In black-and-white, the camera examines Rag ‘n’ Bone’s face. Eyes closed, he sings into the microphone. The soft whiskers on his beard hang in short lines on his cheek. The camera pans away and maintains a distance as he continues to sing.
Two round spotlights beam upon him. He points with two fingers as the camera circles him. The camera views the side of his face. He has a monitor in his ear and a tattoo by his neck. While the camera moves to center again, the hooks from his nose rings peek out. Eyes still closed, he stares at the floor while shifting from left to right.
Over the years, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has been to funerals of family and friends. Sometimes, he was able to say goodbye. He visited his sick loved ones in the hospital and held their hand as they called out for a dead relative. Their eyes shut as the morphine dripped in their system, he talked to them until they took their last breath.
He has had a good life. However, he has dodged trouble too many times. Eventually, it will catch up to him and there won’t be any place to hide. Singing provides a catharsis from the doubt bubbling inside him, softening the pain for three minutes.
One day it will be him. He believes he won’t be in heaven. There are sins he committed without shame. Admitting it out loud in confession wouldn’t clear the grime on his soul. His family and friends know to cremate him and perhaps have a memorial.
Director: N/A Year: 2018