Etta is out of town, in Colorado to spend time with her sister Effie. I have been struggling to take care of myself, doing things like fixing my bike, and having white sprinkled cakeballs delivered from a local bakery. Maybe next time I need to hire a babysitter. I have also been up late playing Quake 2, of course, and talking to my friend Pierce who is going through ups and downs in a relationship. I sent Pierce some of my favorite lyrics, from Chicago artist Baby Huey’s cover of Sam Cooke’s, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Baby Huey added these spoken words:
It seems like I tried so hard to get back where I started from. It took about twenty years of very serious smoking, a few ups and downs, a few trips… a little space odyssey every once in a while to get back to being a kid all over. Because you know when you see a little boy or a little girl running down the street, running to meet the popsicle truck. And all of a sudden you’ve got to turn around and say, “Wow, I’ll be glad when this cat gets here! All these changes I’m going through!”
Back home again, baby. Then comes the age when you start drinking wine, taking care of business at the drive-in movies. Then one day a partner of yours gives you one of them funny looking cigarettes and says, “it’s time for you to get mellow one more time.” And after that first hit the whole world sort of brightens up just a little bit. But you know, I come from back, way back in Indiana where we still got outhouses, and brothers wearing pointy-toed shoes and carrying .45s. Well you know there’s… there’s three kinds of people in this world. That’s why I know a change has gotta come. I say there’s white people, black people, then there’s my people.