I’m working on Stalemate again. Val and I have been meeting with two close friends for a critique group every couple of weeks and we have been breaking it down, chapter by chapter. It has taken on a life of its own and I am very grateful for the feedback. It has also been a small thrill as a writer to see them interested and on the edge of their seats ever so slightly meeting after meeting.
One of the most emotional scenes in the book just came to life for me. I found the scene’s soundtrack and it transformed everything, as music often does. To say Ludovico Einaudi was one of my muses would not be an understatement…
I put the headset on my husband’s ears and asked him to read the scene. Part way through he put his hand over his mouth, moved, eyes tearing.
This is what I wanted. This is how I wanted the reader to feel. I’m happy.
My family and I first found Rising Appalachia during our first First Friday Art Walk and I was hooked. The energy and vision of their music is invigorating, but it’s their soul and their joy that really makes it beautiful. I found this and had to share.
I’m also a sucker for trains (and am long overdue for a train ride) and jam sessions.
PS – I also took this video while we were there. I had a longer one on my GoPro, but it seems to have eaten it. If I can recover it I’ll post it.
I found this on Swiss Miss this morning via Kickstarter and I actually cried. I think this is one of the most wonderful projects that I have seen in a long time. The sheer beauty and simplicity of it is overwhelming.
The song is Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. You can hear Celtic Woman performing it live here.
I have had the pleasure of working with Tom Jordan of Meantooth Grin for some time now and am thrilled to introduce you to the band. Deservedly, Meantooth Grin won the People’s Choice WAMI last year for Best Blues Band of 2010. Their music has a depth and soul to it that I really enjoy so I encourage you to check them out. You can Like them on Facebook and check out their new song Insomnia on ReverbNation. It will play automatically when it loads so make sure you turn your volume up!