1979. In the passenger seat of a little yellow Spider. Window air blasting. Dark. Radio up.
A drum grabs and holds.
Bass snakes through.
2006. On stage at Variety Playhouse for Cat Power's The Greatest tour.
Viola part's easy, the contractor's fun. I can relax and take it all in.
Cat's surrounded by Memphis soul musicians.
Teenie Hodges - one of them.
He co-wrote that song.
We laugh, cut up. Backstage, it's even better - jumping jacks, dozing, yelling random words.
The front row audience, as usual, great entertainment.
Teenie crouches next to me with his inhaler. Sshhhhhhhhhhh Sshhhhhhhhhhh
He rises, a sentinel.
Shining column, unbearably brilliant.
Thunderbolts through his limbs and guitar.
Skin crackles, top of my head dissolves.
Teenie points to me.
Don't lose that light!
November 16th, 2016
On the other side, and here.
Mabon Lewis "Teenie" Hodges