but inside an old crusty bar in a not so great part of town-
There were 4 of them-
They were kind and gentle souls who wore their hearts on their sleeves
and were chasing dreams while in high school.
he and a few friends had started playing and practicing and writing music
and then booking local shows to share their view of music with others.
At home, Ryan would practice with my younger son Cullan- who is a drummer.
And for several years, the little cottage walls shook with all that loud heavy metal guitar and drumming as they practiced for hours each day.
We were big supporters of the band and them trying to make their way in the music world.
the families were there.
usually old bars filled with quite a few interesting folks.
There was a show where my husband and brothers even jumped in the ‘mosh pit’ (bad idea)
and even the grandparents would show up on occasion-
with their ear plugs in hand.
It felt like a sprinkle of Christmas cheer
in an otherwise kind of forgotten part of town.
stepped out into the chilly night.
There were not too many street lights and the bar looked pitch black from the outside
but there was a loud hum of drumming already coming from inside. And there was something to be said about the juxtaposition of the twinkly
and put them on and then regrouped
with a couple of nods to each other.
long haired heavy metal band members
It made my heart soar.
and festive Christmas cookies being served with drinks
and a most interesting group of rowdy folks
who quieted down just for a few minutes to listen.
It wasn’t about metal music or growling or mosh pits, head banging or any of their usual.
It was about the beauty of Christmas.
And that my friends was the one.
that made me cry.
Both of my once little rock stars who grew up to be long haired heavy metal
music playing boys
are now clean cut personal trainers
who play in gyms rather than bars now.
Though they both play music and play their hearts much more now then when they had that
‘metal persona’ to keep up.
And The Band? Well, they all went their separate ways after High School and pursued their passions.
One of these days, maybe they will get together to play an encore performance
and you know who will be right there in the front.
With ear plugs, of course.
And guess who will be on their way home for Christmas?
I remembered 3 dozen other things I need to do
At 4 am.
and those other 3 dozen things are done…
I just might get one of those old electric guitars and that stacked up drum set out in the cottage
out for a holiday performance.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Wild Oak Designs says
Can you tell me where you got that beautiful quilt?? I've been looking for gray and white, most unsuccessfully….
It is from Soft Surroundings.
Nothing like family! Enjoy!!
Such beautiful writing, have a wonderful holiday!!
I hope you get all your to do lists done 🙂 Enjoy your Christmas!
Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor
Isn't FAMILY'the best! Enjoy every day with them! Enjoy your blog!
I loved this post! The writing style, the images you described, the heart. Thank you. Thank you for supporting your sons and for sharing this memory with us. Merry Christmas.
I married a fellow much like that only he leaned toward rock n roll with country. He has his day job but he still feels the beat at 61! Merry Christmas!
So sweet to see how a mom will support her children ….your blog is so beautiful.
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Loved the story and the magnificent images….I can relate to the "band thing"….my son was in a band for a long time….he wrote his own music….it was not a shock when he chose Creative Writing for his major….Now he still writes creatively, just in "code"….. So I can so see you in those dark venues, the loud music, the ringing in your ears….cheering on your sons…that's what moms do….Enjoy your beautiful family this week….Merry Christmas Courtney!!!
What a lovely story, it has brought a tear to my eye. I have two grown sons who will always, in some part, be my little boys. Beautiful photos, I love your blog.
I am loving your blog. I started following you after seeing your house Jen's house tour. It has inspired me to decorate with more style. This blog brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy I found you!!! Merry Christmas and enjoy the magic family!!
Parsimonious Perfection says
Love this post, Courtney! We are a very musical family (I even married a man who plays bass guitar), my eldest son (who is a drummer) is heavily into that sort of music too (I liked lots of rock-n-roll as a kiddo, just don't understand the whole 'screamo' thing) but happily, the Slash/Jimi Hendrix hair is now shorn and he's finished with culinary school. I'll always love and be endeared by memories of my little rock star. 😉
You are such a beautiful story teller. I truly enjoyed this post. Have a lovely day!
What a great story! Enjoy your Christmas time with family. Peace and safe travels to you and your loved ones.
Oh yes, the precious memories of our children. Some fear, some joy. Always a complete loving heart. Now…what was the song?
You made me cry reading that but I totally get it…Thank You! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU YOUR FAMILY!!
Aphrodite, Cottage Comforts says
Merry Christmas Courtney thanks for sharing a poignant moment in your life. Such a "never judge a book by its cover" and a sweet moment. Thank you for sharing!
Nina Ruth Bruno says
What a lovely post and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for bringing the beauty of the Lord into all that you do!
I love that song too, but thanks to you I will love it more!
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Such a beautiful story, Courtney – thanks for the lovely moment! ❤
Jill wendt says
What a beautiful Memory. Thank you for sharing your home, ideas, flowers and your passion tHrough your post. I love reading your arTicles and beautiful photos. merry Christmas.
Melinda Lawless says
Great joB, mom! I Married a musician that i met when he was playing in a bar. And now, thirty plus years later, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the business. He Is one of the very few That could actually make a living playing music, and we have had a wild ride! Music is a blessing to us all. Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing that wonderful post.
Love the goats peeking in the cottage door.
Merry Christmas Courtney!
Annie L. says
Merry Christmas, CouRtney. Merry every single day! 💝🕊
susan morris says
That was so lovely and just made my night. Christmas eve plans with family canceled because of bad weather and I needed something precious to focus on. Thank you!