pulling back as it slowly opens revealing your faces.
I miss the first song.
I miss all the songs.
I miss our friends from other bands jumping up on stage and singing with us.
I miss hearing the songs I wrote being sung back to us by you…LOUD.
I miss your energy and what that does to me.
I miss hearing Jimmy G say “HEEEEEEEY!!”
I miss the feeling of being who I really am in this fucking world.
I miss playing my guitar as it screams out to you.
I miss me spitting water and throwing guitar picks out to you.
I miss the four of us taking a final bow at the end of the show and thanking you all for being with us…still.
I miss the feeling of the late night cold air or muggy hot weather as I load my gear back into my car.
I miss our hugs and long goodbyes.
I miss the diners and cheese fries.
I miss feeling exhausted and driving home as I watch the morning sunrise and think about how I can’t wait to do this all over again.
I miss it. Hope you know it. It’s not the same without it. And I’m forever grateful for each of you who let me be me and accept me for who I am in this world. You have my respect always.
But even though I miss this, I won’t ever forget that I am so blessed and fortunate to have had this for a long long time. Thank you for that.
Until we meet and rock out together once again my friends, I want to just say I’m thinking about you, thinking about us, thinking about our music and thinking how lucky I am.