Words

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

these essays were originally published in copper magazine

Discipline

As a kid growing up in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1950s, it was not at all unusual to receive a whack if you did something wrong.

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Suicide

As I age, I become aware of my mortality. My wife and I have talked about what to do if one of us becomes brain dead.

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Whisky

Somehow, through luck and later, skill, some of the distillers started making and bottling single malt whisky that was drinkable. And that’s the best part of this tale.

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Masumi

“Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?” “Yes,” she replied, to my great astonishment.

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Education

“It’s your move Roy. The bet is two shillings and hurry up, it’s almost lunchtime,” said my English teacher.

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Cairns

In cold, wet, miserable Glasgow the idea of just wearing swimming shorts and walking barefoot in the sand was enormously seductive.

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Love Stories

After dinner, I said, “Would you like to go somewhere beautiful?” She looked at me as if I was mad. “More beautiful than this?” She was hooked, and so was I.

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Sinai

“It’s Syriac,” he said. “It’s the script used by the Nabataeans over two thousand years ago.”

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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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