Author: John Van Kirk
Keyboard man Jack Voss spends his evenings in the relative sanctuary of the clubs, playing jazz standards on the piano and occasionally singing some of the songs that made him famous. His 1974 rock opera, The Enchanted Pond, catapulted his band, Vossimilitude, into the stratosphere of rock superstardom. Later, solo albums earned him a reputation as a musician's musician. Reverence for his genius led his shortcomings--as a husband, father, and friend--to be forgiven, or at least overlooked. But when his life of comparative comfort and solitude is rocked by a devastating personal loss, Voss is led back to The Enchanted Pond. The story of an ill-fated love triangle based on the tense relations between Voss, his childhood girlfriend Avery, and Vossimilitude's dangerous and charismatic bassist, Hal Proteus, Voss's masterpiece set him on a path to this day of reckoning. To endure, he must confront the tragic consequences of his self-absorption on the only firm ground left him: the piano. With the sure, unsentimental narrative command of writers like Richard Russo and Jonathan Franzen, John Van Kirk has brought to life in Song for Chance not just a fallen rock god, but--with the help of liner notes, bonus tracks, and the complete Voss discography--the whole sex, drugs, and rock and roll era with an immediacy so recognizable that it feels like yesterday.
Author: Hilary Grist
A fresh, original project that will appeal to young parents who are fans of musical artists Feist or Norah Jones Ira and Isabelle, who live in a little red house by the sea, decide one night to escape the sound of the city's beeping cars and sail off to a faraway land where they learn from a new friend—a robin with a soft voice—that dreams really can come true. The book contains an audio CD that features the narrated story as well as 10 original heartwarming dream songs, and an ethereal rendition of Johannes Brahms' classic “Cradle Song.”
Author: Michael Whorf
In this volume, 39 of the legendary composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s through the 1950s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the mid-1970s, they include such giants as Harold Arlen, Eubie Blake, Cy Coleman, George Duning, Sammy Fain, Jerry Herman, Bronislaw Kaper, Henry Mancini, David Rose, Arthur Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Jimmie Van Heusen, Harry Warren, Richard Whiting, and Meredith Willson. Photographs and rare sheet music reproductions accompany the int.
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
From the bestselling author of Just Remember to Breathe Everyone should have something to rebel against. Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he's still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn't ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success. Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy. When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.
Author: Charlie P. Johnston
Publisher: Johnston Publications
Do you need luck by your side to have great success? Many feel that good and bad luck are active powers influencing life! Johnston says No Way! Life is never influenced by luck. His book: * Alerts people to luck¡¦s idola- trous nature.* Proves that luck is not a source of prosperity. * Takes the romance out of destiny¡¦s meaning. * Eradicates beliefs about luck, chance, fate and fortune.* Teaches the tremendous value of separating truth from error and how to do it! * Explains in vivid detail the origin and development of luck¡¦s meaning, pinpointing its beginning.* Shows how a Roman goddess named Fortuna established the modern meaning of fortune and how luck became a lady.Deceiving beliefs and teachings about luck, fate, destiny, lot, fortune and chance abound worldwide. After reading Johnston¡¦s book, no one need fall prey to these cleverly devised concepts with their crafty meanings.
Author: Miriam Packer
Publisher: Guernica Editions
"Song for My Father" dramatises the complex losses in the life of a child whose parents fail to protect her from their own rage and sense of failure. The novel's rhythms are at times deliberately fragmented and halting, mirroring the broken and hesitant spirit of its narrator. Helpless in the face of her parents' battles, Sarah turns to fantasy for escape. Their persistent conflicts, however, continue to shape her responses to life As an adult, she unconsciously engineers the collapse of any chance for personal happiness. Ironically, it is a sudden mysterious and traumatic disappearance which saves' the protagonist. This major crisis proves to be the catalyst for a liberating epiphany and healing catharsis, and the final flight from darkness.
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she finds her destiny. Swept into an idyllic world of mountains, music, eccentric teachers and wayward children, Ellen brings order and joy to all around her. But it's the handsome, mysterious gardener, Marek, who intrigues her - Marek, who has a dangerous secret. As Hitler's troops spread across Europe, Ellen has promises to keep, even if they mean she must sacrifice her future happiness . . . A Song for Summer is an unforgettable love story from Eva Ibbotson, the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan.
Author: Mary Haskell Curtis
Publisher: Open Road Media
Using her stunning looks and hypnotically beautiful voice, Marcy Hanson achieved success beyond what she had imagined. But Dirk's charm pervaded her thoughts, leaving her paralyzed by love. Dirk, back to reclaim his love, bursts back into Marcy's life as disruptively as he left, but he brings more than flowers and the promise of romance. He brings a choice: his love for her or her love for music. Now Marcy must choose what part of her heart to follow. Which will she give up?
