On a sliding scale of musical ability we have: the violin maestro, one hit wonder popstars, people who love jazz, those who sing only in the shower, dogs and me.
Therefore my reading of Dream On, a book about a rock band trying to make it in England, was all a bit, “Huh? Really? Interesting…”
“Sprogged? Did he just say sprogged? Does that mean what I think it means? Really?”
I find heavy accents to be slightly befuddling, mildly amusing and completely endearing. After all, if a character doesn’t speak in a broad accent then in my mind it all comes out midwest states even if they are standing in the Kremlin the entire time.
“Wait -these people want to sing in front of hundreds of people? That’s not everyone’s worst nightmare? Huh?”
I’ve always known, in a clinical sense, that musicians are driven to make music. But reading a book that revolves around that fact made me truly recognize that this is a thing – even if it does confuse my brain more than a broad Scots accent.
“These people are all driven by entirely different things… interesting…”
By far my favorite aspect of the book was the variety of characters (and I do mean characters) and what motivated them into the music scene.
Would I recommend it? I feel I can safely say that if I, the one who has heard more musically inclined dogs than myself, find this book to be a fun and interesting read, anybody could enjoy it! Terry Tyler takes a cast and situation that has me personally befuddled and creates real people, living real lives trying to do what they love. Anybody, even me, can relate to that!
This honest review was given in return for a free copy of the book from its author.
I love the fact you are prepared to tackle books you wouldn’t perhaps normally try. Great you got the character accents and you didn’t get a book filled with Midwest American speakers.
Can’t miss the accents in this book, that’s for sure! 🙂
Ha ha, thanks for this, Jessie! I’m so pleased you liked it – it is, as Rosie pointed out in the list, VERY English. And now you know something about musicians – who says easy read type fiction doesn’t teach you stuff?? 😀 xx
That’s right! 🙂
Completely understand where you are coming from Jessie with the desire shown in this book for what would be a real life horror experience for me – getting on a stage *shudder*
Just the thought of a stage is terrifying. Actively wanting there to be tons of people in front of that stage – insane! Good thing I don’t have the music bug or I’d be in quite a quandary with that one! 🙂
Oh yes, me too – even the thought of public speaking terrifies me. I could NEVER do a book signing, even!
I feel your pain. I once worked with birds of prey doing educational programs for kids. The whole thing made me red faced, sweaty and I had a tendency to answer questions in a babbling inappropriate way. Yup, that’s right, I once told someone they could spit on a baby bird and the mom would still take them back. Which is true but still a bad idea. Me + audience = disaster!
Babbling – yeah, that kind of sums me up too. I bet they all went away saying, “Mum, did you know that if you spit on baby birds….??” 😀