Saturday, May 26, 2012

Phantoms of Hot Springs

In Hot Springs, different elements blend or live side by side or one on top of the other. Maxine's showcases bands like the Legendary Shack Shakers, the very same that I caught at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, where they played in a lineup with Cracker and the Reverend Horton Heat. Maxine's has a sort of CBGB dive vibe, which is good because the latter no longer exists except in the memories of recording angels.

The Caddo and members of other First Nations loved smoking tobacco down the centuries. In Hot Springs, this tradition continues, but only in designated locations. Here, a ghostly advertisement for Tom Moore cigars, ten cents apiece.

At the MOCA there are other reminders of other ancient ways, some mysterious and some less so. Beyond the esoteric details and like tobacco smoking, this depiction still resonates on a primal level.

Today's Rune: Fertility.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

the ways of humans in the speakeasies is mystery to me. I only observe, like an anthropologist in a strange environment.