A Perception of Despondency……#140A (70’s)


.  A despondency began to infiltrate the character of the musician,  the correspondence with the daily commitment  to  the club had become a burden, finding it a non-fulfilling enterprise.  the endeavor a solitary responsibility and investment, what began as a shared interest was no more,  Gary desiring a way out.   A visit with previous proprietor  Bill Diehl to see if he was at all  interested in the club,  discovering that he had found other means of opportunity.   Gary finally writing off his investment, the financial aspect was of no great loss, but the time effort invested was.   The Derrick would close its doors, bowing to the custodial care of receivership, a walk-away solution.   Gary’s home life was experiencing the same tribulation, there was an apprehension of a failure, the couple beginning to find little meaning in their relationship.  A cloud of depression descending, enveloping one of  despondency, a lack of communication halting a search for a solution.

.  The engagements in Alva was an ongoing  success with a discovery of bookings at the Moose Lodge, Elks Club and other established venues on subsequent weekends when not booked at the Night-Lite, the out of town bookings giving Gary a relief from the depression brought on by the recent decisions and self inflicted guilt.  Veldon  Woolley,  the owner of the Nite-Lite Club  offering the band a steady weekend booking if they would no longer require a contracted wage,   willing to accept control of the door and play for the cover charge.  Gary convincing the band to accept the challenge, the club already at times overflowing,  and the number of customers  was continuing to grow.    Jerry Willis’s wife Darlene,  and her Oklahoma City Cattlemen’s Cafe co-worker Donna,  volunteering to monitor the door on Friday and Saturday nights, the club attendance exceeding all expectations.  With the weekends booming,  Gary and Bob Wallace deciding to expand the entertainment,   journeying to Alva a day early performing Thursday nights as a duo.

. The regular Alva residency of the  Oklahoma City band,  now named the Persuaders,   was the Western Motel, finding Bill, the owner,  giving the group special budgeting price accords for their regular weekend stays.  Gary discovering the motels  primary income discerned during the  week  consisted mostly from the transports of commerce,   the big rigs.   The bands motel occupancy would include Gary,  Jerry Willis accompanied by his wife Darlene and several friends that worked at Cattlemen’s in Oklahoma City.   Bob Wallace with his current friend Vicki also partaking of the motel and pool.   One afternoon, poolside,  everyone couldn’t help but notice when Kenny Kannada introduced a striking concert from Kiowa Kansas,  Jan Murrow. 

. Gary remaining resolute in his confines having invited his wife Kaye to join him on several occasions in the past, but always getting the same declination, given the same reason, they  might call her to work on weekends at the FAA Center.   As time progressed, the musician realizing mixed feelings when away from his Oklahoma City domain, The prevailing solace lifting, the encroachment of  concupiscence no longer prevalent but still a need of something,  or somebody. 


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