Chuck: (informal) another name for Charles
I guess his real name was Charles, but by the time he matriculated in my direction, he was “Chuck.”
He liked music and I played music, and I offered some opportunities to gig–which in the world of the common street musician, translates as
He had a heart for people, a love for God and a thirst for music.
I liked Chuck.
He was just about the age of my two oldest sons, so they befriended him, started a band together and played a lot of different music–covers and even some of my original tunes.
He was always around, but it was pleasant. There are people who are sometimes around, unpleasantly. Not Chuck. He was helpful, he was kind, but he was burdened by internal demons which seemed unlikely for him to possess, but certainly did possess him.
But he talked about it. He was worried about it. He wanted to be different than he was.
This is the only redeemable part of humanity–when we realize who we are and instead of making excuses for it, we make a plan to improve it.
After a while Chuck floated off, got married and had a beautiful little daughter.
I do see him from time to time. It is amazing how we are able to restore the exact same creative chemistry from when we plodded together for a season.
But I guess friendship never dies–it just sits around, patiently waiting for the day it will once again be uncorked and celebrated.