Author: John Reed
Publisher: Melville House
This unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a controversial parable about September 11th by one of fiction’s most inventive and provocative writers Written in 14 days shortly after the September 11th attacks, Snowball’s Chance is an outrageous and unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in which exiled pig Snowball returns to the farm, takes charge, and implements a new world order of untrammeled capitalism. Orwell’s “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” has morphed into the new rallying cry: “All animals are born equal—what they become is their own affair.” A brilliant political satire and literary parody, John Reed’s Snowball’s Chance caused an uproar on publication in 2002, denounced by Christopher Hitchens, and barely dodging a lawsuit from the Orwell estate. Now, a decade later, with America in wars on many fronts, readers can judge anew the visionary truth of Reed’s satirical masterpiece. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Julia Osborne
Publisher: ETT Imprint
She'd always imagined her song for Emilia would quietly develop, and one day she would sit at her piano or the desk, take a blank music sheet, and begin the first sweet bars. It did not begin like that... It's 1964 and Sandra turns 19. She is studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and playing piano with fellow student Billy at a jazz club. She wonders if she's still in love with Nick but he is far away, having left university to help his father on the family property during the drought. A letter comes from best friend Emilia that shatters their bond, and Sandra's long-promised 'Song for Emilia' becomes a storm of hatred and love for her oldest friend.
Author: Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper—a copy of Psalm 23—as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures… Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays,“Please, let my life count.” Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational Marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures. With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this “intriguing…[and] inspiring read” (RT Book Reviews) will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.
Author: Jesse Cannon, Todd Thomas
Publisher: Jesse Cannon
How Do I Promote My Music On A Small Budget? How Do I Get My YouTube Videos to Spread? How Do I Turn Casual Fans Into One’s Who Buy From Me? How Do I Get Written About On Blogs? How Do I Increase Turnout At Shows? How Do I Make Fans Using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr And SoundCloud? With every day that passes, the power the major labels once had dies a little more. The chance to get the same exposure as your favorite musicians gets easier and easier. The hurdles that would only allow you to get popular, if the right people said your music was good enough, are gone. You can now get exposed to thousands of potential fans without investing 1% of what musicians used to by building a fanbase based on listeners love for your music. No more writing letters hoping that A&R writes you back. This book explains how you do it. While many books will tell you obvious information, legal mumbo-jumbo and marketing catchphrases that don’t help you get more fans. Our experience working with real bands - from upstarts like Man Overboard and Transit to legends like The Cure, The Misfits and Animal Collective, has led us to understand the insider tricks and ideas that go into some of the most important groups of our time. We produce records, do licensing deals, negotiate record contracts and get the musicians we work with written about on websites like Pitchfork and Vice. We have worked with bands who started off as nothing and became something. Unlike any other book written on the subject we have compiled the knowledge no one else has been willing to print in fear of obsoleting their own career. We give you thousands of ideas on how to get people to hear your music and turn them into fans who pay to support your music. Whether you are a label owner, musician, manager, booking agent or publicist there is information in this book that will help you do what you do better. Enjoy! For more information see GetMoreFansBook.com
Author: Paul Glynn, Shusaku Endo
Publisher: Ignatius Press
The story of Takashi Nagai, M.D., professor of radiology at the University of Nagasaki and survivor of the atomic bombing, and of his spiritual pilgrimage from Shintoism to atheistic rationalism, and finally to a Christian faith.
Author: Donette Read Kruger
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
The cornerstones of the DKG Brotherhood are Gavin Gatling, Kufa Siamkwari and Dominic LEstrange. At the height of the bush war, (Chimurenga II), without a word to his wife Leocardia, Kufa absconds over the border one night to join the Comrades only to return years later to die in the arms of his beloved. After years of procrastinating, Gavin finally agrees to adopt a child called Topaz Nyasha, but he does so on the proviso that no one ever discovers the identity of the infants biological mother. Because of this Shirley is convinced that her husband is the father, and for years she hides the details of his own birth from him, but will Monica, the maid, reveal the facts surrounding Gavins roots before the wind song blows the truth through the small fishing village on Lake Kariba? After Topaz turns 18, Dominic is astonished to learn that she is in fact the great granddaughter of tracker Elias Siamkwari and ivory hunter Sebastian LEstrange, but why should she inherit the gold Huguenot cross with its definitive pearl that symbolizes the Holy Spirit? In this suspense-filled saga set in the mystical Zambezi Valley, against Zimbabwes political background, the legacy of the Zambezi Wind Song is ultimately fulfilled.