Sam J. Miller. Songs Like Freight Trains. (Interzone #254, September/October 2014)

interzone254A four-pager that resonates strongly with this reader!

A forty-something married couple are driving to watch their daughter’s music recital with a university place at stake. If you’ve been in such a position, you’ll know that this kind of thing can give you pause for thought, as you realise your halcyon days at university are long gone. Especially when certain songs can trigger a return to that time and place. (For the record, for me it’s XTC’s ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ which takes me back to the first term at Leeds Polytechnic in September 1979).

There’s a stronger issue here, as the wife/mother really does go deep when she flashes back….

Miller really captures the mood well.

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