Saturday, January 22, 2011

"I know that you love me baby, but you don't know how to show it."



Driving around the loop in Chicago looking for a lost friend who I fear had fallen prey to a cult farther South, why else the strange letters and then silence. He said he was getting married. And that was all. Maried to whom? Where?..."Someone from among my friends," he had telegraphed. And then no more contact, either with me or his family.
He was a sensitive guy, very creative. Photographer.
But he'd had this thing about lady photographers. He'd been stung once or twice by artistic, domineering chicks who could outshoot and outsell him and that gave them a certain power. Arty women, even painters could be quite a handful for Alex, who wasn't sure if he were all that far past his f-stop when it came to photography. Yet I don't recall him ever being thrown out of bed. Maybe it was his way with creative women.
But yet he was missing all the same.

I pulled by the docks not far from the Chicago Tribune, went to park near a truck stop. Truckers knew everything. They been everywhere. Doesn't matter how smart you are when you try to find a needle in a haystack. You have to start somewhere.
My friend had been a photographer. I had been something of a musician.
But there are musicians and there are musicians.
Right there on a wharf, I heard the amplified blue notes of guitar. A tall old black guy was playing to nobody in particular, his amp plugged into a service outlet and his Fender in his hand.
I had never heard the blues he was playing before:

"I know that you love me baby
...But you don't know how to show it"

And then a riff like the devil. No honky could copy it, except maybe Keith Richards, though he does use computer notation, even for riffs.

"I know that you love me baby
But you don't know how to show it."


I parked the car and walked over to the old Chicago blues man. Threw ten dollars into his hat. He just nodded and kept playing.

"I know that you love me baby, but you don't know how to show it."

I nad the sense, somehow that I would find my friend.

But because of those blues, I knew the news would not be good.

This was Chicago.

My friend was in Illinois now.
They got some hungry women there.

20 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

The "Married" is a pretty big cult, or maybe it's a gang. They have their own signs, their own mode of dress. they pass secret information among each other.

SY said...

what a beautiful way to describe such a scary journey.. hoping your friend is alright, Ivan
- Sy

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

You know things, Charles.

ivan@creativeriting.ca said...

Thank you, SY.

JR's Thumbprints said...

There are more ways to show love than marriage. Hope you get to him soon, hope it isn't too late.

EA Monroe said...

I loved this post, Ivan. You have style! Hope you write more about Alex. It sounds like quite a journey.

~Liz

ivan said...

Thanks, Liz,

Got the style from the good old Toronto Star Weekly and its excellent editor in those days, the late Gerry Anglin, bless his soul. He was my teacher.
...And so many others!
Will do more on Alex's plight.
Thanks again.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

JR,

To be a little mawkish, I fear that my Alex has ended up like the late Jimmy Hoffa, not as an off-ramp for the I-28, but under a flagstone in some cultist's garden.
--I hope not.

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Fundraiser - Sunday Jan 23 2010 - Orleans Restaurant - 17380 Yonge St Newmarket Ont Canada - 4pm - $ 20 cover

" Put the Miles Behind You" Singer-Songwriter Mark Seagully was so touched by the story(YRMG) of a homeless father and son he decided to come out of semi-retirement and play a benefit and at the same time invited some friends along - leaving the gig with the possibility of some cool cats dropping in to Jam. Little whispers say some musician friends of a higher than usual bar brand echelon may drop in to play so don't miss it. Also on the big screens will be the documentary - Paul in Red Square".

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See you tonight.
www.povertyacc.com



Posted by ivan@creativewriting.ca to Ivan's Blog at 1/23/2011 2:15 PM

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Tom Pearson,

First an anti-poverty activist, and now a film maker. Congratulations on organizing the event the the docu-film.

the walking man said...

Let the story unfold in this near Hemingway prose and I will see it through to it's conclusion as you re-live it. ain't nothing worse than being a sucker for a muse.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mark,

Coming from you, who, I don't think, suffers fools or bad writers gladly, I am spurred on for more work on this.

Take care.

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