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    Chapter 67 – Against All Odds

    Shane McCutcheon
    Dude, Tina is awesome, you’d love this!
    Check Instagram when you get a chance!

    Alice Pieszecki
    8:03 PM
    UR missing 80’s nite LittleP!!!
    Hope SD is showing u a good

    OMG! UR girl can wail the Bangles!
    Take a looksie on Instagram!!

    Bette opened her Instagram app and saw that she had been tagged in a few photos her friends had put up earlier in the night. Alice had posted a photo of Tina on stage with a beer in one hand and a microphone in the other. Her eyes were closed and she was singing. Bette stared at the image of her blonde goddess in her business suit. She sighed dreamily, and then scrolled down to see that Shane and Carmen had posted similar photos.

    There was also a video that showed a preview of Tina that Alice posted. “Tina on stage, killin’ it!” read the caption. Bette flinched at the volume echoing through her phone and could barely make out a song in the background for the 15 seconds it lasted. The tune was familiar, but the background noise of a crowded Planet distorted the vocals and Alice appeared to be too far away from Tina while filming.

    Kit’s last text came just half an hour before Bette got back to her room. She logged into her email account from her Macbook where she saw more video files from Carmen. Bette knew she was about to see Tina sing, and had to prepare herself to see her again.

    She clicked open the first file that was sent. It showed Tina just as she had appeared in Alice’s Instagram video, only this time, closer and cleaner in focus and Bette could hear the audio much clearer.

    “Close your eyes
    Give me your hand, darlin’
    Do you feel my heart beatin
    Do you understand
    Do you feel the same
    Am I only dreaming
    Is this burning
    An eternal flame
    I believe it’s meant to be, darling
    I watch you when you’re sleeping
    You belong with me
    Do you feel the same,
    Am I only dreaming
    Or is this burning
    An eternal flame
    Say my name
    Sun shines through the rain
    A whole life
    So lonely
    And then come and ease the pain
    I don’t wanna lose this feeling

    Carmen had captured the entire song Tina performed on cell video. Bette thought she looked so sad as she sang. The guilt began to creep up within Bette and she found herself gritting her teeth to hold back tears.


    1. Oooh, Mr. Collins. One of my musical heros. This guy could play the drums! Just listen to the drum part Tina gets into after “.. is against the odds and that’s what I’ve got to face…”. So great!
      That song was always on my set list whenever I sat behind my air drums ;-) And it got me through one or two heartaches as well.
      You picked the perfect songs to match Tinas mood and state of mind! Good choice with the Bangles.
      As sad as the situation is for T + B, Tina probably would not have given such a compelling performance if it wasn’t for their fight.

      Enter James. Another character of the show that I always liked. He’s like Bette’s sidekick.

      As for the locations that don’t exist anymore: with your story you kind of save them from being forgotten :-)

      • One of the greatest drummers, all right. His most impressive drum set is for the song “In the Air Tonight.” Literally doesn’t even come into the song until more than three and a half minutes in. It’s the greatest 2 minutes of a song that he’s ever composed. A musical masterpiece, for sure. Oh jeez, I must be showing my age. lol

        I happy you liked my song selection. Always wanted James to find happiness. Even knowing how tantrum-prone Bette was, he was always super loyal.

        And I like your perspective on keeping these old joints alive that have since vanished. But alas, I am only one person who remembers for now.

        Thanks for reading as always.

        • It was a brilliant decision to keep James on the show and have him follow Bette to the CU. He got more confident then and more relaxed with Bette’s tantrums.
          You gave him a last name :-) Or was is mentioned in the show?

          In the air tonight.. Absolutely! Very dramatic drum sequence that never gets old. I wish he’d still play the drums on this year’s tour but I don’t think so. Maybe he’ll play In The Air himself at least. If you enjoy his playing you might like Collins drum duet with Chester Thompson from the “The Way We Walk” live CD vol. 2. 5:40 of drum greatness :-)

    2. Bibi28 is right : beautiful songs indeed – thank you so much for sharing, that’s great !

      My poor B&T, suffering both in their corners… Hopefully Tina will be able to hear her girl singing this one for her very soon :
      (well, here I tried to add the link but it wasn’t accepted so… just say it was a certain JB singing ‘One Girl in a Million’)


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