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July 26, 2006
As some of you know, Cinderella is a neighbor of mine. (Not the princess, the heavy metal band). The bassist lives two doors down from one of my stepdaughter’s friends in the most subdivision-y subdivision you could possibly imagine. All I have to say about that is, Rawk! Subdivisions are HOT, or why else would CINDERELLA be here? Heh.
Anyway, I couldn’t let the stories of my encounters with Cinderella go to waste, so I wrote about them in this week’s Nashville Scene. You can read the full column below….
A Cinderella Story
A perk of living in Nashville is that with all the musicians in town, you’re generally just one degree of separation away from a major has-been.
Maybe you’re picking up your dry cleaning when you realize that what’s-his-name from Steppenwolf is dropping off his dirty laundry right beside you. Or you’re waiting on an espresso at Fido when the guy from Winger walks through the door.
Or you might be dropping off your stepdaughter’s best friend in her cookie-cutter subdivision when you learn that Cinderella lives two doors down.
“Well, a band named Cinderella,” little Jenny qualified. “The bassist lives right there, and these other guys come over and play music all the time.” She pointed to a trim and tidy two-story brick house.
“Cinderella? In Bellevue?!” I cried. “But they were huge in the ’80s!” I noted some skepticism in my rearview mirror. “You know that song, I’m not your fool, nobody’s fool, nobody’s foooooool….”
Despite my convincingly screechy falsetto, all I got from the backseat were uncomprehending stares. “Well, anyway, they were big.” I said gleefully.
Oh, this was rich. Cinderella had gone suburban. Just like me.
“You want to see big.” Jenny informed me. “Wait’ll Halloween. Last year, he dressed as Dracula and gave out the candy himself.”
I wanted to see big all right. When Halloween rolled around, my baby and I were the first trick-or-treaters in Cinderella’s neighborhood. Nervously, I climbed the stairs to the front door. Would there be groupies inside? Metalheads? Good Lord, Cinderella would probably invite me in to party with them. Suddenly, the door opened. A tired-looking young woman in a witch costume gave me the once over.
“Hi,” she said flatly, dumping some candy bars in Baby’s trick-or-treat bag as I, grinning uncontrollably, peered around her and strained to see inside. I spotted a Barcalounger and a potted plant. Eh. Where were the pentagrams? The empty vodka bottles?
“Trick or treat!” I said with a wink, hoping she’d realize that underneath my mommy veneer, I was one of them. She grunted in response and shut the door.
It wasn’t a good feeling, being rejected by Cinderella. Still, I wasn’t ready to give up. After the Halloween incident, I would look for signs of Cinderella whenever I was at Jenny’s house. But the kings (er, princesses?) of the metal movement might as well have any ordinary suburban family. The garage remained shut, the windows shaded.
Until one sunny day when I pulled into Jenny’s driveway, there he was. Cinderella. Sitting on his front porch. It was go time.
“OK, here’s the deal,” I told my stepdaughter, who was sitting beside me. “We’re going to drive right up to Cinderella and sing, “Don’t know whatcha got till it’s gone!” as loud as we can out the window. Then we’ll just drive away.”
“OK,” she said, excitedly, rolling down her window. I drove down to the other end of the street and circled back. This was gonna be good. Then, about two houses away, I froze.
“What’s wrong?” my stepdaughter asked as I stopped short on the street.
“I. Can’t. Do. It.” I gasped.
“Yes you can,” she insisted. “Let’s go!”
“Yeah,” I said weakly. The car rolled forward a few feet, then jolted to a stop. “I can’t,” I said, shocked at my own stage fright.
Down the street, Cinderella turned in his lawn chair and stared at our car. The look in his eyes seemed to say, Come on, get it over with. It was no use. My nerve had broken free and flown right out the open window.
My face burning in shame, I drove around the cul-de-sac, not even pausing for devil fingers as I passed Cinderella and headed home. It was then that I realized I was experiencing the painful symptoms of becoming a boring, comfortable-shoe-wearing grown-up. Surely Cinderella felt the same way when he signed the papers on his three-bedroom, two-bath piece of the American Dream. In a weird way, Cinderella and I knew each other well.
I decided on that fateful day not to let the plastic people mentality overtake me. Cinderella wouldn’t want it that way. Instead, I will haunt that cul-de-sac until he decides it’s safe to come back outside again. I’ll jump out of my car, stride confidently onto his postage stamp lawn, and sing every word to “Nobody’s Fool” with gusto. And I will play air guitar like I’ve never played it before.
