RemembeRED: So, Do You Wanna Play?

July 19, 2011

I drive over to the party by myself.  I am totally okay with going alone.  It’s an acquaintance’s house,  and after putting and end to a long, unhealthily pointless relationship I feel independent.

I walk in well after dark, but the Texas heat still hangs heavy.  The “party” is more like a small gathering at best.  Five or six people sit around the low lit room thick with piney smoke.  As the first and only female to join the festivities, I can tell I am welcome.  I am handed a beer and introduced to those I don’t know.

A couple of the guys are absently strumming their guitars.  The host blurts out to his roommate, whom I had just met, “Hey, Scott- Carrie plays drums.”

My face turns red.

I play, but only with people I know.  People I have a comfort level with.  And I am by no means good.

He continues, “Yeah, ya’ll should get together and play sometime.”

Jeez, won’t he let up?

We both give a slight smile and say, “Sure, that’s be fun.”

I forget about it and lose myself in the evening.

Two days later, the phone rings.


“Hey Carrie, this is Scott.”

He wants me to play music with him. Tonight.

I have anatomy to go over, but I could go and just not stay out too late.

My heart races.

What if he is way better than I am?  I could embarrass myself!

I agree.

I load up the Civic.  I bring everything but the floor tom.

He greets me at the door to his office- a warehouse resembling the one in Office Space.

There is a small sound room we can use.

He is quiet, almost shy.

We start to play.

And it’s great.  We are totally compatible.  And we rock it.

“Let’s do it again next Sunday!”

“Yeah, okay!”

The next Sunday we get together again.  I can feel a change in the air.

I can feel the vibes.

We play, and we rock it.

“We should have dinner sometime.”

So we have dinner.

Which leads to a movie.

And more dinners.

And beers.

And snuggling under blankets.

And laughter and tears and loving embraces and a lot of drummer’s blisters.

And then a proposal.

And eleven years after the day we met, we’ve still got it.

The rhythm.

This post was inspired by a prompt from The Red Dress Club: Rhythm.


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13 Responses to RemembeRED: So, Do You Wanna Play?

  1. Karen @ Time Crafted on July 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Yup, you do have it! I enjoyed the rhythm here and I could feel the tempo pick up and dance. :> Stopping in from TRDC!


  2. Terry on July 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Sweet and lovely love story. Have to love a happy ending, complete with rhythm!


  3. Jackie on July 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    What a great story, and the rhythm- both in life and in art- fabulous!


  4. Galit Breen on July 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Aww- yay! What a fantastic love story!

    You so rocked the rhythm at the end and seriously? I lvoe tat you held your own with the drums!


  5. You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... on July 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    what a great story… love it. <3


  6. Mary on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Wow! I really enjoyed reading that. Well done! …. and it sounds like a match made in rock heaven!


  7. Thoughts Appear on July 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Awww…what a lovely story and intro to your blog!


  8. Kir on July 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    what a fantastic way to meet and marry. I loved every single word of this. It was melodic (I know…but it was!!!)

    this was just so “right”, thanks for sharing it.


  9. Joanie on July 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Love it!!!


  10. Chunky Mama on July 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Love this! 🙂


  11. Melissa Hicks on July 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Great post! I love it when you step out of your shell into awesome.


    thesweet Reply:

    My shell has some teeny cracks in it… working on it 🙂


  12. Heather O. on July 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    That’s a great story! I love it!


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