Sober Phobia – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
The problem with being sober is waking up in the morning and knowing it’s not going to get any better all day. When you drink, you might have plenty to regret but you can have a lot of fun getting there. That’s the philosophy behind being what pirate, leather-maker, and tour guide Jennifer Raven calls Soberphobic.
If Jennifer is scared of what she’ll find out about herself sober, that’s about all she is scared of. She’s stared down the barrel of a loaded gun aimed at her husband and the woman she caught him in bed with, asking herself, “Do I really want to go to prison for these two?” She made the right decision and got the ultimate revenge: she’s watched her ex-husband go bald and end up with a woman with a harelip who has been banned from every bar on the North Shore. You can’t make this stuff up.
Johnny Dilks went all the way and got himself sober. On the upside, he’s no longer naked in bars fighting other drunk guys. On the downside he’s gotten so happy he’s been able to fall in love and get married and now as a result his songwriting – which comes from a place of tormented darkness – is suffering. So Johnny says. But the evidence points in the other direction. Take a listen to his song about dying from cancer and see if, even in your darkest imaginings, you could think and feel even half as darkly as Johnny Dilks at his so-far lifetime happiest.
Even Andrew Duhon, who regularly regales us with tales of heartbreak and souls lost, feels upbeat singing a song about the lighter side of having a baby you know is going to be mentally compromised and watching it develop into a special needs person.
By the way, this is not some rambling fantasy of a fictional conversation – this is what actually is taking place in this happy hour.
Stu Schayot is considering legally changing his name to the name everybody calls him, “Stu from the Howlin’ Wolf.” Stu has spent the last 16 years making The Howlin’ Wolf tick over, starting out as a street-team flyer-poster and doing everything in between till he got to the position of running the joint. If you want to kow what’s going on in music and New Orleans music specifically, Stu’s your man.
We’ve had plenty of Happy Hours where conversation goes off the rails, tp places you never expected, but not many wander down these bizarre avenues.
Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.