Exclusive of my usual dose of Springsteen – and with Julie away for the week, I have been running through “The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle” more than a few times – I am really enjoying a few other albums. If you are looking for some new music, give these a try:
- “Soultime”, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – If you know me, you know I am in the bag for the Jukes. If CARD GAME were ever a movie, the Jukes would provide a big piece of the soundtrack, assuming I could afford them. Their latest, SOULTIME, is really one of my favorites. If you liked the 70’s Memphis-Chicago-Philly soul sound – real soul music, pick this one up. At 60 whatever, Southside’s voice is just perfect for these types of tunes.
- “Boy Crazy”, Lydia Loveless – This EP was actually released a few years back, but I was literally turned on to this woman a week or so ago when my buddy, “Downtown” Johnny Baldwin came by for a visit. Kind of country, kind of Stevie Nicks-ish, with a thread of punk for good measure Lydia Loveless plays the kind of music you could saddle up for hours and listen to in some Nashville or Memphis Honkytonk, but would work just as well in a theatre or another place like that. My porch, for example.
- “Motions”, Brittany Kennell – I fell for this woman’s voice about a year ago when some friends and I stumbled into a little out of the way venue in Nashville. Jack Daniels in hand, I sobered up quickly. A little pop? Yes. Folk? That too. Country? Most definitely. Her voice checks a lot of boxes, but doesn’t fit into just one. Could listen to her all night long. This new album, Motions, even includes a tune in French – “Dans Le Silence” –if I could speak french, I would likely say: être toujours mon Coeur! (I looked it up).
Writing CARD GAME was a ton of fun. Hard work, but I really enjoyed it. My second book, BECAUSE I HAD TO, came a lot easier, despite its more complicated characters and contemporary story lines. What I didn’t realize going in, however, was the amount of effort it would take to try to get CARD GAME out and to readers. Between all the shameless social media self promotion, book store events, and emails to people who were kind enough to put their names on my mailing list, it really has become a part time job. Thankfully, I don’t sleep much so after a full day in the divorce world, I usually spend my evenings pushing CARD GAME and writing my next story.
My favorite part of the process has unquestionably been the evenings that I have been able to spend with local book clubs and other groups, talking not only about CARD GAME and my own work, but also about what other books people are reading and enjoying. The free beer and bourbon doesn’t hurt either. I am looking forward to a few more book club events between now and the end of the year, while I hope to find a place in the market for “BECAUSE I HAD TO”.