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 Rock and Roll Romance

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    Every boy has dreams of what he wants to be when he grows up and Mark was no different. His parents were the kind that wanted him to experience childhood to the fullest which meant, little league baseball, pee wee football, piano lessons and swimming lessons. Mark did well at all of them but knew that he would be the star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were his favorite team and he was a very good wide receiver all through Pee Wee, football and his freshman year of high school.

    It was the second to last game of the season and he was playing on the JV football team. One of only two freshman to be able to play at the higher level. He'd already scored one touchdown and went up to catch his second. The pass was high but he held on by his fingertips. As he landed, he was at an odd angle as the defensive player hit him just below the knee. The ligaments tore as his tibia snapped and that ended any chance he had of playing sports beyond high school. It also meant that he wouldn't be out and about much for the next few months as his bones healed, his surgeries took place and then he had to learn to walk again with the help of his physical therapist.

    Beyond school he had little to challenge him or keep his interest and TV just bored him to tears. He was hobbling past his sister's room when he saw a guitar leaning against her desk. She'd played for a year or two before moving on to other interests. He asked if he could borrow it and she said he could have it. He'd found a new interest and a new challenge. Watching videos, listening to the radio and getting out some of his old music from piano, he started to get into making music.

    It was over a year before he could walk without a noticeable limp. By then he'd found someone that could teach him guitar and the lessons and his determination to improve all helped him pass the time. He was still up early doing sit ups, using the weight bench and after school, physiotherapy on his leg. After his homework was done he played his guitar. His fingers bled, before the calluses formed. The pain was never as bad as his leg but his fingers became tough enough to play all day.

    His interest grew and he received a Fender Stratocaster as his big Christmas present his sophomore year. A few pick up bands let him learn how to move with the guitar and actually found out that he could sing in tune. Mark didn't want to be the headliner and singing star but he enjoyed singing as his fingers worked the strings and the music flowed from the amps.

    After high school and two years of college at Seton Hall, Mark had his AA degree and enough of school. He went to class and did his homework but he lived to play music. He'd met a guy named Matt that could play the drums. The others that came and went were not of the same caliber, nor did they have the commitment or drive to make it in the music world. After getting his AA, Mark informed his parents that he was taking a break from school to follow his dreams and try to make a living playing music. Matt did the same and started to read the music rag classifieds and place a few of his own to find some others interested in starting a band.

    Matt got a job as a cook doing breakfast during the week at a truck stop. Mark found a gig playing acoustic guitar and singing in a pub during the week. They shared a basement apartment and practiced in the afternoons when the people living above them were at work. Matt made calls and calls started coming in from others with the same dreams.
     
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    Mya never really complained about much. She got to do what she loved regardless of the support she had. That wasn't to say she didn't have any because she did. Her parents knew from a young age that the girl was talented. Instead of letting it be a passing phase, they honed her skills.

    Playing guitar was the most fun she ever had. She got to play music with her very best friends. The best part? They were all good at what they did. She met so many people through her music. It was a challenge trying to keep up in school with her studies and playing at all hours of the night, but she managed to get her diploma and even a work her way through getting a BA. Meeting Rita was a bonus. The girl was a great keyboardist, much better than anyone she had ever met. She had so many connects in the underground music area in town. Nathan, Rita's boyfriend was a very good bassist, although sometimes the boy felt like no one saw him.

    Mya was quite shocked when Rita called her up one day and said that her band was looking for some musicians.

    "You don't wanna pass this up. I think you'll be a great fit."
     
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    It took a few weeks but they found a good bass player named Nathan and his girlfriend, Rita, as an amazing keyboardist. They had all of the positions covered but they were contemplating adding one more guitarist to add a little more depth to their sound. It would mean that at their gigs, they would have one more share to split but if they found the right person, it might be worth it. They were practicing the standard covers for a rock band and Rita said, "I have a friend that can play guitar and sing if we ever wanted to cover any songs that are performed by women. She is really good and last time I spoke with her, she was looking for a band to play with.

    Matt looked at Mark and got a shrug in return. If her voice was good then it might be worth giving her a shot. It would all depend on if she could sing and if her guitar was an instrument or just a decoration she carried around the stage. It wasn't an ego thing because both of them wanted to have a great band, not be the main attraction. Mark said, "Rita, if she is a good singer and can add the depth at guitar that we are currently lacking, I'm willing to have her come in an audition. Give her a call and see when she is free to come over and jam with us."

    "I'll give Mya a call and see if she can come play for you. I think we sound good but are lacking on female vocals. She can play the guitar. I think she will fit in but it will be up to you two." They were putting their stuff away and Rita said, "What are you guys doing after this? Did you want to go out or are you heading home?"

