This post is part of a series of annotations from the pages of Night People, Book 1 of Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music. If anyone who’s read Night People has something they’d like to see annotated, contact me. I hope to do the same for Enchanted.
From: Chapter 1, ORPHAN, April 5, 1965, Page 5
“Dave’s familiar grin forced me to smile as he unfolded his lanky frame out from behind the wheel.
Mac peered out at me from the passenger seat. Les, male-model handsome, wound down the rear window. A moon-faced guy he introduced as Mickey Smith, a guitar player friend, sat next to him. I didn’t know Mickey, but Dave, Mac, and Les were the rest of my disintegrating vocal group, the Reflections.”
This excerpt from the second paragraph of the beginning chapter features (from left to right in the photo) me and the other three members of the Reflections, my vocal group, Dave, Les, and Mac. I struggled with finding the right place to begin this memoir since for me the seminal moment was in September of 1957 when I discovered music as a junior at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. So, in a personal sense, I’ve started in the middle of the story, though the important parts of what came before this will gradually come through in the pages of Night People and Enchanted. The reason I chose this moment to begin Things We Lost in the Night was that the four of us who are introduced here in the first chapter, will also be together in the last chapter. There’s an important symmetry to that, and though it isn’t the beginning, it is where our journey to become Stark Naked and the Car Thieves begins. As for Micky Smith and what became of him, that will be in a later annotation.