A Band Made Life
By: Daniel Guerra

he’s driving south on I-5
a little outside seattle
blasting bat for lashes’
debut album fur and gold

pine trees everywhere
rain falling softly
late june

tour is over
he’s exhausted yet ebullient
inspired and grateful
to have be around such incredible
artists

perhaps because he’s swiftly approaching
his thirtieth year
he’s reflective
he remembers past summers
sweltering summers
in california’s central valley
stanislaus county
mo

des

to

            his native soil

adolescence was band practices
cooped up in trevor’s garage
no ac
rocking out
playing too loud
writing choruses
re-writing choruses

            bridges

tweaking verses

            skipping dances and parties

so they record
design album covers
dream of going on tour
and getting signed

listening to whole albums through

rubber soul
pinkerton (what the hell happened to weezer?)
keep it like a secret
It's hard to find a friend
funeral

driving around town
posting fliers for shows
playing shows and selling cd’s
and going to the taqueria
after band practice 

being in a band made life –

high school
the valley's unforgiving heat
his mother's illness

bearable

more than bearable

beautiful

meaningful

even the horrible shows
when no one came

guitars woefully out of tune

shitty pa’s and drama
with the other bands

even those shows were glorious

rain still falling
people actually driving
the speed limit
and now natasha khan
is hitting
those high
notes
that he loves on "sad eyes"

he’ll take the next exit
buy some gas
stretch
grab some green iced tea
and call his friend's
friends
in portland
see if he can
crash
on their couch
tonight

 

Dan Guerra is a writer, teacher, and aspiring band/artist manager based in the Bay Area.