Those of you who are familiar with the TV show Parks and Recreation will be familiar with Nick Offerman. He’s the actor who plays Ron Swanson mustachioed misanthrope who grudgingly gives advice and a listening ear while masticating meat.
Chester Arthur Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf) grew up the son of divorced share croppers. He was kicked out of his mother’s home at a young age when he refused to work for 18 cents per day. He was sent to live with his mother’s brother who treated him badly and then around age 14, he ran away and found his father’s family; supposedly walking 85 miles barefoot to reach him. His father loved him and they were happy together.
He learned to play guitar from a popular musician of the day, Charley Patton, who taught him how to use the guitar and “might” have given him his nickname.
Earlier today, I was working with one of my regular collaborators in New Wave, a coffee shop near Logan Square in Chicago this afternoon. When we arrived they were playing some of the New Wave that inspired their name and decor. After a few songs, the music changed to something vergin on Free Jazz that I enjoyed, but my partner did not. After awhile she went up to the counter and asked them to turn it down so that she could work. The barrista did as requested, but he did it grudgingly and then shortly there after switched the music to some truly appalling punk that did not deserve the vinyl it was pressed on. In addition, he cranked the volume to a level that made it impossible for us to speak at less than a low yell.
After three or four songs, my partner asked me to see if I would do any better, since I tend to be a bit less abrasive than her in confrontations. I agreed. There’s something about low-quality punk, caffeine and the Adderall that I take to combat my ADD that made me feel as if I wanted to break things into tinier things.
I took a minute or two to think and here is what I came up with to improve my chance of success compared with our last attempt.