So it was in the Beginning. It’s a 6.

Headline from the Washington Post: “Funeral services for Father Luca Domenico Lazarus of St. Damien’s Parish, Annandale, VA were held today at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, Bishop Francis Bainbridge officiating.”

Tomassa “Tommy” Bianchi walked leisurely alongside the portly personage of his excellency Bishop Francis Bainbridge in late morning sunshine as the crowd began to disperse along winding, tree lined gravel paths towards the parking area for Columbia Gardens Cemetery.

Tomassa, good to see you again my son and after so many years; regretfully it is death who reunites us.”

“Likewise, Father Francis, yet I’m now not entirely certain our meeting was unavoidable but more a matter of time – at least that’s what my recent ruminations concluded”.

Face muscles spread overfed cheeks into a warm smile, “you speak to me in puzzles, my boy, men of God are not necessarily adept with the puzzles, perhaps you’ll express yourself more clearly, without ambiguous implication dangling like a piece of sausage over a Rottweiler’s nose –  spit it out Tommy”.

*the two men share a soft chuckle* “So now you express your frustration with me in my early days at seminary, tell me Father – did you know then I’d never complete my studies, because in retrospect, I can’t figure how in hell I ever made it as far as I did.”

26 thoughts on “So it was in the Beginning. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny January 8, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    Nice description: “ambiguous implication dangling like a piece of sausage over a Rottweiler’s nose”. I wonder what mystery Tomassa is going to share about Father Lazarus’ death with the bishop.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 8, 2022 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Frank. Don’t you sometimes wonder at the source of analogies we use, lol
      Indeed…

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 8, 2022 / 2:58 pm

      Glad you are enjoying, Mimi. Let me check with Tomassa; see what we can do about that 🙂

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  2. Doug Jacquier January 8, 2022 / 3:21 pm

    On the edge of my pew. Loved the irony of Fr. Tomassa saying ‘I can’t figure how in hell I ever made it as far as I did.’

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  3. jenne49 January 8, 2022 / 6:45 pm

    ‘Face muscles spread overfed cheeks into a warm smile…’ Oh, my vision of Bishop Francis!
    You know exactly where to stop to keep the suspense high, Denise. Waiting for the next instalment…

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 8, 2022 / 8:13 pm

      Do share, lol
      Thank you, Jenne.
      (Hey, Doug! Be a gentleman and scoot over a bit for Jenne)

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  4. Spira January 9, 2022 / 4:18 am

    The rhythm of the sentences follows, at least in my scarred brain, Jeff Beck’s virtuosity.
    In other words, you start with some soft finger picking, some volume knob tricks and then you grab the whamy bar for all hell to break loose…

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 9, 2022 / 11:24 am

      Damn, Spira. I bow most humbly.
      I love your interpretivism. In my limited musical experience, instruments are a magical portal to places within ourselves not accessed through any other modality…except perhaps, pour moi, words.

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  5. clark January 9, 2022 / 8:47 am

    I also liked (and appreciated, from my constant trying to improve my own wordage, perspective) the lead ‘headline’.
    Provides valuable backstory without being an ‘info dump’ and, and, as a bonus, grounds it in a pre-bademic geographical sense.

    I’m with S. Jeff is from another plane. Funny that he, as I suspect all of us with interest and/or experience with the instrument, notice his approach to vibrato. I counted three distinctly (and not in the slightest sense, ordinary) different methods of getting the sound that he wanted. Who does that?!

    (I’ve often said that Jeff Beck would pull the notes out of a toaster, if that was all he had on hand. This is not performing on an instrument, it is forcing/coaxing/coercing the guitar into producing the sounds he had in his head.)

    Good Six, yo

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    • Spira January 9, 2022 / 9:54 am

      Hear, hear!

      (It is no coincidence that Seymour Duncan named one of his favorite pick ups after JB).

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 9, 2022 / 11:41 am

      Thank you, Clark. Short of providing a bunch of links to the “previously ons”, it is a challenge transitioning one scene to the next without feeling the need to write the “in-between stuff”.

      Holy you know what, I know! No one does this thing but Mr. Beck, lol. No, it is not performing on an instrument. We are witness to the essence of Jeff. That part of us defies definition; transcends the rational and I’ve absolutely no doubt he was oblivious to a single human around him.

      Thanks, again.

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  6. Chris Hall January 9, 2022 / 9:21 am

    What a treat this whole post is! The story, the sounds and the conversation now abuzz in the bistro. Can I get anyone anything from the bar…?

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 9, 2022 / 11:45 am

      Thanks so much, Chris. I’m pleased you’re enjoying yourself.
      Still performing host duties but hey, give me a rain check for next time?

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        • clark January 12, 2022 / 6:51 am

          what time is it?!!
          aww jeez. I am so in trouble
          ….where are my car keys?!!

          …anyone calls, I left forty-five minutes ago
          lol

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  7. The Vintage Toy Advertiser January 11, 2022 / 11:21 am

    I keep breaking my rosary beads reading this backstory, D 🙂 I like how as one priest departs another enters the storyline… but probably not a good time to be a priest (considering what’s been unleashed, yikes!) 😱😨

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 11, 2022 / 2:45 pm

      😆 but ya know….
      I think you may be right, V. Will have to see how Tomassa feels. After recent events, he too may realize it’s not such a good time to be a priest (or know any), let alone be one’s confidante, lol

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