"So how do you finally define or explain the whole balanc-
ing of these scales of fate? How do we explain the reasoning
behind why The Teenagers finally got what they deserved,
when you just know there's a kid in some nowhere cornfield in
Ames, Iowa, hitting 500-foot home runs to the applause of no
more than six or seven friends and family members?
The best way I can explain it came not so long ago to me.
It happened with my band. Things had been going great for us.
For the entire previous year we were in magazines, tour buses,
and limousines. All of a sudden it was all gone. Everything was
taken away and there was nothing we could do to change it. We
all disappeared from each other for a while. None of us even
spoke about it to anyone.
We got a call about a month later saying that we had three
days of free studio time to record some new songs. We were all
kind of wary about going in, but after seeing each other for no
less than fifteen minutes we were sure we wanted to do it. The
next three days were spent in absolute bliss. It was like nothing
had ever happened. We were all up to the same old craziness,
joking with each other, fooling around. And although in the
backs of our minds we knew we were only on a sort of three-
day pass from all of our recent misfortunes, it really didn't mat-
ter because we were doing what we loved. We weren’t in there
trying to write the next big hit. We were in there because it was
what we did. And it was then that the answer to this great mys-
tery came to me, the answer being that the reason we all really
do the things that we do isn’t because of all the outside rewards,
it’s because of the inside ones. And the only difference between
the recognized ones and the unrecognized ones can best be
defined by my friend Frankie when he says, “It's like being
somewhere great and not having a picture to show for it. But
you were still there and sometimes maybe that’s better.”
And no less than a minute later, like some haunting echo, I
could feel the presence of Johnny Friendly summoning every
has-been, could-have-been, should-have-bcen, would-have-
been, is them, all of them, all of us.
I could have had class,
I could have been a contender,
l could have been somebody lnstead of a bum, which is what I am.
Let's face it. It was you Charlie,
It was you."
- Dito Monitel from his book A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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