Arlo Hennings is another friend who has contributed a compilation of tracks which have meant something in his life, while I take a break from mine here in Jakarta.
In his well-received memoir Guitarlo, Minnesota born Arlo has written about his teenage years, his journey to Woodstock, his life as a musician, artist manager, studio engineer, producer, and much much more, which eventually lead him to Bali where we first met in hyperspace through our mutual friend Leonardo Pavkovic who was promoting Indonesian music on his NYC-based label MoonJune Records.
“This compilation is of some of my favorite teenage tripping songs.”
01. Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy
02. King Crimson – Moonchild including The Dream And The Illusion
03. Deep Purple – Shield
04. Quicksilver Messenger Service – The Fool
05. Jimi Hendrix – 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
06. The Moody Blues – Om
07. The Doors – The End
After my eyes had adjusted to the dimly lit room, I saw that Spaghetti Man’s face was the shadowy white color of washed marble. Up close, he had a just-woke-up glaze over his flaky, crimson eyes – the same eyes I’d seen on the face of road kill. Spaghetti Man was so named, I later learned, because when he was high on barbiturates he fell down or crashed into things. He always got back up to reenact the fall. Thus, he resembled a wet human noodle.
“Aye, it’s a fine day in the lair of the minotaur,” Rodent added. His head wouldn’t stop shaking. Rodent had bright white, straight hair, and a sharp nose that protruded from a chunky face. Because he was prone to being unscrupulous with money, the gang called him by that which he resembled – a rat. Rodent grew up without a father. His mother and sister, who was impregnated by her stepfather, were both midgets and collected state aid. The Feds had Rodent’s draft number, and were questioning his mother regarding his whereabouts.
Crazy Dave patted him on the back, took the flask and gulped it down. “When did you get out of the hospital?” Crazy Dave earned his nickname by hiring the gang to drive him insane while under the influence of LSD so when interviewed by the draft board they would clearly see that he was, in fact, crazy and issue him a medical discharge.