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.
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.