Words

a collection of essays by music hall's founder, Roy Hall

these essays were originally published in copper magazine

Concerts

Unsurprisingly, music has played a central role in my life. Music can be emotional, erotic, transcendent, hypnotic and, in some cases, downright terrible.

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Hotel Tales

“You’re a doctor, aren’t you?” she said, eyeing me. “No,” I replied. “I’m a bullshit artist.”

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Escape

“Line up against that wall” said the Captain to my uncle Fred. “Platoon. Get ready, take aim…”

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Belmont Park

She was a head taller than everyone else, and moved like a real thoroughbred. If anyone truly belonged at Belmont, it was she.

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Cancer

“What’s that black circle?” I asked the technician while looking at the ghostly images on the screen.

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Jerusalem

She said, “If I would have come here 9 months ago, someone would have shot at me.”

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Vikingbåde

“I wish this boat would stop rocking so much,” I groaned to myself as I opened my eyes and looked in the bathroom mirror.

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The Engagement

“Goodbye” I said with a smile as I stepped over the two bodies twitching on the ground.

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Macy’s

I was given a key to the senior executive washroom, allowing me to pee alongside the big shots in the store. What a thrill.

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Dickens

“You’re going to see that wee, fat conceited bastard?” said the owner. “Why?”

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Rikers

“Roy, would you do me a favor? Can you visit Sammy in Rikers Island?

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Jazz

“God bless you honey, God bless you”, said Alberta Hunter to my mother.

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Eating

“If you touch me again,” I yelled, “I will kill you”— and I meant it.

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Opportunities

“It was the Armani coat that sealed the deal,” said Mike Creek. “What Armani coat?” I asked.

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Gatecrashing

Drescher, in her distinctive nasal Queens, New York twang gratefully came back with, “Thank you so much; I love meeting my fans.”

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Art 2

As he lay down in bed, my father noticed a window set high up on the wall. This was odd as the window to the outside was on the opposing wall.

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Summer Holiday

He led us through some corridors and into a courtyard. He pointed to a wrecked Ferrari sports car and proudly said, “Look, accident!”

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Cairo

“Is Israel a good country?” asked the captain. I was the sole passenger on a fifty-seat tourist boat sailing the river Nile some miles north of Cairo.

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Justice

“I don’t know why I am telling you this. “ said the large woman who a short while ago had hurriedly sat down beside me and fastened her seatbelt.

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Art

“Hello, this is Robert Rauschenberg’s personal secretary. Mr. Rauschenberg wants to know if you would like to swap art for a pair of speakers?”

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