Show How You Can Use Awkward Areas
Nights we practiced in the basement. You would pretend to be Brandon Flowers, black eyeliner
smudging as you played air guitar. The band was "ready to be something," you told me.
My silver flute seemed out of place beside blown speakers and a glittering drum set. There was no room
for my sheet music, or the phonograph I'd bought at an estate sale.
That was when I began driving out into the desert. He'd take me on hikes through the mountains.57 It
became a kind of hobby, like shopping or couponing.
Before long you held auditions for a new flute player. I mouthed the same songs in different parts of the
city.58 But even then, music didn't seem to be the point.
57. This passage refers to an alternate version of the myth, in which Icarus constructs wings from driftwood and silk. Although cautioned against flying near the sun, his outstretched arms were said to ignite mid-air.
58. "It wasn't long before the spectacle began. A crowd of bejeweled women gathered before the ruined invention. They found that the display of lights still left them cold."