In The Van On Comeback Road Part 19

I am a musician, and I can tell you that lying down to make love with Gina is very much like jamming with another musician for the first time.

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Gina and I walk back through the city to her apartment, maybe twenty minutes from Matt's place. I'm excited, thinking about what might happen when we arrive but I play it cool. I don't want her to think I'm some punk who can't keep it together.

As we walk we munch the pot cookies and drink the beers from the case I'm carrying and we talk about what else? Music: the only thing that both of us really know and are interested in.

She tells me about the plans her band has. Machine Within A Machine has recorded an independent album, and they are ready to tour to promote it. The record sounds raw but professional, and in a couple months, when all of the shows are lined up and everything is arranged, they are going across Canada to sell the disc. It will be the biggest musical endeavor any of them have undertaken. Plus, they have the opportunity to be the first opener for El Grande Floyd Ciccone, an old time drug rocker, when he plays Toronto in the fall.

By the time we arrive at the front door of her place we're both smashed senseless, drunk and high. We manage to stumble up the stairs of the old building to her apartment. Once inside she puts on a Velvet Underground record and we relax on her couch. It's a fair sized apartment which she shares with two students from the university. There are books stacked up on the coffee tables and the place is in the general disarray that seems to follow busy young people around.

"You seem like a good guy," she tells me when we're relaxing on the couch. "Kind of clueless, but in a funny way."

"Thanks, I guess." I want to tell her what I've been thinking since I met her, that she's the kind of girl I dream about, beautiful, talented and not the goofy kind of shallow flake I usually tend to meet, but I decide it's much to soon to say anything of the sort. I just say something banal in response.

Nothing much happens until I ask to take a closer look at her tattoos. She says sure and to my surprise, pulls her t-shirt off. In a black bra she beckons me closer and shows me what she has inked on each of her upper arms. On her right arm is a Decepticon symbol, from the Transformers toys. I ask her why, and she shrugs.

"I was an eighties kid, and pretty much a tomboy, so I thought Transformers were cool. If you're a Decepticon you're a deceiver, and you hide your true form from people, unless you want to let them see the real you. That's what I try and do. I don't let people see what I'm really like unless I want them to."

On her left shoulder was a butterfly, outlined with a heart. "I was in love with someone who had a butterfly tattoo. After they were gone I got a butterfly inside a heart, so I would always remember them."

At that moment I choose to kiss her, and from there we proceed to the bedroom.

I'm not a writer by trade, and I would not like to make a fool of myself by trying to describe the inner workings of a sex act between two people. But I am a musician, and I can tell you that lying down to make love with Gina is very much like jamming with another musician for the first time. Both people are tentative, unwilling to go straight ahead. They move slowly, gradually revealing what they are capable of and what they want to play, while trying hard to pay attention to the other person's playing, and trying to guess what they want to play.

Each player does his or her best to play along with the style the other person seems to like. If your partner wants to play slowly and softly, you start out that way too, and if they want to fool around with jazzy improvisations you go along with it until you are comfortable playing together, and you can slowly move forward to playing music you both like together.

Soon you find a style that suits you both and you fall into a rhythm, letting the sound grow more complex, or maybe just faster, harder, more emphatic, and soon you have a song that's just flying forward on its own, and you and your partner are just trying to keep up with the spontaneous magic of the moment. You finally let the song built to a grand crescendo, a mind-blowing culmination of the talent of two individual players who have spend their adolescence playing alone in their bedrooms, coming together to make a stunning piece of music that once completed could never be played again in just the same way.

Of course, sometimes when you try to jam with a stranger, the styles of the two musicians don't mesh and the whole thing sounds like shit. Thankfully making love to Gina was like the former kind of jamming, not the latter.

In the morning I wake up alone and hung over in a bed so narrow I can't believe two people managed to sleep in it. In the morning light I see clothes on the floor, some of which are mine, a dresser with books stacked on top, and in the corner, Gina's guitar. I fork through the clothes until I find all I brought with me and get dressed.

Venturing from the room I meet one of Gina's roommates. She's a small, very young-looking girl who, were it not for her large breasts, I might have mistaken for a fourteen year old. She's sitting in the living room eating a bowl of cereal wearing a black tank top and pajama bottoms. She has red hair in shoulder length dreads and a silver stud in her bottom lip. The look she gives me is unwelcoming and suspicious.

"Hi there," I say to her. "Um, have you seen Gina?"

"She's in the shower," the girl says.

"Oh. Okay. Do you mind if I grab at drink of water or something?"

"The kitchen's in there," the girl says, making a barely perceptible nod of her head toward a door.

