Saturday, August 10, 2013

I Can't Get Rid of This Ring"

He’s a singer, 65 yrs old. He had one hit, but it’s been all down-hill from there. He’s married, but not happy. They live in a trailer, if you can call that living. He drinks too much, but he’s quitting; he quits often. He plays strip malls, bowling alleys, truck stops on long stretches of highway or near military bases. He hires a pick-up band -- bass, drums, steel guitar and rents a sound system from local music stores. There’s a lot of ringing noise in the monitors. He says into the mic: “I can’t get rid of this ring.” He’s not talking about the sound system.

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