After wrapping up another grueling marathon rehearsal we celebrated with a couple of St. Louis’s finest pizzas and a bottle of sparkling wine. This would be a short break, though, for we still had a long night ahead of us. There were T-shirts to be silkscreened and CD’s to be stuffed into digipacks, not to mention all the plaid stage shirts that needed mending. Jay saw how hard we’d been working and knew we’d need something to get us through the night. He put aside all those guitars that needed to be tuned, sauntered over to the piano, and began to reveal the long lost 4 part vocal harmony to Tear Stained Eye that cannot be heard on the original recording.
As those 4 angels gathered round and sang, a strange and familiar sadness washed over me. I realized this was not a 5 part harmony and again I would not have a chance at the microphone. Suddenly, I was reminded of a news story I once read and was comforted in knowing that I wasn’t alone.