Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

Wanking Caffeine?”

“Yep,” I said, tuning my Fender.

“Shouldn’t you, uh, you know, name the band something more…” Jake paused. “…something different?”

“Like what?” For now, the amphitheater was empty. No one in the seats except ghosts.

“Anything. Anything other than ‘Wanking Caffeine’.”

I picked out the opening notes to “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond.” David Gilmour was some serious shit.

Jake stepped in front of me. “I knew you weren’t going to the funeral, but you could’ve gone to the memorial service.”

Jake could be a real ass.

“Or the viewing at least.”

I didn’t need to go to the viewing. I already knew what Daniel had looked like.

“I mean, what does that even mean? ‘Wanking Caffeine.’ Is that some kind of joke? It’s a joke, isn’t it?”


“You want our band named after a joke? After everything that’s happened?”

According to a book I read, David Gilmour got sadness down in “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” with only four notes. Almost four minutes into the song you could hear it clearly: B flat, F, G, E.

“Everyone at the service said he was a great guy. I thought you should know that. They weren’t just being nice, either, I could tell. He was honestly one of those people everyone got along with.”

Now that I’d read that, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I strummed each note, B flat, F, G, E.

“You’re being completely unreasonable. Completely and utterly.”

B flat, F, G, E.

“We’re about to play the big time, for crissakes.”

B flat, F, G, E.

“I thought you wanted our band to be taken seriously. We can’t be taken seriously with a band named ‘Wanking Caffeine.’ There’s just no way. None. No way at all.”

B flat, F, G, E, and now the rest of the band would come in. Back up guitar, synthesizer, and drums if Jake wasn’t currently wanking caffeine himself. The entire time, that four note theme playing over and over.

Jake sighed. He picked up his drumsticks. “Wanking Caffeine?”

“Wanking Caffeine,” I said.

“Are you at least going to tell me what it means?”

“Maybe someday.” I smiled.

“Remember when you were young,” I sang, “You shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond.”

*Author’s Note: The book mentioned is REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly