He Said began his week by watching a Houston landmark and one of his favorite restaurants of all-time go up in flames. We covered the Mai's fire
most of Monday morning for Hair Balls, taking pictures of the smoke and flames as they got progressively worse and began engulfing the structure off Milam. It was a sad end to a place that brought a good segment of the city so much late-night sustenance.
Most people in the area just came to watch the flames, gawking at someone else's sadness. There is a duality to fire. We can create it when we want it, but if left unattended we can lose control of it. We suppose there is something life lesson that fire is trying to teach us but you are just looking to the right at that picture of Christina Hendricks who has red hair, which reminds all of us of fire and burning. He Said could confess to six murders in the past week alone and you would just scroll down to look for more pictures of her.
Fire has fascinated us since we were kids. Matches and lighters were always secretly on our person. This was before we would go on to use them to light cigarettes behind portable buildings in high school and other sordid things like fireworks and report cards.
Maybe its most guys in general become obsessed with fire as they reach puberty. Beavis and Butt-head
wasn't too far off from the truth, actually. Fire makes people go nuts like they are seeing the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We turn back into Neanderthals when grease fires happen.
We never understood how fire became synonymous with love and sex. Is it because love burns bright and smolders out as quickly as it ignites? Could it be that sometimes after sex it burns when you piss? We dunno; we have never brought flames to the bedroom or the bathroom of the pornographic bookstore for added pleasure. Red-headed women have proved to us that their hair is as flamy as their tempers. That's why we keep our distance from Christina Hendricks. We are looking out for our hearts, and hers.
Fire has been exalted as this strange mythical creature since man first figured out how to summon it. Yeah it keeps you warm and helps you get high, but you can use it to kill people and burn down your house before you crash your plane into an IRS building. Sorry, we have the news playing in the background at the moment.
Here are some songs about fire, flames, burning and smoke. This He Said She Said also marks the debut of Brian Eno to our weekly video riffing. He's a swell guy.
Jimi Hendrix, "Fire"
Arthur Brown, "Fire"
Talking Heads, "Burning Down The House"