A very special anthology comes out today. It’s called STARRY-EYED – a collection of stories about the performing arts, interspersed with anecdotes from renowned artists and musicians and actors. Clay Aiken wrote the introduction, and one of the stories is mine. It’s titled “A Love Song,” although it might be more accurate to call the story a love letter . . . to the transformative power of music, and the way music can convey what words sometimes can’t.
I’m enormously proud of this story, and of the whole anthology. Kirkus gave it lovely review, and deemed it “worthy of applause.” Booklist has given it a starred review. I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a link to STARRY-EYED on Indiebound.
Finally, the publisher, Running Press, has offered to send a copy to one lucky reader of this blog (US / Canada only; giveaway ends on Monday, October 21). To enter, in a few words tell us about your favorite performance (either by you or by someone else). To start the ball rolling, here’s mine:
My favorite performance wasn’t a performance at all. It was the first time I conducted the Duke University Wind Symphony. Not everyone was completely attentive that day, but one of the second clarinetists made awesome eye-contact. She also happened to be the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. I went back and told my roommates about her. Coincidentally (as I found out later), she was telling her roommate about me at the exact same time. We started dating a week later. That was 17 years ago. She doesn’t play clarinet much these days, and I don’t conduct much, either. But we’ve been married for 12 years, and every day I thank my lucky stars that music brought us together.
(This is NOT what “A Love Song” is about, by the way. To find that out, you’ll need to read the anthology!)