Basket Case, Year 9 Assembly.

There's this band in our year. It's made up of four fourteen year olds in Year 9 with long hair and quiksilver bags. They aren't popular; they're classed as "emos" and "gribleys" yet spending three years at school growing up alongside the drummer, something in back of my mind tells me they're going to get far.
Josh, the lead singer and guitarist has played in assembly before. Our assembly’s are just for our year group, which is just under 400 people and is held every Wednesday. For any adolescence growing up alongside armies of "chavs" and bullies in our year, getting up on stage in front of a crowd of the most judgemental people you have ever met is something that takes a lot of nerve. I remember it clearly though, his rendition of "Hallelujah" with nothing but a mic, a guitar and an amp gave me Goosebumps and although I don't know him well, I cheered like I'd known him for years.
I talk to Bradshaw, the drummer, a hell of a lot. We get on unbelievably well and I can also admit that I like him a lot. For the past three years we've sat next to each other in at least four lessons, thanks to alphabetical seating plans, but something clicked between us and I know he feels it too. He knows me as the biggest Green Day fan he's ever met and we can talk for hours about music.
I knew about his band ages ago, but when he mentioned he'd be playing in assembly, my stomach jumped.
We spent ages talking about what they can play and what songs they should play. It wasn't that long ago when he came up to tell me they were playing Jet - Are you gonna be my girl and Green Day - Basket Case. That was when I was unbelievably tempted to throw my arms around him and tell him how I really felt about him.
We sang it through science, and he caught me humming it through ICT.
It wasn't till Wednesday when my stomach tightened when he didn't line up next to me to go into assembly. I peered down the line, hoping to catch him talking to Will or something, but he wasn't there. I had the gut feeling he was ill or something, which would automatically ruin my Spanish and Science lessons that day.
We walked in to see the stage lit up and you there, talking to Josh and Rory while they tuned their guitars. My heart was in my throat.

30 minutes later, my hands ached from clapping and I couldn't wait till 10am to see him in ICT. It may have just been a cover, but Green Day is my favourite band, Basket Case is one of my favourite songs, and he is one of my favourite people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Josh, Rory, Robbie and Bradshaw,
Thank you.
Posted on March 21st, 2008 at 08:35am


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