I Was Stood Up By Two Strong Hands
by Dan
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Reigning Sound - "Funny Thing"

"I'm an old cop," he said, putting out his cigarette. "It's in my blood, I can't help it. I just want to protect you." The upholstery of the sofa looked like a big patterned joke and his teeth clicked as he swallowed. His daughter, Louisa, stood with her arms hanging limp at her sides, like knotty ropes hanging from her summer dress. "We're moving anyway, what does it matter about this boy?" She stared darkly at the floor, with her hair pulled back and her lips tight. That's exactly why he's important, because we're moving. She thought her father was very practiced at smoking, and that one day she would probably be as good at it. [Buy]

Duchess Says - "Black Flag"

A mere selection from the fictional correspondences between Duchess Says' manager Chip Legrand and Henry Rollins himself:

Hey Henry,

Chip again on behalf of Duchess Says. Just finishing up the new album here and wanted to get your thoughts on something: we have a song called Black Flag and thought maybe we could get you to listen to the album and see what you think. The song isn't about Black Flag or anything, just thought it would be a cool way for you to hear some stuff you normally wouldn't.
take care!
Chip Legrand
Duchess Says

6 months later...

(in an envelope addressed to Chip)
Your letter interested me a great deal. If I listened to everything I got sent I would have to give up either sleeping or eating and I'm not willing to do either.
good night,

Hey Henry,
Chip again. No problem, worth a shot, right? Okay, take care!
Chip Legrand
Duchess Says

(in an envelope addressed to Chip)
I listened to it. that song is made of 80s rubber, timeless pleather, and real emotions. You've dressed up a pop structure in clothes I like. I want DS to accompany me on my spoken word tour. I will be singing. These are the dates.

Hey Henry,
Sounds great, only just have one problem with the Houston date, that's an unavailability for us. The rest are good though!

(in an envelope addressed to Chip)
Never write to me again.

["Never Write to Me Again", the book of correspondences, is out of print]

(image by Reagan Forsythe. it's not the winner of the Sappyfest contest, it's just a picture I like)

Posted by Dan at July 24, 2009 1:26 PM

If it was about Black Flag, there would be nothing wrong with that.

Posted by jay at July 27, 2009 1:16 AM

the cop story is ace.

Posted by black dominoes at August 1, 2009 1:48 AM

Nice pic from Reagan!

Posted by Aaron at August 10, 2009 7:41 PM

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