WHEN HE WAS THIS...
ALL HE CARED ABOUT WAS THIS...
Caricature by Donn Coppens (aka Homo Escapeons)
My son was a video game junkie.
He'd play Zelda or Final Fantasy on his Nintendo 64, PlayStation and every other increasingly expensive new generation of game box he could persuade me to buy for him.
BUT NOW THAT HE'S OLDER...
HE WANTS TO BE THIS...
Yes, my 15-year-old has decided he definitely wants to be a professional rock singer or musician when he grows up (or next week if that's possible, but I told him not likely).
Just like the band Billy Talent (below) and their lead singer (name unknown, above).
And my son came out with this final declaration of his life's calling this week after he and his buddy Alex, the lead guitarist and head of their own garage band, met and interviewed Billy Talent.
And then saw them in concert.
It's confusing, you see, but Billy Talent isn't actually one person. The whole band, the collective four pictured above, ARE Billy Talent. Yes, and my name is Within Wonderful.
Anyway, Evan and Alex take a broadcasting course at school.
They requested and obtained permission to do a five-minute TV interview with the lead singer of Billy Talent, who is not named Billy Talent, and one other band member.
They did that this week, hugged the boys in the band, probably peed their pants, went home, changed and then went and saw them perform that same night.
I have not seen the video. I have not seen the pictures that someone supposedly took.
It was only a month or more ago that Evan met and talked with another one of his idols, the lead singer of a Canadian group called Alexisonfire.
I've only had him in singing lessons for a few months, and I've promised to buy him an electric guitar and pay for his lessons if his school marks pass muster.
But you've got to admit, the kid sure has been getting himself into the right circles.
I've told him the chances of him ever performing professionally are pretty small. He knows that.
I think maybe I should start becoming very afraid...