Walter Fiction: The Approach of Spring


“Walter,” Lila said, “the equinox is next week.”

“I know, love.” He looked up from the crossword puzzle in the morning paper. “We’re set for it.”

“Are you? You haven’t left the house in a month. How can the band be ready for next week if you don’t practice?”

“We’re pros.” Of course it would be fine. It always was. He’d been playing with this group of guys for years now. The Vernal Equinox Celebration always went well.

Lila knew better than to push it. Just as spring came slowly every year, so did Walter and his music. Spring meant the beginning of his touring season. Come August, when they’d all had enough, he’d take another month off, join everyone at the Autumnal Equinox Celebration, and then spend the winter holed up in his basement studio, creating a new album.

And then, just like the way the Earth turned, Walter’s musical cycle would begin again.

If the Earth didn’t need to practice for all this, why did he?

Springtime, awakening… how aware of the changing seasons is an aging rocker, anyway? That’s what inspired this. For more Walter, visit here, here, and here. And stay tuned; in my file of saved stuff I need to post one day, I’ve got at least one more piece that features him.


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