The music video is of my friend Mike Zito. When Laurie at Real Toads used "bottleneck" as a prompt I immediately thought of Mike. The original slide used on the guitar was an actual bottle neck to create the sound. Hop on over to Real Toads and see how others were inspired to use the word "bottleneck.' A Word With Laurie: Bottleneck
Friday, September 14, 2012
Metal Chord Voodoo
Conjuring up juke joint ghosts
in a metal chord voodoo
of fingers using a slide on strings
the guitar player hypnotizes souls
to give their bodies to rhythm.
Blues mingles with the smoke
of cigarettes, liquor, and voices
to spread its gospel to ears
that want to hear the bayou
preached on a Saturday night.
Amen’s of “Play it boy” pour
from the faithful who have
spent their week jumping
through hoops for the man
and just want to forget about
what it takes to make a dollar.
A broken Lone Star beer clock
hangs above the head
of the guitarist and his silver slide
evoking a faux hallo glow
as his music invites his tipsy following
to have another drink and give
a generous offering to their waitress.
©Susie Clevenger 2012