Lost Light 

He lives in an abandoned backwoods shack out by a tract of swampland. He sits in a steel-lined room just a-pickin’ and a-twangin’ on his guitar while he patiently waits for the last drops of liquid to drain out of the sluice sink.

He grew up listening to “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads and “Garbage Man” by the Cramps. He thinks that David Bryne actually is psychotic. He hears Lux Interior yelling at him in his head; telling him to write more songs. He obeys and gives his dissonant offerings titles like “Vampire Victim” and “This Kettle Contains The Heart.”

He keeps a copy of Zodiac Mindwarp’s autobiography next to his stained cot. He often wakes up in the middle of the night and screams until he’s hoarse. Then he gets up and checks the traps to see if he’s caught anything.

He hopes that when they finally catch him, they’ll find the hundreds of cassette tapes which contain the thousands of songs he’s recorded that he knows will make him posthumously famous.

He calls it KILLBILLY music. He got the idea from a Quentin Tarantino movie poster.

He notices that the sink is empty.

He puts down his guitar and gets back to work.

E-mail Jeffrey Morgan at [email protected].

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Jeffrey Morgan

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation