And the Beat Goes On
However, the beat which I speak of is not life. of course. It is the band Journey. I was allowed to travel with the band during their "Frontiers" tour in Summer of 1983. Here now the transcript of my opening speech at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN, July 16, 1983:
Any way you want it. Chilling and prophetic words from the band that will proceed my appearance here tonight. Even before Steve and the boys put pen to paper and wrote that masterpiece, I tried to live my life by those very words. Though their exact phraseology may not have come to me, that is the reason that I am credited in their liner notes. Ladies and gentleman, if you are in fact worthy of those titles, scared of the fate that may become you is no way to live your life. Of course you are scared, day to day life for you people must be at the very least, upsetting and disturbed. The reality in which I live and the reality in which you live are vastly different places. I awake in the morning and ask my houseboy, Ralph, to fetch my slippers. You likely wake up to the screaming of children and have to face another day in your pathetic lives.
Fear not, people of Indianapolis. It is fitting that I address you today in the hometown of one of America’s greatest living authors. I believe that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. himself put it best when he said to me, ‘Wolinetz, you are gifted and that is good. But remember, the people out there are not like you. They are God fearing. Many of them do not have basic cable television. They eat Cream of Wheat and think that the black guy is Uncle Ben. Coddle them. Love them. Their adulation and love will pay dividends. And if not, you could probably get away with killing a few of them.’ This is true. I probably could. But Kurt makes a good point and that is this: You need someone like me to point things out to you. And that’s cool. I’ve lived my life blessed with the gift of insight and am happy to give you all the help you need.
Well, I’ve rambled on for a bit. So let me sum up. You are pathetic creatures and need my help to survive. I am happy to do it. Any way you want it. Any way you want it indeed. Ladies and gentleman, America’s greatest rock and roll band, JOURNEY!