Monday, November 24, 2014
there was a time in my life when i worked for a record store in berkeley selling things on ebay. things like records of course, but more often then not it was pieces from a vast collection of promotional materials accumulated over the years by the store's owners. one of those was an Andrew Gold press kit which consisted of a few pages of album info and a glossy 8x10 head shot of Mr. Gold. I didn't know who he was so as a curious young man i did a little research and discovered he was a songwriter and performer who's main claim to fame is writing a song that would later be adapted into a tv show theme song. i wonder how that must feel. like what if i licensed one of my drawings to a cartoon show to make a little extra money and then 30 years later people come up to me and say, "hey man aren't you the dootie dawg guy? he's such a rascal!" would a part of me think, if you like the dootie dawg, check out my fake book about being sad! that's the real deal! you know nothing of my work! (smashes window) but maybe another part would think, something i did made someone happy and maybe that is all we can hope for!
in the end worrying about your legacy or in some way trying to shape your story might be futile and that's ok! if my mom came home and was like "i'm dating andrew gold" i would say "he wrote the golden girls theme song! remember when we used to watch that every friday night?!those were good times, mom!" and be stoked.
in closing, i should note that the press kit sold to a woman who claimed to be mr. gold's girlfriend.