ARNCO VILLAGE SHORT STORY
A left hand turn off the state highway and up onto an old bridge
made of creosote lumber. The rumble of your tires on the
loosened boards makes you believe this might be the time you
wind up down below, on the railroad tracks about sixty feet
beneath the bridge. These are the same tracks from the story of
the lonesome traveler, who walked with his face to the howling
wind and never heard the roar and whistle of the approaching
train at his back.
But the old bridge that smells of kerosene and tar holds you up
once again, and as you cross over you are greeted with another
smell that stews in the heat of summer, a potpourri of flowers
and decay. Of fruit trees, old dogs, sweat, grease and fried
foods. The smell of the very old south. Everywhere you look
now, you see three room shacks built atop cinder blocks.
Houses that seem to stand miraculously against time, but just
barely. People on worn leaning porches stare out at you with
vacant faces as you pass by.
Down the road to the right are the gates of the old mill. The
long-dead owner of the old mill built these shacks. He built the
general store, the post office and the church. He allowed the
parents and grandparents of these vacant faced people to pay
ten cents a week for room and board as long as they worked
their fingers to the bone sewing and stitching, packing and
At night you lie awake and listen. Through the blades of the
whirring box fan in the open window comes the melody of
summer. The crickets and june bugs grind out there endless
song, with staccato accents of barking dogs. Ever so often you
hear the bass of rubber tires on the loosened creosote boards.
Eventually you drift off to a restless sleep and dream of the
vacant faces as they peer into the windows of the room where
THE CORDUROY BLUE RELEASE SHOW
Christopher has worked with up & coming power pop band The Corduroy Blue since 2020. While helping them record their debut singles and their debut album, he has helped shape their sound and sonic energy. The band is celebrating their debut album on 11/11, and will have Christopher as an opener.