    "I don't know about Matt, but I was thinking about going out for a beer and looking for a little company. That last girl I was dating wanted someone with a little more income than I'm bringing in these days. She was happy in the morning but not so happy when we didn't go to the high end restaurants for dinner. She wasn't into the starving artist thing. Did you want to go over to pub and have a beer?"

    Nathan said, "I think we will just head home. I have to get up early and work in the morning. I'd let Rita go with you but I'd rather have her in bed with me."

    "Didn't your mom tell you that you should share your toys?"

    Rita gave him the bird and laughed, "Fuck you, Mark."

    "I love you too Rita," Turning to Matt he asked, "You up for a beer or heading home?"

    "If you smoke a fatty with me here, I'll go have a beer with you and then we will see what trouble we can get into."

    They went in different directions and Matt asked as they walked to the pub, "You okay with another singer joining the band?"

    "I just want us to be good. If she can sing and play, I'll be happy to have her. Rita can play but her voice isn't srtong enough to sing lead."

    "I hope this Mya chick can do the job. When we get this band in shape we can start booking some places to play and we can earn some money instead of just practicing."

    They went into the bar and ordered a couple beers to finish out the night.
     
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    "You want me to come to your next practice?"

    Mya leaned against the counter in the small kitchen of her studio apartment. She stirred the pot on the stove, nibbling on her bottom lip. "That was fast Rita, yall really want me there?"

    Rita rolled over on the mattress removing the comforter from her frame. Nathan had long since been up already even though she tried to coax him into sleeping in. After promising she'd be up at some point during the day after their eventful night of drinking the night before. She decided to call Mya with the good news. Although it was invitation to play at their audition, she knew Mya would be a shoe in. "Of course we want you there. I practically gushed about how talented you were. Trust me, we need you. "

    Mya adjusted the phone slightly while grabbed more spices from cabinets above searching for more oregano. "Alright. I'll be there. What time would you like me to come by?"

    "Hmm. 8 seems pretty decent. We'll have warmed up by then. I really appreciate you helping us out."

    Mya chuckled as she stirred the pot of sauce before placing the lid back on the pot. "No I really owe you for looking out for me. I've been itching to play for so long. But I'll let ya get going. I'll see you at your practice okay? Bye Rita."

    "See ya Mya."

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    Rehearsal came faster than she expected. Mya slung her case over her shoulder and pushed the double doors opened to the studio where Rita said their rehearsal would be held. It was in the basement of a small warehouse a little ways outside the city. Mya could chatter as she got closer to the room. She knocked on the door waiting for a response. The door opened as she came face to face with Rita. The woman smiled stepping back to let her in. "Mya!"

    She wrapped her in a hug as she stepped into the room. Grinning she ushered her towards the guys as they say around. "Guys this Mya Chadwick. Mya, you know Nathan and that's Matt and Mark."

    Mya brushed the curls off her face giving them all a wave. "Nice to meet you all."
     
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    As they went to the studio to practice, Matt asked Mark, "You are the lead singer of our band. Are you alright with someone else coming in to sing and play guitar?"

    Looking at his friend, he stopped to show he was serious. "I don't know how good she is. I'm not just looking for a body to put on the stage even if the body is drop dead gorgeous. I am taking a part of my life to see if I or we can make something in this business. It takes a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. If she is talented enough to join us, we can always use a good female voice and a good guitar player. If John Bonham comes back from the dead, and wants to join us, we will either have two drummers or you will be hitting the road."

    Matt laughed at Mark since Mark was well aware that Matt's idol was the deceased drummer from Led Zeppelin. "Yeah, I hope she can sing, play and looks good because that never hurts when booking gigs and bringing in a crowd to watch us play."

    The instrument were just about tuned when Mark looked up to see Rita walking in with her friend Mya. His first thought was that she had one of the three desired traits. If she could only sing and play guitar, this good band could become a great band. He stuck out his hand as she walked up and said, "Hi, I'm Mark and we look forward to hearing you play." Looking down at the lead guitar around his neck. "I play guitar and sing but don't do well on the female vocals and we could use some help if it works out for everyone. I look forward to hearing you play and sing." He looked over to Matt, sitting behind his kit. "That's Matt, we started this thing. Is there any songs or bands that you do better than others? We can start with those and then some of the ones we do well with on instrumentals."

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    After Rita introduced Mya to the band, she went over and sat beside Nathan, taking up space on his lap. Mya took her guitar off her back placing it down against the wall. She took Mark's hand into her into hers and shook it warmly. "Nice to meet you Mark," her British accent clearly audible in her speech.

    "Rita's told be so much about you and Matt. Thank you for givin' me a chance to sing and play." She gave Matt a tiny wave. "What would you like to hear?" She took her guitar out, strumming it to make sure it was in tune. Satisfied, Mya stepped forward and begin to play the first few cords of "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks. Impromptu, but she liked the song since she was younger. Mya closed her eyes as begin the first verse.

