It was Sunday morning at 8:44 am on the Wake Forest Quad. Men, women, and children are dressed in their Sunday best strolling into Wait Chapel.
Their heads and hearts are at half-mast. The place is packed and utterly silent. The place of worship has a funeral vibe, something died inside of all of them.
Then from the back, a fat old man, drenched with alcohol blowing apart his insides, stumbles in by himself. He’s been drinking booze and tossing chunks all night. Just before arriving, he banged on the doors of the Safari Room demanding they open their doors so he could order more alcohol to consume alcohol because facing his feelings sober was too painful.
But it wasn’t the Safari Room. It was 35 years ago, but now it’s a laundromat. Next, he had gone over to the Wake Forest football stadium, climbed the barbed wire fence and walked to the 50-yard line, fell to his knees, and wept like a baby.
Oh, what tragedies fill our lives. Why, he thought, why this one. Not now. Why now?
Back at Wait Chapel, he staggered into a seat in the last row. Up on stage, he saw someone he’s known for years. It was Boz Scaggs, the man who created one of the greatest albums ever called Silk Degrees.
Boz was about to play his mega-hits that have meant so much to so many men and women who have fallen in love but have then had to break up and shatter each others’ dreams of being in love. This is the song you hear that makes you weep because there’s a finality to it and no turning back to the good old days when love was so easy to do.
This is the song about the ending of a fantasy and all the hope you had that the fantasy would never end and life would continue to be blissful which of course never happens.
Play it, Boz. Stick the knife into the hearts of every person in Wait Chapel this most dark and dreary of mornings in the history of this wonderful but wounded university. Play it, Boz. Do your dastardly deed. Tear apart our souls.
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