03.19.2012 
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It must have been over 25 years ago. It was a sunny afternoon. Birds were chirping. Bees buzzing. We could almost hear the grass growing underneath us. Four tiny friends, we were discussing which song we would playback at the Playback Contest that was being held in our tiny town. One of them wanted to do Jason Donovan, hoping he would seduce the girls in doing so. But this was supposed to be a group effort, so no solo carreers. Not yet. Then someone suggested Wham!, but that was a duo so it was none the better. And then, after a small uninspired silence interruped only by the occasional fart and silly laughter, someone uttered the magical words. ‘The final countdown’. Hell yes!! That was the one!! We all jumped on our feet and started battling over who would be whom, and I managed to get the coolest part. The guy with the keyboards. The guy who played the awesome riff. Da-da-dàà-dààà!!! It was as close as I would ever get to being God.

It was my first time ever on a stage. We din’t win the contest, a boy doing Paul Anka won. We blamed it on the jury that was full of nostalgic old people. They didn’t get the pleasure of moving your head back and forth until you were dizzy. But we didn’t care. Rock ‘n’ roll was meant to be misunderstood by old people. So we took off our huge blond wigs and went home with a big smile on our faces.

Ever since, I have secretly wanted to go back to that. But then I got my first acoustic guitar and then Nirvana did their unplugged and then I discovered Leonard Cohen and before I knew, headbanging was a faraway dream. Utopia.

Maybe this song is as close I will ever get to ‘The Final Countdown’ again. If you listen closely you will find that I have listened to ‘There is a war’ by Leonard Cohen way too many times. And that keybaords are not what they used to be. But still. This song made me nod my head a few times in my little room full of instruments.

It’s called ‘Silent Soldiers’ I hope you like it.

Love,

L

PS There are no picture sof the Playback Contest. Please don’t bother to ask.

SILENT SOLDIERS

 

We were raised on green hills, in the shadows of trees

Sheltered lives built around the promise to please

But we were rolling to the opposite side

The first fight was a little accident

An act of faith we would later repent

We were roaming in silent stupor at night

 

In the morning I will whisper your name

 

The next one was a little less unforeseen

There was will to conquer, there was a scheme

We were struggling for a place to hide

We came across men that were hurtfully wise

Saying there’s only two armies and you need to pick sides

We were fighting back to back from that time

 

In the morning I will whisper your name

 

Then one day we started fighting kamikaze style

From the wounds we have we’ll happily die

We’ve been cornered into the darker side

When your way of looking at the world

Is more beautiful than the world you look at

There’ll be violence until the end of time

 

In the morning I will whisper your name

And you’ll be there

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