While working on True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed, back in the early 2000s, the experience of interviewing musicians and attending their concerts inspired me to learn how to play guitar and write songs.
I didn’t take lessons. I didn’t even read any books, watch instructional DVDs or listen to CDs. I just figured out that those grids in music books represented a guitar neck and the dots showed where the fingers went. Miraculously, this turned out to be true. After laboring in futility for quite a while, I finally got it, and some musicians friends helped me get it better.
Now I’ve written about 40 songs and actually perform them in front of people from time to time. No telling how many snippets and choruses and verses are dilly-dallying around in my laptop, waiting to be completed.
The experience was instrumental in the writing and publication of my first novel, The Audacity of Dope. The most notable similarity between me and the protagonist, Riley Mansfield, is I wrote his songs. When I play music, I talk about the novel, and when I sign books, I play a few of Riley’s songs.
If you’re interested in having me perform my songs and/or sell my books, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.