Hanging By A Thread 2.11 Here and There


We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight this battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home
(Layne Staley)

Last week I attended the Alice In Chains show.

Early on in the headliner set, I texted the friends that I had come with, letting them know that I had lost my way and probably wouldn’t be back until the end. We continued to send messages back and forth throughout because, after all, this wasn’t the Galaxy so I didn’t have to worry about someone calling me a ‘Tommy Texter’ or complaining because the white light in my hand was somehow detracting from their complete enjoyment of the evening’s entertainment.

At one point in the show I received an electronic note from my friend that said exactly what I was thinking in that moment:

Still sort of hurts my heart hearing the lyrics to the old tunes…

It was true. In shining lights on the drums were the initials of their two deceased bandmates, reminding everyone in attendance that nobody would even be there that evening had it not been for the musical energy and tragically poignant chronicling of addiction that made up much of the band’s early and most familiar songs. It was interesting to note that it was raining that morning.

Every now and then we find ourselves coming together to try to figure life and death out, to ask questions, to hear other people’s answers and to somehow make some sense of it all in community. In the end, as we were reminded so long ago now, the love you take is equal to the love you make, but in many cases, you can’t take all that love with you any more than you can take the new car, caviar or anything else in your four-star daydream. That stuff- even the love- is left behind to be shared around in your memory by those who survive you.

So this Thread is an existential one. There are songs about the here and now and songs about the hereafter. Somehow, we’ll sort it all out and even have a few laughs along the way…

but today’s show is for Craig and Terry

The Common Thread airs every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 on
91.3 CJTR- Regina’s Community Radio

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