Rock, Soul…and Blues
As I mentioned before, this past week I’ve been helping K the best I can to keep her spirits up as she deals with issues at work. We had a great Saturday doing some sightseeing. First, I need to point out that we live near Memphis, Tennessee. The home of Elvis, B.B. King, Otis Redding, and many others.
We’ve lived here for just over three years now, and we just finally made our trip to some historic places in the city. First stop on Saturday was Sun Studios, where Elvis made his first recording. Learning the history of how important Memphis was to the history of Rock and Blues, really helped tie us to our new home city. They have the master of “Rocket 88”, considered the first rock album, recorded in the room where we were standing. The recording studio, where so many greats have recorded, and still record is completely original and untouched. They had a picture, taken in the 50’s, of the million dollar quartet, a jam session with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. To think of those four, in the same room…wow. Needlessly to say, we got a whole new appreciation of what Memphis means to us.
Our second stop on Saturday was a visit to Stax, the home of Soulville, USA. Stax recorded amazing artists such as, Rufus Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Heyes, and so on. Again, we got a whole new appreciation for the positive things that came out of Memphis.
After our little outing, we went back to the apartment, got a couple of drinks and listened to a whole lot of music from Sun and Stax, and watched the Blues Brother (one of my all time favorite movies).
So as you can see, Saturday was a good day, K’s mind was nowhere near her issues at work. Then came Sunday and just one little incident that changed that state of mind. As K was taking some clothes out of the dryer, she immediately noticed that she had left a pen in there, where it exploded and staining a load of clothes. This little incident triggered all those feelings she had been trying to avoid all week. When she flipped out about the clothes, I knew immediately that her anger had nothing to do with the ruined clothes. I knew that it had everything to do with her issues at work. After a good cry and some talking, she was feeling a lot better, letting all those emotions out, and we were soon back to figuring out how to salvage some socks and shirts stained with ink.
So I guess you can sometimes push bad feelings aside, but in the end, you’re still going to have to deal with those feelings sooner or later. I hope you all have a great weekend,