My family was a musical family. Guitars, a few beers, and homemade rootbeers chilling on ice in the picnic coolers. Fire roaring in the backyard firepit, kids running around dribbling mustard and ketchup from their barbequed hot dogs, the dog yapping in the background begging to be untied and wanting to play, the tunes filling the air and dancers swaying or stomping to the music; another serious ya-hoo was about to commence. Grammas and Grampas tapped their feet while rocking in the rocking chair, infants and little ones cuddled up on their laps. My sisters sang and played their guitars, spoons, tambourines, and squeezebox right along with my brother’s guitar and my father’s harmonica, as they played and sang all of those old country and western songs, mixing in a few rock and roll, or blues songs when Mom wasn’t paying attention.
I miss those times. I miss my parent’s laughter and my grandparent’s warmth, but those memories will always be with me. I just wished that I had a way to bring my memories out of my mind and into films to share with everyone. I suppose that’s why I write books now; using words to paint the pictures that float in my mind with fond emotion or tragedy. Life in a big family – eleven children from one couple – it was a hard life, and we were not well-off, but the love that filled our home, never held any bounds or limits. We always had good food, a warm bed, clean clothes, a few toys to share in play, hugs, laughter, and my parent’s hand of discipline was always fair and just.
I grew up listening to my brother singing songs by Merryl Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Chris Christopherson, and George Thorogood, and so many other great musical artists. My sisters sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Anne Murray, Dolly Pardon, Reba McEntire, Rita Coolidge, and so many others. Country music was the chosen genre. To this day country music is a very real part of my life. I enjoy songs that tell a story, a tale or offer advice, insight, or tell of a lesson and experience. Today, my imagination can run rampant with ideas as scenes flash in my mind while listening to certain songs, songs that bring you back in time when men made promises and women worked alongside their men to create a life of stability, honor, and truth. I gain inspiration, insight, knowledge, and receive the advice offered while listening to the past music world that I grew up in. We were poor, but we had love.
Even today, in the state of our current world, these musical greats and their vocals tell it like it is.
Looking for music for your book trailer, or perhaps just wanting to listen to something new? Here are the best websites that I’ve come across so far, for both free and paid music. Every genre under the stars, you’re bound to find that perfect tune. I love music, it inspires me in my writing, and I’m forever searching for that one song that will make my stories and thoughts come alive with emotion. Feel the beat, and go for a listen. If you know of a great music website that I haven’t listed yet, please contact me.
Touching, emotional, and dedicated to home, country, family, and peace – war is inevitable – things must get worse before things can get better. For one family the loss is far too great a burden. They must find the young soldier in the heart of battle, and send him home – three of his brothers have fallen, and his parents need him home. Tom Hanks best film, his heart was visible upon his sleeve as he portrayed the seriousness of the matter – amen. May God keep His soldiers forever in peace.
A must for anyone who appreciates musical words. This book of poetry … every poem is a song of the spirit and soul. Canadian born and raised, Richard Doey is a genius when it comes to writing poetry about love, in all of its forms. His work is dark, deep, metaphorical, beautiful and utterly breathtaking. This simple book of poetry contains no image visuals, bringing the reader deep into the text, forcing the imagination to work the words into visions so profound, you’ll be left with a feeling of awe. He writes of love, honesty, honorability, emotional pain and heartache, gifts and abundance regarding life and love. For the free and insightful deep thinkers, this book will bring you into your own heart and soul, until you see yourself for who you really are.
Few stories captivate me so, that I cry. The agony and fear, the desire and lust for music, this young man was not just gifted with music he was blessed with it. A story so deep and dark, you have to put everything else aside in your life to read this book – you can’t put it down because you have to know … “Will he survive?” Next to Schindlers List, The Pianist is second to none when it comes to the era of Jewish suppression and German warfare – their fear was as real as the music that sings from the keys of his piano. Fascinating! Brilliant! Remarkable!