“I’ve got some news for you,” announced Farmer Fred, one morning after Loud Garden had finished their practice session. “I have decided to open the garden up to any musician that passes away on Earth. Christopher, you and Chard Benning are already here and I can see the impact the garden and your music has had on you two.”
“That is incredible news,” said Christopher Corn.
“I believe it is important to keep music alive,” said Farmer Fred.
“I agree,” said Christopher. “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my music. Music is the most important thing in my life. I, for one, thank you for allowing me to practice with Loud Garden and I know Chard feels the same way about his band, Winking Pink.”
“It is because of you and Chard that I have made my decision to open up the garden to others,” said Farmer Fred.
“I think it is a very wise decision,” said Christopher.
“Thank you,” said Farmer Fred. “Your opinion means a lot to me.”
“Oh my!” exclaimed Christopher, seeing a familiar face walking up the garden pathway. “It is Tom Petty!”
“Yes it is,” said Farmer Fred, waving Tom over to where he and Christopher were standing. “I want you to make him feel at home.”
“Of course,” said Christopher.
“Chris!” exclaimed Tom, giving Christopher a big hug. “It is nice to see you.”
“You as well,” said Christopher. “Although, it would have been good if you could have stayed on Earth a little longer.”
“I agree,” said Tom. “However, the old ticker gave up on me.”
“I am sorry to hear that,” said Christopher.
“You got a band going here in the garden?” asked Tommy, seeing the stage that was set up in the barn.
“Yes,” said Christopher. “My band, Loud Garden and I just finished practice.”
“That is great,” said Tom. “I would love to sing with you and Loud Garden.”
“We would be honoured,” said Christopher.
“Hi, Tom,” said Farmer Fred, introducing himself to Tom. “Welcome to my garden. I just opened up my garden to any influential rock and roll musician who passes away on Earth. You now have a new garden name. You will be known as Tommy Potato and you will be a member of the Fresh Veggie Family. You have a band here now too. They are called “Tommy Potato and the Heart Shakers”.
“Are you serious?” asked Tommy Potato.
“Yes,” said Farmer Fred. “Quite serious.”
“This is great!” exclaimed Tommy. “I can’t wait to meet them and start playing music again.”
“Come around tomorrow morning,” said Farmer Fred. “I will have the Heart Shakers here ready for you.”
“You can play with us tomorrow,” said Christopher. “I will see if I can get Chard to come as well.”
“Chard?” asked Tommy.
“Yes,” said Christopher. “His Earth name was Chester Bennington. He has been here since July. He has a band here called Winking Park.”
“It will be an honour to sing with you and Chard,” said Tommy.
“It will be our honour to sing with you,” said Christopher. “Let’s make it happen.”
“Yes,” said Tommy. “Let’s!”
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