By Joe Jackson
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I felt faint. I got as far as four eights being thirty-two until my mind went Hank 'Yihat "S the matter, Jachanl" asasked the maths teacher. ing, sir," I said, but I could have thought until Christmas, it wouldn't have helped. Eventually, I took a couple of wild guesses until 1 got five eights. ""COon, Jachon," said the teacher, He wasn"t going to let me go. My mhd went bla& again, "I can't do it, sir,'" pleaded, "Of course you can, Jackson. '" You bastard, I thought, you sadistic bastard, you're going to make me stand here until 1 strugle all the way h o u g h to m e k eights, 1% be here all day.
M e r e do people get these ideas! You might as well say that learning the alphabet will hamper your abiliry to write poetry. Musical notation certainly made a hell of a lot more sense to me, at eleven or twelve, thar? physics. In fact, as I learned notation and the fundamentals of music theory, a whole aelv world started to open up, a sort of parallel universe in wkch everythini; made sense. I was no prodigy, but I was told I had a good ear. I also had an urge (although, typically, i sensed it wasn't allowed) to wander away fiom my scales and exercises, and try to make up my own tunes.
The woman I worked with told me to look busy. " "aid. "' said the woman. The boss was a thuggish, piggy-eyed man with gseasy Mack hair. Most of the hair was held in place by Bylcreern; a few strands escaped to hang over a flushed and bloated face. He looked as though his head had been boiled. He also had that way of looking at you that seems to dare you to do something wrong, just so he can show you what would happen. So I marched in and out of the storeroom, taking things off shelves and putting them back agah, thhbng that sureIy this was all same sort of hoax, I was sacked anyway, again without an explanation.