I just wanted to remind you all that I’m still around. As the summer closed out I had my head into various projects, which included working through the mire of my new novel The Orphans of The Creek as well as picking up guitar again for the first time in a while.
Most of you probably don’t know that before I became an author I was an aspiring musician. My 1997 album Roadfood didn’t really go anywhere and I hung it up a few years after, opting to go to college and seek more gainful employment. But I never really got the bug out of my system and have lately returned home (or at least began an extended visit) to my musical roots. It seemed the break did me some good; I’m enjoying it more than ever!
I just passed though my local HMV and checked out the new ‘Beatles: Rock Band’ game. It looks like fun and I love the music but I passed on it. I think that the time people spend on ‘Rock Band’ games would be better served learning an actual instrument. For although ‘Rock Band’ fulfills whatever starry aspirations its fan base has, nothing massages the soul like expressing yourself through playing live.
And that’s because music comes from the soul. Not a computer chip.
Richard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.
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