Life Is a Lot of Little Lonely Drives

The curse of overactive minds I know—and so (or yet) I’m a devotee of sleep. It’s the only way to escape and regenerate.

So on weekends when I’m home, I amble into Coffee Emporium well into the afternoon. During a recent visit, a musician began setting up his equipment not long after I arrived. I was annoyed and ready to leave. But then the lead singer greeted the crowd, “Good morning.” It was 2 in the afternoon. I stayed.

I figured out the musician’s name: Chico Futuracho. He later sent me a disc of his music since, in a show of poor self-promotion, he had NOTHING with him during the performance.

One of his songs speaks of life as a series of lonely drives. Actually, quite a few of his songs speak of driving. Here’s a sample of a favorite:

Notes on driving

  • My mom let me drive long before I had a license, not uncommon in Indiana. My driving instructor caught me in the act—but that was because he lived across the street from me.
  • My next vehicle will be a Jeep. (I now own a Jetta, former marriage property.)
  • In Cincinnati, I love driving the 71-Norwood Lateral-75 loop—just to think. Maybe wallow on occasion. There’s something about driving that occupies the left side of your brain, freeing up your creative mind. There’s liberation, movement, and a little music too.
  • I’ve been before a judge three times, all due to motor vehicle offenses. Clean since 2001.
  • I have a top 5 alone drives, and a top 5 with someone drives, but that’s for another time.

If you want to hear more Chico Futuracho, he’ll be performing at Emporium again, and interrupting the half-asleep Sunday coffee drinkers, on March 21 at 2 p.m.

Posted in Cincinnati.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Jacki Welsh

That's a great snippet! Glad you posted a link to him too.