The quick tempered guitarist

 

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you

 

Things I have are all imaginary. People says the true happiness is to free oneself by material goods, but this is a concept out of the logic of our day. The world is structured to accumulate things and happiness is closely linked to this action.

 

– Hi. Is it here you make auditions?

– Yes. Do you play the guitar?

– I play all kinds of guitar. Do you allow me to unload my stuff?

– Ok.

 

He looks like a brusque guy. He’s forward with age and has dyed hair, but dyed badly with white streaks on the scalp attachment. In his place, I’d be embarrassed. He continues to unload guitars and amplifiers and I suspect he has exchanged my pub for a music store.

 

– Hear me: are you alone and in a band?

– Why?

– I see so much stuff. You’ve unloaded a lot of equipment…

– …and so?

– Nothing, I was expressing a…

– No, it seems to me you’re judging me and I don’t allow you!

– If you agree to undergo an audition, it’s implied someone should judge you…

– No, but you want to judge me as a person…

– You’re wrong…

– You see? I still haven’t finished unloading my stuff and you already believe I’m wrong…

– How would you not have finished unloading? Believe me, that’s enough: there’s no need to show me other guitars…

– I decide when I finished unloading my stuff…

– No, I’ll decide it, if you allow me. You’ve filled my pub with guitar cases…

– You must let me to express myself. I’m the artist…

– And who says the opposite? But that’s enough! Take a guitar, attack an amplifier and let me listen to something!

– I don’t like the tone of your voice. Do you understand it?

– Friend, you’re talking a lot. Too much…

– I don’t like people with prejudices…

– Ok. Have you finished the list of things you don’t like? I’d like to listen to some music…

– You have too much trouble, boy…

– Me?

– Yes you.

I think. I’m afraid I don’t get out of that situation, so I prefer to have a collaborative attitude.

– Ok. We only started badly. Whatever was the problem, I apologize.

– Mmm…

– What’s up now?

– I’m trying to understand what’s behind your change of attitude.

– What?

– Mmm…you’re an unstable guy…I don’t like moody persons…

– Oh my God: now stop, for God! If you don’t start to play something, I send you away along with all your fucking guitars!

– You are very aggressive, but don’t believe to scare me. I’m here, so I’ll play.

– Oh, about time too!

– …and anyway I don’t feel at ease!

– You can’t always have what you want…

– And you don’t stare at me…

– Ok.

– You don’t listen to me, then: why are you staring at me?

I keep silent. I get up from my chair, but surely not to shake his hand. Only now this madman in front of me starts playing an acoustic version of We are spirits in the material world of the Police.

 

 

A tormenting version. A lived voice. Excellent guitar technique. Even his hair looks less horrifying.

– A sensational test – I admit. – Bravo.

– Mmm… – he says.

– What else did you prepare?

– I only have this song.

– So why did you unload all that stuff?

– It’s by scene. Cases and boxes are empty.

– Mean?

– An amplifier and a guitar. That’s all I have.

– I understand…

– You know…I don’t have a permanent place to stay. Music, my friend…I only have imaginary things.

– Oh, me too…from today, if you want, you’re a Johnny’s pub musician and this could be your home.

– Well…mmm…okay…

POSTS FROM THE JOHNNY’S PUB

  1. Introduction
  2. Pete Townshend
  3. Keith Richards
  4. John Lee Hooker
  5. Janis Joplin
  6. Chuck Berry
  7. Patti Smith
  8. Syd Barret
  9. Debbie Harry
  10. Cheeta
  11. Mick Jagger
  12. Keith Richards, James Brown, John Belushi
  13. Stuart Sutcliffe
  14. Keith Richards 2
  15. Sgt. Pepper
  16. The diabetic guitarist
  17. Bob Marley
  18. Queen
  19. The quick tempered guitarist

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