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Discussion Club Intermediate: “Sweet Lorraine” by Fred Stobaugh

A Letter from Fred
“Sweet Lorraine”
 
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Vocabulary:
to get a feel for something - прочувствовать
entry – заявка на участие
carhop – официантка придорожного ресторана
timid - скромный
to upload - загружать
lo and behold – и вдруг! вот чудеса! подумать только
to pass away - умирать
heartwarming – радостный, приятный, душевный
contest - соревнование
to meet the criteria – соответствовать критериям
to misunderstand – недопонимать
for free - бесплатно
 
Complete the following sentences
  1. There is another song _______ - you have to upload a video and send the link to their email.
  2. We have just launched our "Finish me Story" competition and already got ten _______!
  3. You can watch this video online _______.
  4. When I was a teenager I used to work as a _______ to save up some money.
  5. She's really ______ - she must loosen up a bit and go out more often.
  6. We've received the letter from the President! _______!
  7. My grandfather _______ two years ago, he was very old.
  8. My children made a wonderful party for my birthday! It was really _______.
  9. I am afraid your entry doesn't _______ of our contest.
  10. I went to New York to _______ for the big city life and meet its crazy inhabitants.
  11. She is really upset, she thought I didn't like her new dress. She completely _______ me! I said I was not sure about the color only.
  12. Lady Gaga _______ her new video and it's a hit!
 
Answer the following questions
  1. Why did Green Shoe Studio decide to make this contest?
  2. Tell the story of Fred and Lorraine's love.
  3. Why was Fred's entry so special?
  4. What did Fred say in his letter?
  5. When an why did Fred write his song?
  6. What did Green Shoe Studio decide to do with Fred's song and why?
  7. Did Fred expect to get an answer from Jacob?
  8. Why was Jacob nervous about presenting Fred with the song?
  9. Did Fred like the song?
 
Express your opinion on the following quotations from the documentary
  1. We found that it [contest] was a good way that we can tie into the local community and really get a feel for the music that's going on around here.
  2. Our mission here is to change our community one dream at a time and what a better way to do it?
  3. It's not just lyrics anymore, it's bringing it to life.
  4. It's not that we're doing this for you. We're doing this together because music means so much to so many people.
  5. "I wish we could do all the good times over again, oh sweet Lorraine, life only goes round once but never again."
  6. It was wonderful 75 years, that often seems kinda unreal. But it was real, that's all I can say.
 
Discuss the following points
  1. Why did Green Shoe Studio do it for free? Do you believe in unselfishness of the people?
  2. Does music play an important part in your life? Is it important for people? Why? Are there things that can be expressed by music only?
  3. Do you believe in love? Do you think that there are many stories like Fred’s? Do you think it’s a rare thing?

"Sweet Lorraine"
by Fred Stobaugh

Oh Sweet Lorraine
I wish we could do
The good times
All over again
Oh Sweet Lorraine
Life only goes around Once
But never again
Oh Sweet Lorraine
I wish we could do
The good times
All over again
The good times, the good times, the good times
But the memories will always linger on
Oh sweet Lorraine no I don’t wanna move on
Oh, the memories will Always linger on
Oh sweet Lorraine that’s why I wrote you this song
Oh Sweet Lorraine
Life only goes around Once
But never again
Oh Sweet Lorraine
I wish we could do
The good times
All over again
The good times, the good times, the good times
All over again