Thunder ripped across the darkened skyline as the bearded gentleman walked down the path. It was dark but in the distance he could see lights and, far out on the horizon was a beautiful dawn, one far different from any he had seen before. Ahead was a gate, tall, with lighted poster cabinets on each side flanking what appeared to be a box-office cubicle. The gates connected to a fence that disappeared off into the distance, so far they seemed to go into eternity. He knocked on the window to the cubicle and a slender man approached, round spectacles, brooding expression, slightly irritated but also friendly.
“Yes, how can I help you,” he said, perching himself on a stool and cradling an Epiphone Casino guitar.
“Where am I,” replied the gentlemen. “I don’t recognize this place and I am a bit lost.”
“I am Saint Lennon. I am responsible for checking the rolls here at the gate. If you are from Earth you may recall me as a member of a band called the Beatles.”
“Ahh, yes, I recognize you now,“ the gentleman replied excitedly. “Why are you at a gate?”
“Funny story, actually, I was giving an interview a number of years ago, been quite a few now, and I made an offhand comment about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus. It was just a dumb joke and I was grateful to find out God does have a sense of humor but, I still had to do some time so here I am on the Gate. It’s not so bad though, I get to write and remember my time. Now about you, if you are here you must have been a special musician. Who are you?”
“My name is Kenny Rogers”
“Hmm, I don’t see your name; could it be any other name?”
“Well, some knew me as the Gambler; little nickname from a song.”
“Ahh, there you are, you were country music. No worries, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Glenn Campbell, among others, are already here. Music is more universal than we ever realized. That being said sir, welcome to Rock and Roll Heaven; we do have a helluva band.”
The gate swung open and one more musical treasure made his way home.
“…somewhere in the darkness, the gambler he broke even…”