He'd then point out that he played too fast and, even though I noticed it too, I'd kiss away his self-criticism and tell him it was just perfect. Just two days earlier, I had left for Warsaw, Poland, on a two-month research trip for a book I was writing.And then he'd say, with a glint of embarrassment in his tired, blue eyes: "Do you mind if I watch it again? It was one of the few times in our relationship that I had done the leaving.We'd be sipping on beers, high-fiving, and chain-smoking.He'd keep glancing over at me, looking for my approval as I stared at the screen, and then I'd pat his hands with giddy glee.In August, when I had to go back to Oberlin, Patrick cried. It was when he was up on one of his usual visits that we got word Mary Timony would be playing a show on campus.
And that is when he said, in so many words, that he didn't want to be with me anymore. We agreed that we were soul mates because we both loved coconut cream pie, salami with mustard, and Camel Lights soft packs.Still faintly legible across the chest is "TIN HUEY" in stenciled, white acrylic letters, cracked throughout like an antique vase.No matter how much you wash it, it smells like people, rather than detergent.I don't wash it often, because I don't want it to disintegrate.
The shirt first came into Patrick's possession in 2003, when his band, the Black Keys, started garnering national attention, including a spot as the musical guest on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien." Tin Huey's guitarist gave it to Patrick hoping he would wear it on the show. Patrick was obsessed with any rock band that ever came out of Akron, Ohio -- from big names like Devo and Chrissie Hynde to little-known acts like Chi-Pig, the Bizarros, and, of course, Tin Huey. Patrick remembers his grandparents always playing their only major label release, "Contents Dislodged During Shipment," on the hi-fi.Branch met Carney at a Grammys party in February 2015, the same year she finalized her divorce from husband Teddy Landau after nine years of marriage.