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Reliving my teen years

April 6, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Since the '80s channel on Sirius radio was plugging the limited edition Bon Jovi channel, I just had to tune in. I remember when I was a freshman in high school, and I was excited to get Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" on cassette. "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name" were getting the most airplay. So I brought that cassette to be played at the homecoming dance that year. It got played, but the guy who was deejaying the dance (a Somerset High senior) didn't fast-forward the tape to the popular songs. The first song on that album is "Let It Rock," which is kind of background music, more or less. Classic fail on both our parts.

A Bon Jovi song was named my high school class' prom song junior year - "I'll Be There For You." Granted this was after our class had originally voted on "Patience" by Guns N' Roses and it was promptly nixed by school officials or somesuch, but it was a decent alternative. Sappy ballads tend to lend themselves to prom songs.

Bon Jovi music was big during my high school days, and the band still perseveres today. I only had the one cassette and the CD "Cross Road," which has all the Bon Jovi songs I like. I also got a copy of "Bounce" somewhere in my possession.

I don't really break out the Bon Jovi much anymore. It's not 1986, and I'm not 14 anymore. But listening to the Bon Jovi channel for the last few days has evoked some memories. And I've had a chance to listen to some of the more current Bon Jovi fare. Yep, more sappy ballads for me. There's probably only so many Bon Jovi songs out there, so I've heard "Blaze of Glory" three or four times already as well as "Bed of Roses." But I could probably not tire too much of those songs.

Speaking of songs that most everyone in my generation probably remembers, the Southwest Minnesota State University theater department is putting on "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" the next two weekends in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. When I got to the show's rehearsal Monday night, the actors were ready to launch into "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly." I wasn't sure I remembered that one, but as soon as the first few words were sung, I definitely recalled that one. The first run of Schoolhouse Rock was between 1973-1985, and there was a revival of sorts in the early 1990s. Altogether, there were more than 60 of these memorable numbers that taught us how to multiply, use an adverb correctly or how a bill was passed. These short, quick educational cartoons were roughly three minutes long, but you find yourself humming along after awhile. Now if I can only get "Conjunction Junction" out of my head.

Tonight and Sunday, the Marshall Area Stage Company is performing the dark thriller "Wait Until Dark" at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Most may be familiar with the movie that gave Audrey Hepburn an Oscar nomination for best actress for her portrayal of blind housewife Susy Hendrix. Em Woodrow, who's playing Susy in MASC's production of the stage play version, said it's "big shoes to fill" in taking on a role made famous by Hepburn. If suspense is what you're looking for, check it out. BTW, tonight is dinner theater and Sunday is dessert theater.

There's a few other shows coming down the line in the next month or so. "Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors" will be April 12-14 and April 19-21, at the Lake Benton Opera House. The SMSU drama club is doing "The Lottery" April 25-28. Marshall High School is taking on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" May 2-5.



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