This was originally going to be the first chapter of a novel (you know, the book you always want to write but never do...) but I like it better as a short story. Critiques welcome! Is the pacing okay? Jane's character? Tina's character? All comments are welcome
I was in a diner the other night watching the wait staff scurry around, and my dad said something about how the world would be a better place if every person was required to work as a waiter for a year. I've always figured that waiters know something about humanity the rest of us don't realize.
Decide for yourself whether Pinetop's is a magical place that can disappear or reappear or if it's simply just hard to find :3
I'm from Atlanta, which has a pretty decent blues scene. We've got blues joints like Fat Matt's Rib Shack and Blind Willie's and stuff like that. They're probably more fun when you're actually old enough to drink though
"Pinetop's Tavern" is named after two people, both prominent figures in blues history: Pinetop Perkins, a fantastic blues pianist who was one of the last original Mississippi Delta blues musicians; and Pinetop Smith, whose song "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" was one of the most influential boogie woogie songs (giving the genre its name). Pinetop Perkins died last year and Pinetop Smith died in 1929 at age 24; there are no known photographs of Smith.
The line "Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased" comes from Spider Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series, which is a good set of books to get into if you like puns and science fiction and Irish bartenders.
The song Freddy Four-Hands, Marla, and Loomis sing at the end (with the whole bar joining in) is "Have a Real Good Time" by Trampled Under Foot. This is the only video I can find of it: [link] They're a great band and their album "Wrong Side of the Blues" is one of the best things to come out in the last 10 years. Go listen to them, they're wonderful. Danielle Schnebelen has such a lovely voice.
And because why not, here's Dr. Gregory House playing "Suwanee River": [link]
Ever feel like people don't see the real you? Yeah. For me, this poem relates the girl that other people see and the person I really am. But I really love how other people can relate this poem to their own situations.
And so this is my entry for #SixWordStories' Self-Portrait Mini-Contest!