Previously with Soul to Body: https://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/leavethepieces/
Violet chatted with Mallory near the gas pumps while he paid for their sandwiches. He watched Violet, through smudged windows, laughing with her acquaintance of less than thirty minutes. His dark, sad eyes caught a familiar image next to the candy bars and chapstick. It was a Janis Joplin Greatest Hits CD. The cashier appeared from a back room carrying dollar bills and loose change. Wearing dirty, blue coveralls and a red University of Georgia baseball cap, the attendant’s tooth-challenged grin widened as his customer spoke.
“I’d like to get this CD so take another five dollars out of that.”
Violet and Mallory walked into the station as he took his white sack full of sandwiches and cokes. He tried to hide the CD in the back waistband of his jeans.
“Dad, you got me a surprise didn’t you?”
He looked at the red gas can in Violet’s left hand then turned to Mallory.
“If my daughter talked you into the mindset of not driving us back to our car, I’d understand.”
Mallory pulled long strands of striking red hair around her ears and chuckled.
“Violet’s great. Apparently my niece plays volleyball for a rival high school. It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw each other at a game, soon.”
He smiled and led the three of them toward the door. The CD fell out of his jeans. The awkward clunking sound startled everyone. Mallory picked it up and remarked.
“I love Janis. I’ve been known to wail Me and Bobby McGee in the car. I pick up cool stuff like this at random too.”
Neither he nor Violet responded. As they reached Mallory’s car, Violet leaned into him.
“I loved when mom sang that song to you on your birthdays. Now we can hear it all the time.”
This is a new story episode of Soul To Body about sixteen-year-old Violet and her widowed father. You can find the rest of the story, so far, here: https://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/soul-to-body/
In honor of Davy Jones and the other artists who enhance our lives, this week’s Red Writing Hood prompt draws inspiration from music. http://writeonedge.com/2012/03/red-writing-hood-1-songs-the-week-you-were-born/
Go to This Day In Music, and discover what was number 1 on the charts in the United States, England or Australia the day you or your character was born, or any other special day in your/their life, if you prefer.
Listen to the song(s) and let it inspire you. In 300 words or less.
Violet’s dad was born in March 1971, when Me and Bobby McGee topped the charts.
Here’s the inspiration, written by the legendary Kris Kristofferson and immortalized by the late great Janis Joplin