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October Song: A Memoir of Music and the Journey of Time Paperback – April 28, 2017
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October Song is a beautifully authentic memoir that reminds us there are no limits on dreams, creativity is boundless and nothing in life is finite when we let go of our self-imposed rules. --Michelle Burwell, Windy City Reviews
October Song is about and for all who wonder if it's too late to follow a dream. Through his easy conversational tone, David W. Berner shares his heart and soul as if we were curled up together, sipping hot chocolate in front of a fireplace. Like a favorite song, that warm fuzzy feeling lingers on well after the story is done. (Viga Boland, author of No Tears for My Father)
With his gift of a no-holds-barred writing style―raw, honest, confessional―Berner succeeds, once again, as a master storyteller. Music can tell the story of our past. Lyrics evoke memories; melodies make the heart thump like it did on a first date. October Song brings the reader through a mix tape of life, as Berner tells his tale of new love while traveling through landscapes and time. Each chapter reads like a beloved song. (Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, author of Lines)
October Song strikes all the right chords; the high notes and the low notes of a life's journey―the losses, the lessons, the loves. Composed with tenderness and affection, Berner's heartfelt and ultimately life-affirming joy ride teaches us that you're never too old to roll down the window, crank it up and belt it out. (Randy Richardson, author of Cheeseland, Lost in the Ivy)
About the Author
David W. Berner is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, whose career honors include the position of Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. He lives outside Chicago, Illinois.
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The author’s taste in music is diverse, and I was happy to see I recognized many of the songs and bands he talked about. For nothing is more dull and disappointing than reading a book that concentrates on music where you recognize little or none of the author’s favorites. My only major disagreement with what he wrote about music is his statement, early on in the book, that America had a good first album and then “turned lame and sappy”. Au contraire, their first album was good, but so were other albums they did, particularly Hearts (US Internet Release) and Hat Trick. Moreover, America’s song lyrics appeal to me more than Mr. Berner’s song lyrics, included in this book. His lyrics are too poetic for my tastes. The song he entered in the contest is not one I would listen to more than once. Nevertheless, you don’t have to like the author’s song to like his memoir and self-reflections.
(Note: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.)
A brief look at the plot: You have David W. Berner, who is 57 years old, but in his early days (what he calls the vinyl era) he played rock n roll in a neighborhood garage band. He enters a national songwriting contest and quite unexpectedly is named a finalist.
But that’s not the half of it, David is called on to perform the song live at a storied venue for Americana music. Grabbing his old guitar and the love of his life, David hits the road, hoping to live out a musical fantasy he thought had been buried long ago.
I loved: the road trip and the trip down memory lane.
I related to: his account of his first love, Michelle, who simply left him a note in his locker saying they couldn’t be and she moved, well…if Michelle’s reading this simple heart felt review, ‘Woman! Please text or email, or tweet David and say hi :-)’ You can go the extra mile and buy a copy of his book and look for him to autograph it!
If you are not into music, this book would demand quite some attention of you, and I reckon that’s the down side, but I’m not saying you stop at that, read on because of how easy it is to connect to David’s humor, fears and most of all the way he gets excited when he’s got the chance to do something he always wanted.
Memoirs as reflections of lives lived, decisions made and lessons learned are not so easy to rate, but for the fact that this book is about never giving up on dreams and taking the chance to realize a dream you’ve always had, it gets four stars!
It has also persuaded me to listen to Bob Dylan, I don’t know what I’ll experience listening to his songs, but it’s definitely worth a try.