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    Chapter 67 – Against All Odds

    The next video was a clip of Tina’s second performance. The song choice was so poignant, that Bette couldn’t help but let the tears escape for the second night in a row. Tina didn’t have a drink in her hand this time. Both her hands gripped the mic for dear life. Her hair was slightly tousled and you could tell from the video that her neck and chest were red and her voice was thick and slightly slurred from her alcohol intake. She was one hot mess, but so beautiful in Bette’s eyes.

    “How can I just let you walk away
    Just let you leave without a trace
    When I stand here taking every breath
    With you, oooh
    You’re the only one
    Who really knew me at all

    How can you just walk away from me
    When all I can do is watch you leave
    ‘cause we shared the laughter and the pain
    And even shared the tears
    You’re the only one
    Who really knew me at all

    So take a look at me now
    Oh there’s just an empty space
    And there’s nothin’ left here
    To remind me
    Just a memory of your face
    Ooh take a look at me now-howowow
    Well there’s just an empty space
    And you coming BACK TO ME
    Is against the odds
    And that’s what I’ve got to face!”

    The drums took over as Tina did a cute play of her own air drum set earning a ton of “YEAHs” from the audience and a chuckle from Bette.

    “I wish I could just make you turn around
    There’s so much I need to say to you
    So many reasons why
    You’re the only one
    Who really knew me at all

    So take a look at me now-howowow
    Well, there’s just an empty space
    There’s nothing left here to remind me
    Just a memory of your face
    Now take a look at me now-howowow
    ‘Cause there’s just an empty space
    But to wait for you,
    Is all I can do
    And that’s what I’ve got to face
    Take a good look at me now
    And you coming BACK TO ME
    Is against all odds
    It’s the chance I’ve gotta take!”

    Bette was in awe of the performance as was the rest of the crowd who had quieted down as Tina sang with such heart. When the song was over, Carmen had panned the camera towards the cheering audience who honored Tina with a standing ovation. Bette couldn’t help but feel a sense of loss for having missed it in person.

    She continued to watch as Carmen turned the camera to face herself and address her personally. “Damn, Little P, your woman is amazing!”

    The last of the video showed Kit hugging Tina on stage before Tina walked slowly off camera.

    “Yeah. Yeah, she is.” Bette sighed in agreement.



    1. kiwipit says

      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 :-)

      • meloveslu says

        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.

        • kiwipit says

          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. Therese_Belivet says

      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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