Promises In The Dark

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This song by Pat Benatar was recorded on her third album from 1981 Precious Time which cracked the #1 spot on the US albums chart for a week, and helped establish Benatar as an ‘80s icon.  The single charted #38 in the US.  Benatar wrote this song with her guitarist and future husband Neil Giraldo.  Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and a four-time Grammy winner and she knew how to rock spandex.  During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’, ‘Love Is a Battlefield’, ‘We Belong’ and ‘Invincible’.  Pat won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance from 1980 to 1983.

In the spring of 1979, producer and writer, Mike Chapman, introduced Benatar to Neil Giraldo, a guitarist who began his career in 1978, as a key member of the Rick Derringer band.  Neil and Pat were married in 1982 in a cow pasture in Maui and they are still together 38 years later.  Giraldo began producing all of Benatar’s next albums.  Pat and Neil didn’t like to write songs about their personal relationship, because it just seemed awkward working together in the same band, but ‘Promises In The Dark’ was their first one.  Mick Mahan (bass) and Chris Ralles (drums) rounded out the band.  Pat started writing this song on an airplane and she slipped the words under the door of their music room in this little house they had, because she was so embarrassed about what she had written and she did not want to let Neil see the words face to face.

The song deals with trials and tribulations of past relationships and how they affect the one you’re in now.  ‘Promises In The Dark’ is about a woman who talks to herself and she feels that she is not ready to love again.  She had her heart broken so many times she doesn’t want it broken again.  She promises herself to never fall in love again.  She wants to keep up her guard so she does not kook kike she is acting foolish, but eventually she gives into her heart and tries love again.  She feels that she is “On the edge is where it seems it’s well worth the cost”, because of promises whispered in the dark.

Never again, isn’t that what you said?
You’ve been through this before
An’ you swore this time you’d think with your head
No one, would ever have you again
And if taking was gonna get done
You’d decide where and when
Just when you think you got it down
Your heart securely tied and bound
They whisper, promises in the dark
Armed and ready, you fought love battles in the night
But too many opponents made you weary of the fight
Blinded by passion, you foolishly let someone in
All the warnings went off in your head
Still you had to give in
Just when you think you got it down
Resistance nowhere to be found
They whisper, promises in the dark
But promises, you know what they’re for
It sounds so convincing, but you heard it before
‘Cause talk is cheap and you gotta be sure
And so you put up your guard
And you try to be hard
But your heart says try again
You desperately search for a way to conquer the fear
No line of attack has been planned to fight back the tears
Where brave and restless dreams are both won and lost
On the edge is where it seems it’s well worth the cost
Just when you think you got it down
Your heart in pieces on the ground
They whisper, promises in the (one two three four)

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Pat Benatar song, or a song that is about choosing love over the fear of being hurt, that would work.  You might also go with a song that is about how past relationships affect new relationships.
The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about being embarrassed about something that you did, or something that you wrote.  If you want to write about a broken heart, that would be perfect, or write about another song that has the word “dark” in the title that would be perfect.

Dylan Hughes will be here on next Friday April 17 with her First Line Friday and everybody should check out this fun prompt challenge.  I will be back on Friday, April 24 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘(Fresh Air) Have Another Hit!’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.


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