Slice of Life: We’re All All Right

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

I took my 12-year-old son to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for the second time (we first went on opening weekend) because his friend had not gone yet. That seemed a shame. We had a blast in the cold theater on a hot day and my son’s friend loved the movie.

Once again, the scene where Cheap Trick’s Surrender plays hit me the heart of memory, reminding me of playing that song in my college-days rock band, Rough Draft.

So, I dug our cover of Surrender out. It was part of an audio track to a cable television recording we did, and then the studio lost the video tape so we don’t have that, only the audio. Maybe that’s a good thing …

That’s me singing and playing rhythm guitar. We used to have so much fun with that song. It was not a band of finesse. It was a band of loud energy. Rough Draft, indeed. Three of us from that band are still very close, and we get together once a year. In fact, that reunion is coming in two weeks.

We’re all all right!
We’re all all right!
We just seem a little weird …

Peace (no cheap tricks),

PS — bonus song? Only if your ears can take it. This was early song of mine for Rough Draft. I was just starting to do some writing.

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  1. You took me right back to a warm evening in a very loud two-car garage listening to a band. I was sitting on a red milk crate. He was strumming a bass guitar with the band around him. It was loud, rock-pounding fun… thanks for bringing it back. We laughed so much at Guardians- thoroughly enjoyed it, but I LOVED Wonder Woman. Have you seen it yet? Happy summer, Kevin!

  2. That’s great! Music has such a powerful connection to memory for me too. I can’t remember songs well, but as soon as I hear an old song I remember everything connected to it.

  3. I was a big Cheap Trick fan back in the day, and “Surrender” was my favorite song of theirs. I believe popular music is a great source for language teaching–not just English, but foreign language teaching. Becoming a Tejano music fan back in the mid 90’s improved my Spanish big time.

    • It’s funny … I hear the song on the radio quite a bit now (thanks to Guardians) but they play the studio version, not the raucous Live in Budokan version that shook the world.

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