Picture this. You are a 40 year old music fan. Music is the single most important thing for you. It consumes you in ways you can’t explain. You love it so much that it hurts. It is what keeps you alive. What would you not do for your music!
So the 40 year old music fan just arrives at a party in Shahrukh Khan’s neighborhood. Hugs and kisses are exchanged. And some gifts too. Drinks begin to get poured out as well-dressed strangers begin to pour in. The air is soon thick with an eclectic mix of expensive designer perfume. Suddenly, you realize you are the only one casually dressed. Thankfully, the music gets louder and no one complains. Some old friends are reconnected. Some new acquaintances are made. Some phone numbers are exchanged. And, some questions are asked by a beautiful stranger. So, you politely take one earphone out to answer them.
Where’s your date tonight?
Oh, she’s right here. She’s with me all the time. She’s calling herself Melissa tonight.
And you smile with a wink as you take your phone out of your pocket to show off the Melissa Etheridge discography you’ve been listening to.
Why aren’t you dancing?
Actually, I am. It’s just that you can’t see it because I’m doing it inside my head. You see, with Melissa in my arms and singing like that, it’s meditation of a different kind.
You wink again.
Is everything okay? You seem to be running away from my questions.
Oh, I’m so sorry. Let me tell you a bit about Melissa. She has been running too… from cancer. But the good news is she’s winning the race.
It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Every day that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete
I run for hope, I run to feel
I run for the truth for all that is real
I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life
Here, watch this. Isn’t she a beauty?
Your glass has been half full for as long as I’ve seen it! Can I get someone to refill?
That’s really sweet of you. But no, thank you. This is just the right mix of whiskey and Melissa. I wouldn’t want to spoil it. You see, the likes of us like to party responsibly. A peg more or a peg less could really disrupt this precariously balanced mix. But once again, thank you. Can I get you a drink instead?
This time it’s the stranger who is smiling.
So I hear you aren’t married yet. Is that true?
Actually, I am. To Melissa tonight.
Well well well, this Q&A session has just begun. The party will go on till 6 am. You will be staying, right?
Actually, no. I have to drive, and I don’t want to be in the news for the wrong reasons. Like I said earlier, the likes of us like to party responsibly. So I’ll hang with you for another hour or so before Melissa and I take your leave.
And your brand new acquaintance laughs along.
So where’s the next party? And when?
My party never ends, baby. It goes wherever I go, thanks to the music inside my head. You are welcome to join anytime you want.
Hugs and kisses are exchanged yet again as Melissa soundtracks the moment.
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