Remember that song by Gordon Lightfoot? I’m listening to a musician’s interview, a musician I found on myspace named Barry McLoughlin. On his blog there is a link to a radio show that he's done recently. One of the songs he sings toward the beginning is that old Gordon Lightfoot song, “If You Could Read My Mind”. I’ve always loved that song.
If I could read your mind, love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take
Someone asked me the other day if I’d someday write about them/her, and they’d/she would be honored. She even wrote out a few paragraphs to inspire me, and when I tried to explain I can’t do that she was disappointed. It really bothered her a lot.
That quote from Lightfoot’s song reminds me of why this woman would want someone to write her story. Of course we all have a story that would inspire a novel like the kind a drug store sells. But, well, I don’t want to get sued. Look at the mess this guy who wrote A Million Little Pieces in, even Oprah is pissed. Fiction and non-fiction don’t mix well. That is hard to explain to that someone who doesn’t really know what the creative process is like for writers of fiction. I write stories that contain “a million little pieces” of my life, of the lives of people I have met. But, the whole is all fiction. And do I mean ALL fiction. I tried to tell her that, but even when I explained that my characters tend to be vampires and aliens from other planets she was still disappointed.
Back to the interview I'm listening to as I type...
I spent about 10 years doing quite the same thing that this musician describes for a “day job”, only in rural Alaskan communities rather than Canada. Kind of interesting that you can find people you have something in common with.
Half way through he also sings "Cats in the Cradle". Wow. He’s great. Another one of my favorite songs so this radio show is bringing back a lot of memories. Little boy blue and the man in the moon. Then his own song “Dance With Me” is beautiful.
Anyway, if you have a half-hour some time consider listening to the show.