By Jeri Rowe, Staff Writer
News & Record
If you see Aerosmith next Thursday, check to see if lead singer Steven Tyler is wearing two sterling silver charm bracelets.
Look real hard. They should be hard to miss: two bracelets with a combined 51 small charms, dangling from Tyler's wrists. The charms, which symbolize songs and signs of good luck, include a harmonica, a horseshoe, a rat and even a set of praying hands.
If you see them, think of Lisa Law, a 37-year-old woman from Winston-Salem. She and other Aerosmith fans from more than two dozen states gave these bracelets as a birthday gift to Tyler, Aerosmith's flamboyant front man.
That's not all. Law collected letters and pictures from the fans involved in the bracelet project and created a memory book, specifically for Tyler's 51st birthday. The book is Corvette red with engraved gold letters across the front that says "Charmed." "I told him in my letter that I wanted to give back something that he has given all of us," says Law, who's seen Aerosmith perform 15 times.
Yes, Law is a bit obsessive. She spent nearly $1,000 on a birthday gift to a man she's only met three times. She met him once at a party, once back stage and once onstage when she crawled over four rows, in a black mini-skirt, and gave him pink boa for the song, "Pink."
Law says she respects Tyler, especially for the way he bounced back from a near career-ending drug addiction. But, above all, she says she loves his music.
That's what Law, a pyschiatric therapist at Forsyth Medical Center, tells her patients. They walk into their meeting room and see scrawled across a board in red ink the words from Aerosmith's song "Get A Grip": If you do what you've always done, you will always get what you always got.
"They actually think it's kind of cool," Law says about her patients. "It helps them see that they can do something different, and with insight, they can make some changes."
Law has liked Aerosmith since she was a teenager in North Andover, Mass. She was 13, listening to performers such as Barry Manilow, when her older brother handed her an eight-track tape of Aerosmith's first album, "Dream On."
"Here, listen to some real music," he told her.
She started listening to Aerosmith in her brother's car, a blue Satellite Sebring with a white stripe. She'd plug in one of Aerosmith's eight-track tapes and lose herself in the music.
"Good Catholic girls weren't supposed to listen to this kind of music, but I liked that bad-boy attitude," she says.
Law hasn't lost that devotion. These days, when she's not counseling patients, she'll sit in her basement office, stick one of Aerosmith's earlier albums into her CD player and turn the volume real low.
She says the songs help her relax and remember the care-free days in her
brother's car. "I keep thinking that maybe my draw to them will lessen, but
it never does, never does," says Law, her voice trailing off. "They
keep going and that keeps me wanting more."