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I wished to be accepted,” he stated. “The medicinal drugs helped ease my brain, made me believe much less fearful. i used to be risking my existence at any time when I shot shit, yet I by no means even considered it on the time. ” Nor did his bandmates discourage him, even if he saved nodding off at the stand. greater than as soon as, audiences observed his head hit the piano keys. The group’s recklessness backfired close to the top of the run. using to paintings with Halema—now 8 months pregnant—in the passenger seat, Baker stopped to attain, then drag-raced to Peacock Lane within the futile try and arrive on time. Pulling as much as the minimize, he noticed John O’Grady and Dick Hill, his drug-avenging foes from the LAPD, open air the membership. They have been studying the hands of Friedman and Larance Marable, the fourth drummer within the engagement. Baker parked up the road and snuck Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1_Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1. qxd 4/25/11 4:10 PM web page 137 D E E P I N A D R E A M · 1 three 7 within Peacock Lane. overdue for paintings back, he came upon the chief blocking off his option to the level. The trumpeter walked out the door and crept to his automobile, the place Halema waited. once he drove off, Hill and O’Grady started chasing him in an unmarked vehicle. Baker outraced them, and when they have been in a secure position, he despatched his spouse domestic in a cab. Then he drove to Balboa Bay, the place for over per week he concealed out on a ship owned via an ex-junkie pal. again in L. A. , Baker realized that Hill and O’Grady had threatened to throw Friedman in penitentiary except he signed a press release admitting that Baker had given him the dope. The worried younger pianist had no selection yet to cooperate. Now Baker needed to go away city. He instructed Halema to fulfill him in San Francisco. There, on August , , their son was once born. She christened him Chesney Aftab Baker, the center identify a Pakistani observe for the solar. however the child’s twenty-one-year-old mom felt ordinarily gloom as she learned she was once married to a guy who couldn’t even deal with himself. “I don’t imagine Chet used to be father fabric to start with,” she acknowledged. “He was once the kind of person who sought after all of the recognition, and sought after an individual which could move anyplace he went. And with a toddler you can’t do this. ” In his memoir Baker brushed over his first fatherhood with no trace of sentiment. “The subsequent couple of years have been tricky, with a continuing swap of team of workers within the band,” he wrote. finally he informed Jack Simpson and others that Chesney have been born a little retarded, a situation he blamed on madness in Halema’s relations. yet buddies questioned if parental drug use may have affected the child’s genes. regardless of the reason, Halema vowed to guard him from Baker as they headed for a brand new existence in ny. “My son by no means knew his father,” she acknowledged. “I did my most sensible to maintain them aside. ” Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1_Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1. qxd 4/25/11 4:10 PM web page 138 instances sq., manhattan, . photograph by means of Carole Reiff; © Carole Reiff picture Archive Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1_Gavi_0679442871_6p_01_r1. qxd 4/25/11 4:10 PM web page 139 nine Baker reached long island in August with out position to reside, no cash, and few clients.