For twenty plus years from the 70s through the early 90s my brother Bill was very active in the Chicago Theater scene. In 1974 he and his colleagues from Harper Community College put on a play titled “She Stoops to Conquer.” My brother Chris, his friend John Kennedy and myself had bit parts in the production. Chris and John played “men at the bar” and I, being in the 4th or maybe it was 5th grade, played a “young servant boy”. I remember a lot of sitting around, practicing a line, I think I had two, and the driving to and from rehearsals. The big AM hit at the time, which came on every 20 minutes or so, was the Doobie Brothers Black Water. The three of us, Chris, John and myself sat in the back of that car and sang the words to that song over and over, every time it came on. We rocked out to it!
I’d like to hear some funky Dixieland
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand
By the hand, take me by the hand pretty mama
Come and dance with your daddy all night long…
Chris actually did quite a bit of theater at St. James, where he was in several of the annual plays put on by the school. I remember going to them and keeping a look out, trying to track where he was up on stage. The Music Man, Oliver, classic.
Today’s Runner is the Doobies What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, just one of many snapshots of us growing up so many years ago. As I run, through Another Park, on Another Sunday, the memories come pouring out like tears, that I just can’t hold back as I’m about to say goodbye to my brother Chris.
I’m sittin’ in my room, I’m starin’ out my window
And I wonder where you’ve gone
Thinking back on the happy hours just before the dawn
Outside the wind is blowin’
It seems to call your name again
Where have you gone…