Not that long ago, I was reorganizing my home office. I had a stack of CDs that needed to be alphabetized and my oldest son was looking through them. In the middle of the Pearl Jam, U2, Beastie Boys and Guns N Roses CDs, he came across a CD case with a picture of a young woman.
“Who is this? She looks like your friend Starr.” he said.
“That is my friend Starr,” I told him turning back to my sorting.
“Wait… Your friend Starr is a REAL rock star?”
My oldest has always thought it was cool that I have a friend named Starr. He has heard me talking on the phone with her and he knows that I try to see her when she is in town. He even knows that David and I have gone to see her perform in the past but, this was the first time he realized that she has her own albums and everything. I cannot even tell you how much his opinion of me went up that day. My son loves music- like really loves it – so for his mom to know someone that has their own CD (actually multiple CDs) is kind of a big deal. Having a CD apparently makes her a real musician in his eyes. Really, it is a pretty big deal.
“You can buy her stuff on iTunes too,” I informed him, watching as his eyes widened to almost double their usual size. He couldn’t stop talking about my friend Starr – the rock star.
A few weeks ago there was a message on my answering machine from Starr. She leaves the greatest messages ever and I can never bring myself to erase them. She was coming to town for a performance and she wanted to invite us. There was no question, David and I were in. Starr is one of those rare gems that is such a blessing to be around. We’ve known Starr for more than a decade and we try to see her perform live whenever possible. I was so proud of her when I saw her live at the Hard Rock Cafe for the first time more than a decade ago and my pride grows every time I have seen her since. It’s all I can do to stop myself from standing on the table screaming, “That’s my friend! I know her!”
Her performance was last night at this great little venue called Room 5 Lounge. The show was incredible. I laughed, I cried, but most importantly I got to see someone I love doing what they love. Last night was the first time I saw Starr perform her song “Rocket Ship,” which is a tribute to her father who lost his battle with bone cancer last year. Half of the proceeds from the song’s sales go directly to cancer research. It is a beautiful song even if you don’t know the meaning behind it, but knowing what it is about makes it even lovelier. You can read more about Rocket Ship on Starr’s website here.
Waiting for Starr to go on.
David and I were able to catch up with Starr for a bit after her performance and we have agreed that we need to get together in the very near future for a long overdue catch up session. Until then, I’ll be listening to my new Rocket Ship CD (as well as Starr’s older music).
You can find out more about Starr on her website here. You can also find her music on Amazon and iTunes!