A Crack in the Room Tone

stories for a noisy world

by Fred Smith

August 5, 2015

We weren’t famous.


We made records. We toured. We played shows. We slept in vans. We partied for days on end. We met famous people. But our band came and went in relative anonymity more than fifteen years ago.


Last year our singer died of liver failure. She was 36.

The instant I heard the news I went to her Facebook page. There were scores of condolences...

July 1, 2015

There’s this old Polaroid of my mom, my sister and me from 1981.

Inside its square frame, I’m sitting on my Flash Gordon Big Wheel. The colors are muted, but my hair is a vibrant orange. I was four years old. My sister was two. My mom was the kind of young you don’t ever remember your mom being.

Like a lot of kids born in the Star Wars era, my Big Whe...

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