I wrote this story for a friend a few months ago while I was having lunch at the Dahlia Lounge in Seattle. My friend Jennifer graciously gave me her permission to post this little gem of a story on my blog. (Don’t forget, the story is fiction!)
“When early evening came, the Stars descended into the parking lot of the 7-11 where they held congress and declared embargo on speaking of the dead.” – Ken Chen, “You May Visit the Cosmos But You May Not Speak of It (or on the Tackiness of Elegy)”
Jennifer wanted to be a rock star. So I magicked her up a band – guitar, bass, drums and keyboard – and she opened for the Flaming Lips in their Portland Oregon concert. Not long after that Jennifer was featured in the show Portlandia in an episode filmed in the parking lot of a 7-11 and featuring Carrie and Fred covering her original songs with Fred’s band, the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Jennifer was made an honorary citizen of Portland Oregon after her appearance on the show. But she longed for her adopted roots in Seattle and on the Washington coast. So, she took a gig playing with the house band for KNKX’s “Sound Effect,” a weekly show on public radio.
Eventually Jennifer founded a school for jazz musicians turned rock artists that was sponsored by Tom Skerritt and funded by a grant from Tom Robbins’s charitable arts foundation. In her spare time she eats amazing food and is writing her memoirs.
Theresa Barker, Science Fiction Writer, The Dahlia Lounge, October 18, 2016, 1:40 pm