By Deborah Small
World-class paintings and poetry at the colonization of the Americas.
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Garth was impressed, but only momentarily. "Merlin," he said, sounding rather desperate, "I need five hundred bucks. " Garth nearly laid an egg. Here was a guy who'd written stuff that actually made it onto an album, and he needed a measly five hundred bucks. " Merlin and the songwriter looked at Garth as if he had two heads. " The visit with Merlin worked its magic on Garth. That night he sat in his hotel room and stared at the ceiling. He suddenly felt an acute homesickness, one that over powered everything, even his greatest fear: returning to Oklahoma to face the worst humiliation of his life.
The door was open, and he motioned me in with a nod. The first thing I noticed was the picture of John Wayne hung prominently behind his chair. His apartment was like most of the holes my friends lived in: uneven floor, cracked ceiling, leaky faucet, grainy TV, and furniture Goodwill probably wouldn't accept. But there was something unnaturally clean about Garth's place. It was far too organized for a normal guy. Then I noticed the girl reading in the bedroom. " She looked up just long enough to smile a hello, then resumed her reading.
He didn't sell a lot of merchandise, but no one cared. His bosses, Ed and Ann Watkins, were two of his biggest fans. Garth was one helluva singer, they said. I had never seen Garth play. I was busy with my own band at the time, so I really didn't get out to see anyone else. Besides, I was a typical rock 'n roll snob. I rolled my eyes when people drooled about how great Garth was. Who wanted to listen to some hayseed sing "Your Cheatin' Heart" at that dump Willie's? Deep down, though, one of the main reasons I detested country music was that I was scared of the people who normally listened to it.
1492: What Is It Like to Be Discovered? by Deborah Small