    Just like the white winged dove
    Sings a song
    Sounds like she's singing
    Who who who
    Just like the white winged dove
    Sings a song
    Sounds like she's singing
    Oh baby oh said oh


    And the days go by
    Like a strand in the wind
    In the web that is my own
    I begin again
    Said to my friend, baby
    Nothin' else mattered


    He was no more than a baby then
    Well he seemed broken hearted
    Something within him
    But the moment that I first laid
    Eyes on him all alone
    On the edge of seventeen


    Just like the white winged dove
    Sings a song
    Sounds like she's singing
    Oh baby oh said oh
    Just like the white winged dove
    Sings a song
    Sounds like she's singing
    Oh baby oh said oh....

    Grinning, she cut off after the second chorus blushing profusely. "I forgot how long this song can be. But was a little taste of what I can do I guess. Wold you like to hear more or have me play with you all?"

    She was nervous. More than she let on. Rita glanced at Nathan. "You think Mark and Matt will let her in?" she whispered.
     
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    There was a big smile on his face as Mark clapped for the audition. "I'm glad you like that good old rock and roll. That will do just fine but we have a lot of songs we play and want to add more. Why don't you jam with us and you can play with us on one of our song and then we will see if we can keep up with you on one of yours. I think at the end of the night we will have a pretty good idea of how we fit. Then Matt and I will go get drunk, flip a coin and have our answer for you." Again the smile.

    "We will talk it over with the band and let you know in the morning unless Rita can't wait until then and calls you as soon as she has an answer. We are heading in the right direction."

    Since she had just sung a Stevie Nicks song, Mark strapped on and started the intro to Stop Dragging My Heart Around. Tom Petty had written and recorded it with Stevie Nick singing the female part of the duet.

    Baby you'll come knocking on my front door
    Same old line you used to use before
    I said ya, well, what am I supposed to do
    I didn't know what I was getting into

    So you've had a little trouble in town
    Now you're keeping some demons down

    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my heart around

    It's hard to think about what you've wanted
    It's hard to think about what you've lost
    This doesn't have to be the big get even
    This doesn't have to be anything at all

    I know you really want to tell me good-bye
    I know you really want to be your own girl

    Baby you could never look me in the eye
    Yeah you buckle with the weight of the words

    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my heart around

    There's people running 'round loose in the world
    Ain't got nothing better to do
    Than make a meal of some bright eyed kid
    You need someone looking after you

    I know you really want to tell me goodbye
    I know you really want to be your own girl

    Baby you could never look me in the eye
    Yeah you buckle with the weight of the words

    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my,
    Stop draggin' my heart around

    Stop draggin' my heart around

    Mya hit the marks as she joined in on both vocals and guitar. She held the melody while mark went off and added in another layer of sound. More than once during the song, Mark looked over at Matt and they nodded and smiled. Rita never stopped smiling and Nathan never smiled.

    The rest of the practice went well there were a couple mistakes with timing and working together. There was one song that Mya didn't know and one that Mark knew the music but not the lyrics. In the end it was just a formality to get together and vote as a band.

    Later at the bar, Rita spoke first, "You know she can do it. Why didn't we just tell her yes?"

    Matt said, "Because we are a band and we don't make decision for the band without the band talking about it. So let's talk. I thought she sounded good, what about you Mark?"

    "I thought she did well and knows the songs we play, or at least most of them." Turning to Rita he said, "Rita. She can play. That isn't the real question. Will she fit in with us. We all play for the good of the band, for the music. We want to make a living but right now we are starving musicians, living the dream. How will she fit into the group dynamics? What if she hits on Nathan, what if she hooks up with Matt, or me or all three of us? I'm not saying she will but you know her better than the rest of us. Should we just say, Yes? Should we do some kind of probation?"

    Rita was ready to punch Mark when he made the comment about Nathan but they would hopefully be good enough to get some out of town gigs. There could be some partying and the male/female thing could come up. She started to think about it and finally said, "Fuck it, I don't know and we won't know unless we give it a shot. If she hooks up with Nathan, I will have you boys to keep me company."

    She winked at Mark and Matt as Nathan said, "Hey wait a minute." They were all laughing by then and by the end of the pitcher, Rita had called Mya and welcomed her to the band. They had practice the following night.
     
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    Rita couldn't hold in her excitement as she called up Mya to give her the good news. She and Nathan had just crawled back into bed after their night of drinking with Matt and Mark. Nathan had long since fallen asleep and Rita sat in the living room watching television to stay up.

    "Hey Mya. Did I wake you?"

    Mya had just walked in from her shift at the bar she picked from her coworker. She set her guitar down and flopped on the couch. "Oh no, I just got in, What's up?"

    Rita kicked her legs out from under her smiling ear to ear. "I wanted to formally invite you into the band. They want ya!"

