I’m in New York City again this week for work. One of the spots we hung out was Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the birthplace of the great rock singer, Pat Benatar. I conferred with Leeroy and he agreed that this week’s 100 word song should be a nod to the recently turned 61-year-old multiple Grammy winner and early 1980s superstar. We went with You Better Run, the second video ever played on MTV, and the tune that made her an icon to teen girls and the object of desire to teen boys, everywhere, in the decade of headbands and leg warmers.
My story around which my 100 word song entry takes place happens in July 1989, a little past Pat’s prime. But the attitude and lyrics are perfect. Have fun with this one. There aren’t any streets in Brooklyn named after Pat, but there should be.
Here’s my 100, back to Silas and Olive.
Bart pulled one of the thirteen one-hundred dollar bills and handed it to Silas. Silas inhaled some of the marijuana joint then exchanged it for the money. He realized his single day of getting hit in the face was worth the equivalent of two weeks pay of honest work. Olive pranced from the house, smiling, and called to Bart.
“Zola wants you. I’ll take that joint.”
Silas looked away, disgusted by her sudden sunny disposition. Bart left them. She leaned into Silas, choking a bit on marijuana smoke.
“I told Zola we were staying indefinitely and we loved it here.”
I wrote two books. They got good reviews. The third one, a sequel to the first, Woman Of Troy, is on the way, next month.
The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com