In 1953, my uncle Nathan Valentine Morris played fiddle and called the dances at Bend schoolhouse, Bend, Texas. We danced the round dance in a large classroom and ate potluck stew in the schoolyard beside the bell that had tolled pupils to their lessons for generations. The bell could heard across the Colorado River into Lampasas County. That night, I understood community.
The narrative is coming soon, but until then, listen to Old Joe Clark:
Old Joe Clark, performed by The Resonators.