"Thanks," I say, and leave the girl to her breakfast. Inside the messy kitchen I have to wash a glass to get a drink, and I decide I might as well stay in Gina's room until she gets out of the shower. Not much point in trying to hang out with the roommate, I figure. She looks as mean as a snake.

I lie back down on Gina's bed and after about twenty minutes she comes in, a towel wrapped around her.

"Oh, hey Terry," she says. "You're still here." She doesn't really pause to let me respond before she continues, saying "Look, it was cool you came around last night and everything. I really needed to get laid. I just hope you don't think it's a big thing or anything. I don't want to get all involved or anything like that, you know? I'm just trying to focus on music right now. I hope that's cool with you, because you do seem like a cool guy and all."

I nod. "Yeah, that's all right. Um, I hope I see you again sometime, but I understand what you mean. I'm focused on my band right now too."

"That's good," she says, still holding the towel tightly to her, apparently not wanting to give me another view of her naked body. "You know, we might need someone to come with us on the road to split some costs. If you guys are ready, it might work out."

"Okay. Should I call you about that?" I ask, getting up off her bed. I've already been brushed off, so there's no point in sticking around much longer.

"No," she says. "Call Wayne instead. He does more of the organizing and stuff. Um, you guys don't have anything recorded, do you?"

"Not yet," I say, even though everybody knows the words 'not yet' really mean 'no, not at all.'

"Well, even so, give him a call sometime. Um, I've got to get dressed and get ready to go, so if you wouldn't mind?" She trails off, but the message is clear.

"Sure," I say. "Hey, I had a great time last night. I'll see you around, okay?" She nods, and I slip out the door, get my boots on, and with a friendly word to the cereal eating devil in the living room, I get my ass out of there.

When I get home I go straight to the phone and call up Jason and then Mark. With both of them I lay down the law. We need to get road ready with a full set of tight, quality shit, and we need to get it recorded, printed and ready to sell. We need to be fully, one hundred percent road-worthy in one month if we have any hope of hell of going on the road with Gina and Machine Within A Machine.

