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Thread #104574   Message #2648508
Posted By: Art Thieme
04-Jun-09 - 04:40 PM
Thread Name: A little vintage Art Thieme
Subject: RE: A little vintage Art Thieme
For sure there are some details in the very nice summary of my doings that don't jibe with the truth o' it. For one, there was no rural Rock River Valley in my childhood at all. That myth may have started because one of the 3 songs I ever wrote is named "The Rock River Valley" -- and it concerns a boy growing up there. The truth is that I pulled that song out of my imagination one beauteous and sunny day when I was hiking in Northern Illinois. When any of us were singing at a great folk club in Rockford, Illinois called Charlotte's Web we'd be put up at an old farmhouse outside of town. The next town over, a couple of miles away, was Rockton, Illinois where there was a small place on Main St., Dora's Kitchen, that made the best apple pie I'd ever tasted. Thoughts of that just about perfect delicacy were magnetizing me onward through the green and growing Rock River Valley, and I did eat two servings of Dora's pie that afternoon. (We never awoke from the doings of the night before until noon, at least, back then.)

On the way back to Bill and Karen Howard's spare farmhouse for meandering folksingers, I sat down by the river, and that little song sort of erupted from my innards like a balky hairball shot from the jaws of Jack Kerouac---our cat. --- I suspect that was probably the start of any myth out there about my beginnings being rural.

Actually, I grew up in an apartment in a high-rise building in Chicago! Any rural-ness in me was acquired later from spending vacations with my aunt and uncle in Dekalb, Illinois.

And I'm left wondering if this "Elijah Browning guy might be, actually, our son, Chris, who is having his 39th birthday TODAY---June 4th---even as we speak!!!!!!----- He's the only one who has mentioned this Wicked-pedophile thing to me---whatever that is. --- I'll take a chance: hris, Tried to call today and only got your answering machine! HAPPY BI
We love you and Kat and the kids more than we can say.. (But you know that!!) ---