A Little Bit of Hurt
by Dan
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Garnette Mimms - "Cry Baby"

I deliver pizzas. For 8 hours, sometimes 9, at a time, I drive around and get as many pizzas to as many people as possible. When you think about how much pizza that is, and how much pizza people are eating, it's kind of disgusting. But if you let the poetry of it be the shining quality, it can be nice. I get to see a small window, opened briefly and slightly hidden from me, of people's lives. A tall girl with a short boyfriend who acts like I'm trying to interview him for his court case. A fat man alone. A bunch of teenagers laughing and showing off their beers. People who apologise for ordering pizza, as if I'm taking note or casting judgment. Gruff people who grab the box and stare at me like I should leave. Overly nice people who put the money on the box, so I can't even get it without putting it down. People who are trying to be funny, with me as an uninvited audience of one, people who look like they pity me, and people who look right through me out into the street. I take my tips as a measure of how much my charms are working. On average, they're not working very well, but cold calls were never my strong suit. The wet streets sing a song between houses, and the red lights, reflected, like chorus singers, triple-lunged baaabyyy...

Tarheel Slim & Little Ann - "You're Gonna Reap"

In the realm of the first slowdance, sweat is an international power. It casts its name firmly in the iron of history, written a signature of closeness and smell that will last eternally. I remember the smell left on the shoulder of my long-sleeve shirt, a smell I left there for as long as I could. In the May heat of the darkened afternoon gymnasium, her chin hooked over my shoulder and her neck, perspiring quickening on my shoulder, it was indelible, permanent. I succumbed to its firm policy of maintenance, upkeep and heed. I'm left scarred, proudly, as if each mark on my character were an initial, a signature in the guestbook of my existence. An "i was here" where someone thought my body worthy of such vandalism.

[from a compilation called A Little Bit of Hurt available to buy only at the Mississippi Records Store]
[Mississippi Records Store in Portland]

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Posted by Dan at June 2, 2009 9:57 AM

wonderful songs - found you through hype machine. Nice waxing on pizza-delivery poetics!

Posted by Craig at June 2, 2009 10:44 AM

great writing, craig! A Little Bit of Hurt, is part of the mississippi cassette compilation series, which can only be picked up at their store in portland. the link above is about some other mississippi records, i guess.

Posted by radosek at June 2, 2009 11:35 AM

another great posting. the pizza delivery guy short was inspiring. So true.

Posted by brian at June 2, 2009 3:01 PM

thanks, Craig, Brian. Thanks radosek, my error is fixed.

Posted by dan at June 2, 2009 4:45 PM

I love this site so much. So often when people write about music they get so caught up in defining who sounds like who and the particulars of instrumentation, but you folks really seem to understand the art behind a song. The emotion and the atmosphere and all that. It's fantastic and I never get tired of reading it.

Also, love the bit about the pizza delivery. I can relate to relishing in witnessing slices of strange lives.

This summer I'm working with a window cleaning company, and it's so great when we have to clean interior windows because I'm just like standing in these people's houses for an hour or so. Just like. Standing there. I get to see photos lining the staircase walls and CD collections and how long its been since they've opened their windows, judging by the amount of cob webs in the corners. Ahh. It's grand.

Anyway. Smashing job and I love love love this blog. Thanks!

Posted by Alie at June 2, 2009 11:20 PM

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