LINER NOTE #16: THE DAYS OF VENUS, HIV, & BRICKPHONES
Hello all, Cecilia here, popping in with some meta. Thanks for reading Daron's Guitar Chronicles and I hope you're enjoying that new chapters are flowing here on Wattpad, plus I am back to posting twice a week at the DGC site!
A couple of notes about recent chapters that you might find of interest.
FAST AND LOOSE
I played fast and loose with a couple of dates and live shows and I should come clean about that.
First, apologies to Treat Her Right/Morphine for using them as a prop here. See, here's the thing. My roommate Mac and I went to a show one night at Venus de Milo. We had gone there to dance, I think, and didn't know there was going to be a surprise show. He and I moved in together in 1990 so technically that was a year after when the scene with Daron and Jonathan takes place at Venus. So I transposed the show a year earlier.
The really fudgy part is that I don't know what band we saw. It was someone well-known locally who had a national breakout of some kind in the offing. I remember guitars. I don't remember much else. It's possible we never found out who it was, or that I just forgot.
I decided to make it into Morphine because that would fit the time frame and is my best guess for the type of band it was. I don't think it was the Del Fuegos, or No Man, or Scruffy the Cat. I don't think it was some J. Mascis production–I don't think it was Buffalo Tom. I just plain don't remember now. And of course there's nothing Googlable about it.
The other transplant in time I made is the Basque/Garmarna show at the Middle East. In reality, the show was at the Middle East downstairs, not upstairs, in 1994. Both are real bands and the show really happened as described, just a few years later than depicted here.
Hi-Fi Pizza, on the other hand, was exactly as depicted in real time.
Basque really is ethereal female vocals over electric bass, like a mellower and less brittle Cocteau Twins. They're still around, and have a website: http://www.basquemusic.com/. Their CD "Radiate" is often in my writing music when I'm working on things other than DGC. (I'll reveal my DGC playlists at a later date...)
And Garmarna really is Swedish murder ballads rocking out with the hurdy gurdy.
Several readers have commented or written about the scene where Carynne forces Daron to go to see a doctor. I used to live around the corner from the medical center they visit. And in those days it really was sort of dicey as to whether you'd keep your insurance if you tested positive. My doctor gave me the same speech Daron gets, only he really convinced me to go get an anonymous test.
So I went down to the Fenway Community Health Center (which is still there, by the way) and got tested, and then had to go back and get the results on a different day. I wasn't even engaged in risky behavior (...much...) at the time, but the anxiety the whole scenario created was very real.
The woman who did my testing was a very earnest young activist with kind of stringy hair and a stressed-out sort of body odor. And she really played it serious, coming into the room when she had the results, totally somber, and giving me this kind of short speech about the importance of safe sex practices and how regardless of what the results might show, that I'd keep my commitment to practicing them... etc... I literally felt faint by then. There's a scene in Sex in the City, actually, where Samantha faints at the clinic when she mis-hears her results, isn't there? So maybe things haven't changed that much...
Anyway, my earnest young tester was then like, "Okay, sorry to keep you in suspense. You're clean."
REMINDERS FOR READERS
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Daron’s Guitar Chronicles tells the story of Daron Marks, a young gay guitar player, from about the time he is eighteen onward. He arrives at RIMCon (Rhode Island Musical Conservatory) in the mid-1980s, desperate to leave behind a dysfunctional fami...