An intense rush of memories can be set in motion by the most insignificant trigger, like Proust's tea and madeleine - or Edgar Matysio's T-shirt. Made of white cotton with a faded portrait of Skip Prokop on the front, the shirt generated a wave of long-forgotten emotions for Casino Regina's Technical Director last Friday. He got the shirt in 1974, when he was part of the Saskatchewan crew on the Lighthouse Cross-Canada tour. His job was to set up the stage at the various arenas the band played. Set 'em up...knock 'em down. The first one on site...the last to leave. He had been a Lighthouse fan and was thrilled to be part of the tour. Seeing the band in action and observing how passionate they all were about making music inspired him to continue in the business.
The last day of the tour he rode back with Skip on the bus. "I was amazed that he sat talking with me the whole trip - 129 miles back to Regina and at the end of it, he gave me his home phone number and address so that I could look him up if I ever came to Toronto. That meant a lot to me back then and it still does now".
When Lighthouse was set to perform at Casino Regina two years ago, Edgar remembered about the shirt but couldn't find it. A few months later his wife discovered it socked away in a box. Sadly, he put the shirt away, disappointed at the lost opportunity. When he heard that Lighthouse would be playing at the Casino again he unearthed the box with its buried treasure and brought it to the gig.
The two joked and reminisced when they met at sound check and Edgar told Skip about the T-shirt. They arranged to meet in the Green Room after the show so Skip could sign it.
Already awash in nostalgia, Edgar was walloped with memories listening to the band. He closed his eyes and let the music dance around his brain.
"Thirty-six years and they go by in a flash," Edgar thought, as he watched the crew tear down the set and pack up the gear. The fact that it was so like his old job was not lost on him.
He was humming One Fine Morning all the way down to the Green Room, his T-shirt swinging on its hanger and a reminder of dreams fulfilled in his heart.