If life is a tapestry, then music is the thread that weaves it together.

I’ve been listening to a lot of 60’s music lately, more specifically the British Invasion, for inspiration and to put me in the mindset to write about the 60’s. It constantly amazes me how music can act as a time machine of sorts and take me back to specific time, put me right in the memory.

For Echoes, the music has not only enabled me to get into the spirit of the 60’s, but it has added a texture that I can’t quite put my finger on. Also, the lyrics seem to embody the characters and the story line.

The more research I did for this book, the more music I listened to, the more they reinforce or, dare I say, ‘echo’ the essence of the book. Coincidence is too broad a term. One of my fellow writers from the Novel Approach course and one of my co-workers both threw out the term, intuition. Now I’m not sure I buy into that line of thinking, but it does have it’s merits. Maybe it’s just my own doubts about my abilities, or it’s because I feel I’m a ‘newbie’ and shouldn’t yet be painted in with the same brush that is used to describe real writers. 

So, I thank Herman’s Hermits, The Troggs, The Kinks, The Zombies and The Guess Who for providing the background on which my story plays out, both in Echoes and in real life.

About Dale Long

Writing ambushed me from the shadows. At first I pushed it aside as nonsense, but luckily my wife and two girls saw the potential. Since then I have had an article published by Metroland, placed as runner-up and in the top ten in humour writing contests and various other contests. The icing on the cake was placing as runner-up in the WCDR's Wicked Words contest (130 entries) and having my entry published in the contests anthology of the same name. My entry was an exerpt from my upcoming novel, Echoes.
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