She’s a rainbow
An Eddie (Loving) Roundtree story
Track 1: connection
Graham: He's always been difficult to read.
Billy: He hated me. That's the only thing we knew about Eddie for a long time. He really didn't let onto much.
Karen: It happened before I was part of the band. But, moving Eddie to base? I think to him it felt personal - he couldn't see how it was in the favour of the band. So yea, I got why he didn't like Billy.
Warren: There was always more to Eddie than he let show. I think I saw more of it than the others, but even so, he never gave much away. Unless it came to Billy...then we all knew what Eddie was thinking.
Eddie: I just never felt they really needed to know what was going on in my head you know? I got on stage. Played what they wanted me to play. What more did they all want from me?
Y/N: I was able to read that man like a book.
Camilla: I've known Eddie since we were both kids, he used to walk me to Sunday school and he's always been the same. Very reserved, very quiet and somewhat cold. That all changed when he met Y/N though, almost everything changed when she came.
Daisy: I was the tornado which struck The Six, but Y/N, she cleared away all the debris. She changed everyone.
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Eddie: We met whilst we were recording SevenEightNine in 75. She was totally oblivious to who we were. She didn't really know The Six. I mean she told me she rarely listened to music. I still cant believe I married a girl who didn't like music.
Y/N: No, I never said I didn't like music. I listened to the radio, had a few vinyls, I just didn't involve myself with it anymore than that. I had other interests. But to Eddie? Well, not listening to Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Hendrix or anyone for that matter, to Eddie that meant you were engaging in an act of blasphemy.
Warren: I had to agree with Eddie. It was weird, she didn't like music, that's just... who doesn't like music?
Karen: And yet despite all of that, she had him wrapped right round her finger.
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"There is no way you've never listened to The Stones"
"Maybe on the radio. But not off the top of my head I don't think?" Lucy pondered for a while, genuinely trying to remember if she had ever listened to one of the biggest bands of the 70s. 'Nope, I don't think so. Why? Are they any Good?"
Eddie: Are they any good? She asked me, if they, The Stones, were any good?
Y/N: I was pulling his leg, just a little. Of course I knew who they were, they must have been good if the whole world loved their music. It was just funny, he genuinely was speechless.
Eddie stared at her longingly for a few seconds. Staring deep into her eyes, desperately trying to conjure whether she was acting out some gimmick, or if he of all people had just met the only person in the world who was unaware of how great The Stones were.
"Yea something like that," he said defeated.
"I'm just not that into music," she shrugged, "id much rather read a book, watch a movie, or even better... go outside and see the world"
"How can you just not like-" Eddie cut himself off, deciding that shouting at the innocent girl in the record store, probably wasn't the best idea. "So how comes you're buying a record then, if you don't really like music?" He was genuinely intrigued, for someone who seemed entirely oblivious to the musical realm, it was slightly strange that she was flicking through albums in the beating heart of rock and roll.
"It's my brothers birthday tomorrow, my parents bought him a turntable and unless I buy something he'll have nothing to-"
"This one!" Eddie interjected. “sorry, i mean, if you’re buying anyone their first record, you have to get them one they can actually build a collection from. That’s why you always get them the first Stones album. It’s fresh and it’s new, but it’s also a taste of The Stones you know? It’s like a gaze into the future and what they’d go on to make. It’s musical genius.”
She stood in front of the rockstar. Bewildered. She’d never heard anyone speak so passionately about something, the least of all music. It intrigued her. It really did. How someone felt so strongly about a string of noises.
“What makes you an expert in all this anyway? why i should i trust you with what to buy my 13 year old brother for his birthday? Are you some sort of musical prowess?”
“One day but not yet.”
Y/N: I had no idea what that meant. One day? Eddie, a musician? That was the last thing on my mind?
Eddie: She said she didn’t like music! I couldn’t scare her off by saying i was a musician, i thought she’d run a mile.
“I guess The Stones it is then.”
She hoped he’d have continued, something about the mysterious guy in the record store had her hooked. She wanted him to change his mind, to say “actually this would be better”, she wanted to hear him ramble about some other rock group she’d never heard of, or to question her sanity again, all over how much (or rather how little) music she listened to. But he didn’t.
And he? We’ll he waited, hoped she’d ask him another question, he hoped she’d have a witty comeback, something as to why she couldn’t buy The Stones and he could talk to her again, listen to how she lived in a world that wasn’t dictated by music. All he wanted was to hear her speak again, something about her voice was so angelic. But she didn’t.
Warren: He walked out of the store without the one thing we asked him to get.
Graham: The album. He forgot to buy our album.
Karen: It didn’t make sense to us then. All of us were thinking “how did he leave a record store empty handed?”
Y/N: You know that never even crossed my mind. I didn’t even question the fact that he left without buying himself something.
Eddie: Look, i got the album eventually. Just not that day, that day i got something else. I just didn’t know it yet
Camilla: I knew the second he stepped foot back in the van he’d met someone special. He just had that look. I knew that look. I had that look from the moment i first met Billy. Eddie was in love. He just didn’t know it yet.
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