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Major Inversions Paperback – August 7, 2009
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Something else to ponder: have you ever found yourself in a bar, you know the type, where there's a stage, and you're confused as to why this place even has a stage, but there is one nonetheless, and at some point in the evening, a group of guys step onto said stage looking like they took a time machine from somewhere in the nineteen-eighties to the present time and place and they start kicking out the jams from their aesthetically represented era? And everyone loves it? Yes. This is how it is. Everyone loves those songs. Those times, even. And these guys are most likely playing these songs better than their originators ever could. Have you, then, ever found yourself in such a place or situation? You probably have. More than that, though, is this: have you ever wondered who, exactly, these guys are, or what they look and act like off of the stage, out of the makeup and spandex and whigs? Well, once again, ladies and gentlemen, Gordon highland delivers. He takes us into that world. He shows who, exactly, these guys are. Specifically one Drew Ballard. And I feel that Mr. Highland is a bit too familiar with this world. So much so I find myself wondering if he maybe does have a closet full of leoprad print, stretch materials, lipstick, blush, and a questionable number whigs, carefully stored on model heads.
According to the jacket copy, Drew Ballard has the perfect girl. I'll go with that. I think I can rightly say I would not mind such a girlfriend. Thing is though, anyone who has it that good is bound to screw it up, right? Well, he does. And it's painful. Painful in that oh man, I know precisely how he feels/what he's going through kind of way. And it's not just his girl, either. It's his whole world.
So it hurts. But it's never not engaging. Major Inversions is at almost all times hilarious, and also full of heart and sincerity.
You know, I can't help but feel that Drew Ballard really is out there, somewhere, in some bar, on some stage, playing an all-too-familiar tune. Could be my city, could be yours. Chances are, you wouldn't even know it's him, but I bet you're singing along.
Profound is more accurate. The book starts out at a fast pace, due to my belief that the author was high on adderal at the time of this books writing. The further you listen to the semi coherent monologue the slower and more sober the story gets.
I am not saying slow as in boring but the pace of the reading slowes down and life is seen through less hazy eyes. The tone is truly that of a new millennium slacker ( A Term of Endearment). The daytime security guard, $15,000, a musician in a band - that plays whatever the client is willing to pay for, local Jingle writer, and drug redistributor, writes his narcissistic story of a life not liven but survived,
When a new roommate/dungeon master comments that Drew doesn't date much and suggests a hook up, with a girl said roommate knows. The addition of a regular XX chromosome into Drews life changes everything as Her father gets Drew a gig scoring a movie and Drew inturn uses his own band for some of the music.
So many connections, twists and turns, and all done at the speed of light. Taking a Valium to slow down the pace of the first 3/4 of this book would be advised if I was a doctor, but I am not.
To make it through to the abrupt end of this audiobook feels like an accomplishment, much like leaving rehab, you feel better but aren't a big fan of sharing the experience or recommending it to others.
If semi-coherent plot and some bad jingle singing is what your probation officer recommends then this is the book for you.
Perry Martin 5/13/14
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I really enjoyed this book, there were loads of twists and turns that I didn't see coming!Read more