2006 Nolan Whyte

102 comments sorted by best / new / date

    aSh_SG
    is it weird that that made me horny?Bitchin story, cant wait fo the next!
    marius44
    Another damn fine installment. The ending was kinda pisser. Your are actually a very fine writer. You always leave us wanting more. Until Next time.
    Fishhooker
    The best part was definitely "...who have spent their adolescence playing alone in their bedrooms." Great subtle comedy, and it's oh so true.
    NowTheWorld
    talent of two individual players who have spend their adolescence playing alone in their bedrooms
    I wonder what THAT means Hehe, good job!
    YarlA
    Nicely figgured out, have you considered making a closer look on each character, Im not saying you should copy, but kinda with the same style that Lost uses. I would love to have that shit about Jason, he kicks ass, I think.
    Glennjoe
    aSh_SG wrote: is it weird that that made me horny?Bitchin story, cant wait fo the next!
    Yes, yes it is. haha, was great chapter
    dannycruz
    and with a friendly word to the cereal eating devil in the living room, I get my ass out of there.
    BRILLIANT!
    Cathedral
    You did a nice job pulling off the evening with the jam session narrative. Back to music now please.
    Quidra
    nice! Seriusly you should publish this! I bet u would make big bucks man!!
    RockFreak000
    I found this part really dissapointing, the guy was fantasysing about this chick forever and suddenly he gets this huge blow and he's all like "yeah okay, blah bla..." i think that made the character really supperficial instead of making it even more realistic and mking it three dimensional.
    I nod. "Yeah, that's all right. Um, I hope I see you again sometime, but I understand what you mean. I'm focused on my band right now too."
    Meh, he was totally cold bloded for a guy who been blown away like this Nice metaphor thought.
    ifeastonbums
    Still good although not great, it was good writting but I didn't like how it wasn't so much about music, the band, promoting, or any music related problems and I don't see how it was really needed in the story but hey it's still great and the series is one of the best things I've read you should really see a publisher I think you may have a future Please keep writting and thanks for making thise awesome series free via UG
    Caustic
    Nice installment but I wasn't feeling it this time around. It felt like filler, not a key piece (considering Terry has had the hots for Gina since he saw her, it was a hell of an anticlimax). Too much buildup. I understand it could be a tough scene to handle and you did it tastefully though. I am looking forward to Terry trying to whip the 'Dogs into shape. Keep 'em coming. You're a talented writer.
    punkrockjoe
    Could you people be any more sycophantic? This one was pretty damn poor, compared to the early ones.
    But when the standard of the stories is so high it is probly hard to keep them so good. Im sure the going on tour will make for a cool story.
    Emenius Sleepus
    lol can you tell that if everyone got laid, the world would have a clear and defined plan of what they were to do next, and everything would flow much more smoothly but a great series, keep up the good work
    eternalrecluse
    Could you people be any more sycophantic? This one was pretty damn poor, compared to the early ones.
    NemesisX
    Well played man. But hey.. feel bad for him. Sucks to be on that end of a woman. Hehe.
    ChordMonger
    two individual players who have spend their adolescence playing alone in their bedrooms
    if you care to apply the sex metaphor.....
    webrage
    This one lasted as long as Terrys erection! Good stuff, cant wait for the next one.
    SpaceAce32
    hahahaha.Man thats gotta be the funniest analogy (sp?) for sex, thats awesome keep it up!
    jimmiew
    hardcoreatheist wrote: My gf always says the way I play in my band reminds her of sex :p
    what hard short and fast? XD sre just had to
    Spydr
    im very disappointed. the sex scene had a little subtle comedy in it, like im glad at least someone was smart enough to see the 'adolescents in their bedrooms' part, but really this part was FILLED with bad writing. like "the former, not the latter." why did you put the 'not the latter' part in there? just bad writing... you have to make not just the story, but the writing itself flow more smoothly. after all the useless filler at the beginning, and the quick ending, the only good part was the fact that the clutch dogs might be gettin back on the road, and the slight hope that after Gina's statement about just needing to get laid and not wanting a relationship, Terry will realise that she is really too young for him, filled with other ideas, and immature. and although im sure everyone's glad that Terry got laid, dont be too sure everyone will want to see that in the future. everyone likes a smooth character, but this is not a romantic story. so lets get back to the music, shall we?
    I agree to some extent, the former not that latter part did kinda suck but for the rest of it, writing needs fills. It made room for more to happen in the story. It was short but it was pretty good, should be awesome when they get back on the road and have some more gigs.
    Nolan Whyte
    I always like to see it when some people comment "best one yet" and others comment "worst one yet". Truth be told, this one wasn't one of my favorites, but as many people have pointed out, sometimes the boring or stinky ones are necessary to further the plot. Also, I can't have every one be the same, can I? As for making the stories more like "Lost," I should mention that I don't own a television.
    Glen'sHeroicAct
    im very disappointed. the sex scene had a little subtle comedy in it, like im glad at least someone was smart enough to see the 'adolescents in their bedrooms' part, but really this part was FILLED with bad writing. like "the former, not the latter." why did you put the 'not the latter' part in there? just bad writing... you have to make not just the story, but the writing itself flow more smoothly. after all the useless filler at the beginning, and the quick ending, the only good part was the fact that the clutch dogs might be gettin back on the road, and the slight hope that after Gina's statement about just needing to get laid and not wanting a relationship, Terry will realise that she is really too young for him, filled with other ideas, and immature. and although im sure everyone's glad that Terry got laid, dont be too sure everyone will want to see that in the future. everyone likes a smooth character, but this is not a romantic story. so lets get back to the music, shall we?
    Hosscat
    Terry needs to take some tantric lessons in the next month on toop of all the other preparations. Gina is, no doubt, wanting him to come along on the tour for some additional no-ties shagging. But when he drops that tantric "D" on her, she'll go bananas and he'll own her!!!
    Styx
    Great!!! i know how u feel about gina, is sad man. But u should be better off alone. Funny stuff about the cereal eating devil jeje
    xtremepunk0024
    and with a friendly word to the cereal eating devil in the living room, I get my ass out of there.
    that line made me laugh my ass off. I dont know why.
    Archaon
    I've read every single one so far, they're fantastic. I would love to see this as a movie and/or series.
    crippled_death1
    2 words: PUBLISH IT I'd definitely buy it Poor Terry Great story though. The metaphor for the sex thing was amazing ) nobody could put it better
    Nybb
    Not as good as other parts, but I suppose this chapter had to be done after all that set-up for it. And props for doing it relatively tastefully. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road again.
    powerhalf
    Great work as always! The description of the sex scene was perfect, too. I knew I couldn't have been the only person to consider the similarities between playing music and sex
    Revalk
    This is the first one I'm not really that sure of. First of all, it seemed much too short somehow. Like, I had a feeling of "that's it?" going on. The sex scene was better then expected, but I dunno.. You could have done a much worse job, and that was actually not too bad. I feel pretty shitty for the guy though, and I know I'd be pretty crushed. I don't think Gina's a bitch like most, but she jsut didn't know what Terry's feelings were. And to the people who think that that would be a ideal situation... I hope you find something real eventually brahs. Anyways, was done fairly well, but I guess it wasn't how I was thinking, which is probably the only reason I have anything negative for it all: I had time to think about how I wanted it to happen. But the Clutch Dogs aren't ready to go on the road! Guh! He better get a career or the girl. It's too late in his life to just learn another life lesson.