So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star
I first heard this song when I was in college. It was a live concert version by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I later learned that it was originally by The Byrds, which I came to love more than the Petty version.
The song was inspired by the hoopla surrounding The Monkees. They had recently begun their television show, which took four guys who were nominally musicians and made huge stars out of them. The Byrds had suddenly realized that everyone and their brother were rock stars, people who they didn’t necessarily feel had paid their dues.
When it comes down to it, many people were becoming musicians just because they wanted to be rock stars. They wanted the fame. They wanted the notoriety. They wanted all of the trappings that came with their success in music.
Is it much different for us?
We might take mandolin lessons because, yes, we love the music, but we also want to become the greatest mandolin player in the world.
We might write a book because we want to be well-thought of as a respected author.
Maybe that’s why we go to medical school. We want what being a doctor will bring to our lives and not just the financial rewards.
Maybe that’s why you started a blog. You wanted to be a rock star on the Interwebs. All you need is for that one post to go viral, for everyone to find out who you are.
Maybe that’s why you became a preacher. You think that your standing will change if you stand before people and speak for the Lord every week.
There are all sorts of reason why we do what we do. Some of them are even honorable and worthy. Others aren’t.
Why do you write your post or sing your solos in church or whatever it is what you do?
So you want to be a rock ‘n roll star?