Today, I'm happy to be part of the blog tour for Siobhan Curham's Finding Cherokee Brown. So without a further ado, here's a guest post from Siobhan about the musical inspiration behind the book...
The book is all about the power of words and how they can be used to transform your life for the better. Cherokee draws inspiration from the words of her literary heroines like Anne Frank, but also, when she is reunited with her absent rock musician father, she begins to realise how inspiring song lyrics can be.
I added this element to the book because music and song lyrics have always been so inspirational to me. I have favourite songs that I listen to when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I need more energy, and when I need to relax. But there is one song that has had a more powerful effect on me than any other, and that’s Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen.
I first heard this song when I was about fourteen years old and it was like listening to poetry put to music. Poetry about real life frustrations and the need to escape the place you grew up in. I could really relate to it at the time, and, once I started writing about Cherokee, I figured that she would get a lot from it too.
Writing about Cherokee’s growing love for Bruce Springsteen was a lot of fun – and it was great to be able to pay tribute to him in this way. His songs have had such a positive effect on me throughout my life – and some of the most magical times of my life have been seeing him live in his epic concerts. Trying to recapture that magic through Cherokee’s eyes was like reliving it all over again. I never normally listen to music when I write, but during the writing of Finding Cherokee Brown I had Bruce Springsteen playing pretty much non-stop.
Try checking out Thunder Road on Youtube. I hope it works the same magic for you as it did for me and Cherokee!
Thanks for stopping by, Siobhan!
About the Book:
His lips touched mine and for one split second the whole world stopped.
Then every cell in my body fizzed into life . . .
When I decided to write a book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I mean, who wants to read about someone like me?
But as soon as I started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!
Best of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen . . .
And be sure to check back for my review! It will be up within the next week or two! :)