Silent disapproval………#142 (the 70’s)

The Penn Apartments

The Penn Apartments

The musicians first impression of Jan’s parents was one of apprehension considering the situation, outwardly they displayed a politeness that could be considered typical of parents when introduced to a friend of  their daughters, but beneath the surface he suspected a cloistered disdain because of his circumstances and his involvement with her.  To him the Murrow’s assessment of the musician seemed  more of a reaction to Jan’s past discretionary prose, Gary surmising that the retrospection of their daughters  two prior marriages may have had something to do with their sentiment.  Jan’s first marriage a full white gown church ceremony, the groom having just fulfilled his naval service military obligation,  the marriage inaugurated briefly but abruptly ended with him according an annulment.  Her second and recent marriage was to a motorcycle enthusiast whom she soon discovered was prone to be physically abuse, resulting with her filing for  divorce.  Helen,  Jan’s mother,  openly displaying a concern about her daughter’s undertaking a move to Oklahoma City, but for some reason ignoring Gary’s marital status or questioning a concern about his intentions,  just a silent amplification of disapproval.

Bud and Helen Murrow

Bud and Helen Murrow

Jan arrived in Oklahoma City with her poodle Mitzi having decided to discount the wishes of her parents and with her arrival the clouds of uncertainty all but disappeared in Gary’s world but at the same time realizing a new financial burden.  Gary having an idea, deciding to approach the Penn Apartment management concerning their rent, having discovered  the waiting period he experienced before moving into his apartment was cause by the unavailability of the apartments  painting contractor.  Seizing on this information he informed the manager that he was an experienced painter and that in exchange for his apartment rent he would be on call to paint all vacancies on a ‘as needed basis’  with no per diem charge.  The lady  manager was more than susceptible to idea of no longer having to delay a rental because of  the painters schedule,  but would have to get an approval from corporate.  Gary soon receiving word that corporate gave its approval and his apartment and utilities were now considered complementary.  Jan deciding it was time to look for work but was having a difficult time finding employment applying but being turned down  at 7-11  for being truthful on her application about having smoked pot, but her perseverance paid off  accepting a night-time position  at a packaged sandwich endeavor, which supplied their product to 7-11’s and other small convenient stores.

The ventured new life finding the bands Bob Wallace retaining an apartment in the Penn Complex with his concert Vicki who was expecting, Gary suspecting that it was the reason for Bob to mellow from his lifestyle. The vocalist providing a daily acquaintance,  establishing a new perspective to Gary’s outlook discovering that he shared nothing in common with Bob except music.  Bob was a pot smoker,  Gary having been exposed to it as an occupational hazard years ago and admittedly having tried it but came to discover that after smoking pot a five-minute song seemed to last ten minutes so he never indulged again and like his closes friends Jerry and Glenn the only cigarettes they smoked cost 35 cents and came out of a machine.  The local bookings were scares, the 70’s having brought a change to the club activity of Oklahoma City, the musician surmised the boom days of  the clubs like the top 40 music stations were fast  becoming a memory.

the communcation of a suscessful operation

the commutation of a successful operation

Gary lay prone beneath the 1966 Ford pickup in the Penn Apartment parking area  removing the  starter during the  thunderstorm induced deluge hoping that new brushes  would reconstruct its performing appointment.   Once removed, the dissembling completed,  the rotor and armature looking satisfactory, but the brushes appeared worn to the point of nonexistent, a glance at his watch telling him that  the temporal clock was evicting a halt to the starters final recovery.  It was t 120 miles to Clinton and for the band to start on time they needed to get started.  Jerry Willis arriving, both knowing there was no way the band equipment would fit in his car,  the excursion would have to be made in Gary’s Pickup without a starter.  The slope of the driveway onto SW 36th providing just enough roll for Gary to pop the clutch, the motor turning over.   The rain having receded in Oklahoma City,  but resumed again when traversing west on interstate 40,  the plastic visqueen covering the instruments loosening,  but still provided ample protection.   Arriving at their destination with no choice but to  leave the Pickups  running while they unloaded the instruments.   Gary having some concern about getting it started after the gig but luck intervened discovering a United Supermarket Store  two blocks away with a slightly slanted downhill parking area.  The only casualty during the trip because of the loosen visqueen was the Fender Rhodes  a number of keys receiving moisture, when a single key was depressed it would be joined by another,  but as the night progressed individuality prevailed.  The night concluding *Ole Blue, Gary and Jerry finding an unassailable return to the City.

Gary, Jerry Bob and drummer Joey

Gary, Jerry, Bob and Joey

The band’s recently acquired young drummer Joey Marino’s first telephone call wasn’t to much of a concern, but the second registered an uncertainty, Joey on the line explaining he had loaned Bob his drums and now was unable to locate Wallace.  Gary following up with Joey’s call,  making some inquiries but like Joey unable to discover Bob’s whereabouts. It wasn’t very long  when he receiving a phone call.   “Coach”, Bob never calling Gary by his first name always referring to him as Coach, “I’m in California and don’t know when I’ll return”, Gary somewhat taken back but the worse was yet to come  the shocking news, Bob saying that he had hocked Joey’s drums in Albuquerque for gas money.  Now wasn’t the time to panic, the band having several weekend Clinton  club dates still remaining, Gary needing a singer and a drummer.  He heard that Kenny Kannada was still in town driving for a tow-truck operator and possibly available, but the question was finding a drummer.   A phone call to the Kelly Q’Ellar agency asking about a  drummer, Kelly surprising Gary mentioning that his trio was not booked and although having never worked with Gary’s band he would play the Clinton engagement himself.  The pianist finding Kenny free to play, the Clinton engagement was cover, but uncertainty still reigned.  Without a full-time singer and drummer he didn’t have a band, the musician wasn’t looking forward to returning to a piano bar.  In the past playing piano bar  was by choice, but this time with the current circumstances thrust upon him  there might not be any other options.

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