Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #172

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photograph below is from

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man sitting in front of some electronic devices and speakers. He’s typing on a keyboard and is staring at a computer monitor.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

14 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #172

  1. donmatthewspoetry June 6, 2022 / 5:27 am

    Where oh where’s the monitor
    This guy’s looking at?
    He looks a little frazzled
    The cat sits on the mat

    Who wrote this nonsense Fan?……

    I can’t see no cat?…..

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  2. rugby843 June 7, 2022 / 12:44 pm

    Joe looked at all the equipment he invested in. Now it’s just expensive junk. No one buys cds or records anymore. It’s all online and his future is bleak. Maybe an electrical fire would do the trick? “I wish I hadn’t let my insurance run out, guess I’ll have to find a different job.”

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Marleen June 11, 2022 / 4:48 pm

    …. On the March night when I showed up, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead was performing. Through a pane of blue-tinted glass at the back of the stage, another curiosity in White’s menagerie could be glimpsed: a 74-year-old audio engineer in a lab coat who calls himself Dr. Groove.

    In a narrow room behind the stage, Dr. Groove—his real name is George A. Ingram—stooped over a needle that was etching Weir’s music into a black, lacquer-coated disc called an acetate. This is the first step in an obsolete process for producing a vinyl record. The lathe he used was the very same one that cut James Brown’s early singles, in the 1950s.

    Observing this process intently was White himself. … On this evening, White, now 46, wore half-rim glasses and flannel, the only hint of rock coming from the Gatorade-blue tinge of his hair.

    Listeners generally want a record to sound as loud as possible, White told me as Dr. Groove continued his work. But “you can have a mellow song like this”—the Dead’s downbeat “New Speedway Boogie” drifted in the air—and then, all of a sudden, the drummer hits the effects pedal and pumps up his volume. If Dr. Groove isn’t prepared, “the needle will literally pop out of the groove from the jolt,” rendering the recording useless.

    For so finicky an operation to take place in 2022 is, from one point of view, absurd. The music industry largely stopped cutting performances directly to disc 70 years ago, with the advent of magnetic tape. A few minutes before taking the stage at Third Man, Weir—a septuagenarian cowboy who spoke in a low mutter—had visited the back room and marveled that not even the Grateful Dead, those ancient gods of concert documentation, had captured a show in this fashion. “Cat Stevens said the same thing,” White told me.

    Ever since White installed a lathe at Third Man, a stream of acts has come to teleport to the time before Pro Tools. ………………..

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    • Marleen June 11, 2022 / 6:12 pm

      Sorry. Forgot this was to be fiction. So, I’ll add the sentence I removed while adding a capitalized “g”: Thanks to the endurance of early-2000s White Stripes hits such as “Seven Nation Army” and “Fell in Love With a Girl,” the guitarist and singer is one of the few undisputed rock Gods to emerge in the 21st century.

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      • Fandango June 11, 2022 / 11:09 pm

        It doesn’t HAVE to be fiction. 😉


        • Marleen June 14, 2022 / 11:29 am

          HERE is a rock god. I kinda respect Jack White’s wannabe energy (admittedly almost never something to respect unless with a good dose of humor). And I have much enjoyed a lot of his music (and his work along with his ex wife). That’s my point of view… meanwhile, there is dispute on whether he’s actually great. He tries, and his everyman and hands-on stuff is interesting.

          Jimmy Page (+)

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          • Marleen June 14, 2022 / 11:51 am

            He did get a nod from Beyoncé, soo…

            Beyoncé ft Jack White – Don’t Hurt Yourself ( Official Music Video ) Pre Promo · 6 years ago

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