It felt like a long time, but Helen was only in the ICU for four days. They took the breathing tube out on Wednesday (a procedure I was thankfully not around to enjoy) and moved her to a ward. We were not out of the woods yet, but gradually she became able to speak, and we sat and watched Season 1 of Veronica Mars, I brought in gyoza from the dumpling place over the road, and we hung out. Helen’s ward mate was an 85 year old man who looked 15 years younger and who had injured himself in an ice skating accident. He came from Cannock – a town about twenty miles from where I grew up – although had left Staffordshire 51 years previously.
I don’t know who coined the term “hezarico” – it wasn’t me. It was a friend, but I can’t remember who, and attempts to find out have so far proved fruitless. They heard the lyrics to Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as
And I said “What about breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
You said “I think I remember the film,
Hezarico! I think we both kinda liked it”
And I said “Well that’s one thing we’ve got!”
and assumed “hezarico!” was a triumphant cry – maybe in Spanish? – along the lines of “hurray!” or “huzzah!”. I wanted to keep on my song writing project, but it’d taken 10 days to write “Harp Lie” and I was behind and I needed something very very quick and very very dirty. My self-imposed rules stated that every song had to have music and words, but it didn’t state they couldn’t be the word “Hezarico!” repeated again and again over every chord change I could engineer. So that is what you got – a triumphant repetition. It reflected my mood about Helen not being dead, and breathing by herself, and eventually eating dim sum.
Next week, I attempt a conceptual audio piece.
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