Friday, February 14, 2020

Where we are

Did You Ever See Allegro? Is back from my editor, and what I thought would be the equivalent of painting a couple of rooms has turned into restoration after a major fire. She’s absolutely right, I’ve got to add a lot of information, and at the same time make the whole book shorter. I had been shooting for 95.000 words, hit 107,000, and I’m up another thousand with added material in the first ten pages. Three hundred pages to go. This will take a while.

In other news, I have three other projects:

Story of the lifelong friendship between two men, beginning when they meet in kindergarten in 1953. Their lives are displayed through the Cold War, stagflation, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Millennium, the Internet up to today. Gray and Ralph remain the best of friends, although their lives are shaped differently by events and choices. Working title: The Greatest of These.

Medical mystery starring late sixties podiatrist Fran and equally aged dental surgeon Elvis. They accompany an even older internist on a medical mission to Africa and perform as general surgeons, hundreds of miles from the nearest hospitals in emergency conditions. The duo uncovers a sinister plot to weaponize a naturally-occurring substance in the human body. No working title.

First book of a new series on the Frankenbuzz Detective Agency. Two young men, one a mechanical prodigy, the other a survivalist, join forces to investigate stuffs and mysteries and crimes. Oh my. A good time will be had by all.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

New Pieces Underway

Did You Ever See Allegro? Is in the hands of Cassie, my editor, and I will await the outcome of her expert work. Hope to launch the book and the website, around April 2020.

Three pieces underway. First is a new nostalgia piece about lifetime friends who meet in kindergarten in 1953, live very different lives, but remain best friends into their seventies. They’ll be observing and commenting on the world around themselves. Working title is The Greatest of These.

Second is a new mystery series, Frankenbuzz Detective Agency. Frank and Buzz get to work as private eyes after Frank’s job as a de facto pimp and Buzz’s job as a B&E specialist come to unfortunate ends. Their first job is undercover on a luxury yacht.

Third is another nostalgia piece, this one taking The Trip to Helen Gawne's podiatrist and dental surgeon and sending them on their way to West Africa on a medical mission. It's headed by an internist who doesn't do surgery, so she uses these two as general surgeons, one cutting, the other handling anesthesia. Hey, you use the tools you have. Plenty of chances for them to remember the fifties and sixties of their youths.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Music that influenced the band members

The music that influenced the band members. Did You Ever See Allegro
It’s necessary to know that the band members were all born between 1947 and 1950, so their earliest influences were what their parents listed to. That was the big bands, musical theater, jazz and a whole lot of what today is called elevator music.
The 1950s were the age of rock and roll, but they didn’t start that way. R&B got its wider introduction in the early 1950s with pieces such as Tutti Fruitti and Maybelline. Simultaneously, the Blues broke out of the lower Mississippi Valley with Chuck Barry and Bo Diddley leaving the monochrome melancholy at the door, and drew interest. Ray Charles and Fats Domino were the leading creative forces.
Then were jazz and folk.
Have to recall one of my favorites, Doo-Wop.
Eventually, the white people made a contribution. ‘bout time if you ask me.

Rock and roll was a celebratory and revolutionary fusion of all of these, and more. Their parents hated it, which ensured the youngsters eagerly sought it out. It was called obscene, and Elvis was only shown from the waist up on television. The Beatles were shamed for their long hair. The Doors were censored for the line “couldn’t get much higher.” All of that is laughable when one considers what came afterwards. But, at the time, it wasn’t sex, drugs and rock and roll. It was sex and drugs are rock and roll.

To be continued …