    Mya pulled the phone away, squealing wit excitement. She jumped around attempting to pull it together. "Really?! Oh gosh this is wicked. Thank you. You don't know how nervous I was! I can't wait to get started. Thank you Rita."

    Rita giggled, covering her mouth to not wake Nathan. "Of course hun. We have practice tomorrow. I'll see you then."

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    The next night Mya strolled into the basement studio looking around curiously. No one had arrived quite yet.

    Maybe I'm too early.

    She brought out her guitar to tune and began to strum a few sounds humming as she played. Rita pulled Nathan along the hallway towards the practice room. "Babe, let's go. Stop dawdling. Didn't you get enough sleep last night?"

    She stopped walking as she heard the music from the room. Smiling, she poked him in the side. "Doesn't she sound lovely? Matt and Mark are gonna have so much fun playing with her!"
     
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    Knowing Rita, Mark didn't need to call Mya. He was happy that she was there and they could just start practicing. It was a little different since they both played lead guitar and sang. Matt kept the beat but they needed to also play with and compliment what the other was doing. This meant that they were often looking at each other while they were playing. They couldn't always talk to they used body language and facial expressions to convey their actions.

    They made their way through practice but it was almost as if they were flirting or dancing as they worked through the song list. They tried to keep learning new songs and Nathan said, "I have a song that we finally have enough instruments and voices to pull off. If we can hit it, we can do anything. Under Pressure, by Queen and David Bowie."

    Everyone was surprised that the bass player actually spoke but when he pulled a CD out of his case and hit play, everyone kind of bebooped around wondering if they could keep up with all the changes. He pulled out some music and passed it around. Rita was the funniest when she said, "I thought all you did was eat, sleep and fuck. When did you have time for this?"

    Matt had to jump in when and say, "When you were off screwing that other guy."

    Nathan laughed but Rita gave him a dirty look, Mya smiled and said, "I bet he was worth it you slut so stop your bitchin."

    Another round of laughs had Rita stomp her foot and turn to Matt, "Hey ass hole why don't you kick off the song so we can learn this shit. I have a date later." The laughing started again until Matt hit the bass drum and the laughing died off as they started to learn the song from hell.

    Mark picked it up fairly easily, he'd played it before but had fun watching the expressions on Mya's face. After the torture and deciding to give up for now and pick it up again the next day, Mark said, "Mya, now that you are part of the band, do you want to come out and have a beer or two. We can't afford to get hammered every night but one or two helps us take the edge off and get to know each other better off stage. Besides, since Rita is going to see her other guy, it would look funny with three guys alone at a table."

    Rita said, "Fuck you, Mark. I'm not a slut and love my Nathan. He just surprised me." She looked to Mya, "You in? I'll protect you from these dorks."
     
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    Mya chuckled at the antics taking a seat during their break. "I think I can handle myself Rita," she turned to Mark with a smirk, "To answer your question, I wouldn't getting drinks with the band. I'd love to chat with everyone more. I only know Rita. Nathan barely speaks."

    Rita laughed as she sat down in Nathan's lap giving him a quick peck on the cheek. "It's true. But I still love him."

    Mya packed her guitar away drumming her fingers. "If we want to book any gigs down the line, I could contact an old friend. He's a promoter always looking for talent. Owes me a few favors. I just may have one to put it."

    Rita glanced over at Matt and Mark. "What you guys say? Could be a good idea."

    They all walked to the bar, a small little place not far from the practice studio. Rita grabbed Nathan's hand tugging him towards the bar ordering their usual shot of whiskey and pints. Mya followed behind the others still getting use to the crowd and sat down on one of the stools. The bartender walked up to her with a grin. "See anything you like?"

    "Whiskey sour with Crown Apple, double please," she spoke.
     
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    It was always good to have fun and enjoy each other and practice ended with a few laughs. Mya mentioned a promoter or agent that could maybe get them some work. He replied, "If he has some work, I would be happy to play if the price is right. I was in a band a few summers ago and ended up having to pay because the guy who got us the work didn't include our travel costs in the contract and if it wasn't for my mom. helping me out, I would have been evicted from my apartment. I learned a few things from that but if the contract is solid and the work is steady, I don't mind giving a cut to the one who found us the work."
    After a short walk to the bar, Mark and Matt ordered beers and watched as Mya got the whiskey sour. He watched her face as she took a sip to see if the bartender mixed it right or at least to her satisfaction. She had a cute smile so the drink must have been good. Rita and Nathan were making eyes at each other. Mark asked Mya, "Do you shoot pool? We can play cut throat if you want or we can get a table and just talk. How well do you know this promoter and do you trust him? If he sends us on the road, we will need to make sure everyone can get away from work. My boss just pays me by the shift and knows I am trying to make it in the business. He tells me that he hopes that we succeed. Matt would quit, he can always get a job waiting tables if he needed work."
     
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