Cinderella will look me in the eye and say, “Dude. Get off my lawn before I call the cops.” And we will smile at each other, acknowledging for one brief moment a true meeting of the minds, before I turn, squealing, and run back to my car.
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>The line about musicians in Nashville reminds me that two of my friends from high school live there too (one is a musician) They weren’t the folks who hung out at Jittery Joe’s with me, but it’s another not-so-strange coincidence. (Nashville is big, so I guess it’s really not as cool a coincidence as the two of us hanging in Athens)
>Let’s see…Dallas boasts to be the home of Lisa Loeb and George Michael’s boyfriend/soon-to-be-hubby. Maybe if Georgie boy moves here, we’ll catch him in the bushes.Closest I’ve come to a real celebrity here is at the strip club owned by the Pantera band members.
>Seriously? That story cracks me up every single time! I love it, you goofball!
>I went to elementary, junior high and high school with that guy that was in the Black Crowes. I do believe he lives somewhere in your neck of the woods…
>That is one beautiful story, Lucinda. Thanks a bunch.
>Oh yes, I wish you would of did it! So funny! One of my secret dream is to go up to Jon Bon Jovi and sing, “shot through the heart, and you’re to blame, baby, you give love a bad name!”Not that Jon Bon Jovi lives anywhere near me or anything. Hey, do you want to borrow my Cinderella vinyl? Maybe you can get it signed for me? :)Great story!
>Heh, it still cracks me up. So do you. Hello, pretty lady … just checking in on ya. Been a busy summer and I’m a bit removed from blogland as a result. I enjoyed catching up here a bit today. 🙂
>I ran into one of the Nelson twins here in Nash, twice – separate bars, 2 summers apart….thank God he cut that hair. Seems like a decent guy – I doubt I’d recognize the Cinderella dudes without the makeup and teased hair…still, that’s a great story.
>The Celebrity Fit Club Nelson Twin, or the other one?(the not-Gunnar one,that is)?Awesome!
>Oh. My. Gawd. It is sad that I got sincerely jealous reading that. I clearly need a life.
>You are too funny. Again.Fifty Cent (“Fiddy”) lives in my town, but somehow I don’t think I’ll bump into him at the post office.
>Nobodys Fooooooooool! I’m gonna be singing that all day long now.Fabulous.
>I would have chickened out too!!! The closest I get to celebrities around here are all the politicans on Capitol Hill—but then again, do they really qualify as celebrities?!
>That is sooooo cool! I now unfortunatly have that damn song in my head. Clint Black just bought some property downt the road from us.
>I’m so jealous. When you decide to go sing to him, can I come? I’ll make a fool of myself. I LOVED Cinderella.
>you lucky beeyotch – that is so cool! The first concert I ever went to was Cinderella, Bulletboys and Winger! I was like 12…lol
>I was humming a Cinderella tune the whole time I read your story. I hope you do make it up onto his lawn!! It will be big for all of us out here, who would like to do the same thing but can’t work ourselves up to it. (And don’t live in Nashville.) Good luck Lucinda.
>This post? Just like a VH-1 version of “Where are they now? Everybody’s gotta go someplace. Right?I won’t be doing Perfect Post this month…too swamped…but I’ll be back next month for sure.
>Dammit! I only get COUNTRY people! I’ve seen: Ricky Skaggs at Lowe’s in Hendersonville; Travis Tritt driving a red Ferrari down Main St. in Hendersonville; Marty Stuart getting his black Caddy pimped or something at a stereo place on Gallatin Pike; and William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys) at Genghis Grill in Hendersonville. Must be a Hendersonville connection, I guess. Maybe SOME DAY I can see someone cool!
>to Jacks’ Raging Mommy’s question – whichever Nelson twin I saw lives in the 12 South area of Nash – and the last time I saw him he looked like he could use a meal – either Celeb fit club worked for him or it’s not the one from VH1.Actually, looking back at it, he was cute.
>Do you suppose he reads the Nashville Scene? 😉
>LOL! Great story! Nashville sounds way more interesting then Knoxville!Our big thrill is Kenny Chesney coming home for the holidays.
>One of the Milli Vanilli brothers hangs out at the coffee shop I frequent. He’s working on a script. (Should be interesting.)
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