#BlogTour A SONG FOR A NEW DAY by SARAH PINSKER #BookReview @HoZ_Books

Delighted to be with you today to share my thoughts as part of the blog tour for A SONG FOR A NEW DAY by SARAH PINSKER. My thanks to the author and publisher for letting me be part of it all!


ABOUT THE BOOK

An unnervingly prescient, Nebula-award-winning novel explores life in a world permanently locked down in the aftermath of a pandemic.

BEFORE

.Luce Cannon is on the road. Success is finally within her grasp: her songs are getting airtime; the venues she’s playing are getting larger. But mass shootings, bombings and now a strange contagion are closing America down around her. The gig Luce plays tonight will turn out to be the last-ever rock show as the world’s stadiums, arenas and concert halls go dark for good.

AFTER.

Rosemary is too young to remember the Before. She grew up, went to school and worksin the virtual world of Hoodspace. Working for StageHoloLive, which controls what is left of the music industry, her job is to find new talent, search out the illegal backroom jams and bring musicians into the Hoodspace holographic limelight they deserve. But when Rosemary sees how the world could actually be, that won’t be enough.


PRAISE FOR A SONG FOR A NEW DAY….

‘Sarah Pinsker has written a wonderful epic about music, community, and rediscovering the things that make us human’ Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky.

‘The combination of technothriller, rock-and-roll novel, and rebellion in a dystopian world make for a riveting, sweet, funny, angry, gorgeous read’ Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway.

‘A compelling book about the importance of music – and any sort of art – in a world where it seems like the least essential thing. This is an expertly drawn post-catastrophe world peopled by compassionately written characters’ Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Mercy.

‘An all-too plausible version of the apocalypse, rendered in such compelling prose that you won’t be able to put it down … A lively and hopeful look at how community and music and life goes on even in the middle of dark days and malevolent corporate shenanigans’ Kelly Link, author of Get it Trouble.

‘Woven through Pinsker’s meticulously crafted future of technology-enabled isolation and corporate-consumerist powerlessness is a stirring anthem against the politics of fear. A dazzling tale told in multiple voices, with not a single note out of place. This is the lyrical protest song that we have always needed, perhaps more so now than ever’ Ken Liu, author of Grace of Kings.

‘Cements Pinsker’s status as a rising star in the world of speculative fiction … A gorgeous novel that celebrates what can happen when one person raises her voice’ Kirkus.

‘This excellent debut novel by Nebula winner Pinsker establishes her as an astonishingly impressive writer of day-after-tomorrow SF … This tale of hope and passion is a remarkable achievement’ Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW*.

‘In A Song for a New Day, liberty and creative endeavour are compromised by political and socioeconomic reality. Pinsker presents a frighteningly real near-future US … Pinsker movingly charts Rosemary’s coming-of-age story as her world and Luce’s collide’ Guardian.

PUBLISHED BY HEAD OF ZEUS

PURCHASE LINK

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Pinskeris a singer, songwriter and author. Her short storieshave won the Nebula, Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick Awards.Currentlyfinishing her second novel and fourth album, she lives with her wife in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at Twitter and Author Website

MY REVIEW

Imagine a world in Lockdown! A world without live music!  After our experiences in 2020, this concept is our reality – hopefully for not much longer though! – and in this book it explores that life where people have to access a virtual world to ‘experience’ music.  For those brought up in the ‘lockdown’ world, they see this as a great invention, but for others who lived and worked in music beforehand, you just cannot beat the real thing of seeing concerts in the flesh and they try to bring back that world.

In the before world, Luce is just hitting the big time in music! Sell out concerts, music played on the radio – all her dreams are coming true! And then the world shuts down and her life is changed again. She struggles to find meaning in the world without music, so she’s driven underground.

For Rosemary, her only experience of ‘live music’ is online via the virtual world and she finds herself working for the company that has to search out new talent, so their ‘gigs’ can be put online for people to watch and pay for.  As she crossed the country she begins to get the buzz about ‘real music’ and she finds herself in the company of Luce and her new band and begins to understand why so many are unwilling to ‘sellout’.

I loved the passion and energy in this book.   It really captures that love people have for hearing live music and being part of a crowd in a room where the energy is electric. That cannot be replicated in the virtual world and Rosemary gets to see this for herself and changes her viewpoint of the company she is working for.  

This is a book that will resonate with so many of us after our experience of the past year – all that you worked for taken away from you just like that, and there’s nothing you can do about it! Be grateful for the humans who continue to create and won’t be silenced!!

★★★★ 

#Audiobookreview DAISY JONES AND THE SIX by TAYLOR JENKINS REID

ABOUT THE BOOK


audio length – 9 hours, 3 minutes

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Cast List: Daisy Jones, read by Jennifer Beals; Billy Dunne, read by Pablo Schreiber; Graham Dunne, read by Benjamin Bratt; Eddie Loving, read by Fred Berman; Warren Rhodes, read by Ari Fliakos; Karen Karen, read by Judy Greer; Camila Dunne, read by January LaVoy; Simone Jackson, read by Robinne Lee; Narrator/Author, read by Julia Whelan; Jim Blades, read by Jonathan Davis; Rod Reyes, read by Henry Leyva; Artie Snyder, read by Oliver Wyman; Elaine Chang, read by Nancy Wu; Freddie Mendoza, read by P.J. Ochlan; Nick Harris, read by Arthur Bishop; Jonah Berg, read by Holter Graham; Greg McGuinness, read by Brendan Wayne; Pete Loving, read by Pete Larkin; Wyatt Stone, read by Alex Jenkins Reid; Hank Allen, read by Robert Petkoff; Opal Cunningham, read by Sara Arrington 

MY REVIEW

Did I love this book when I read it back in 2019? YES YES YES!!

my review back then…..

I don’t know how the author has done it but she convinced me within a few pages that we were looking back at real people and the experiences during the 1970’s and the music business… and I adored every blooming minute of it and just want to read more, and buy merchandise!!! Where are the CD’s? The t-shirts?! I want them all!!

It’s a very simple story – sex and drugs and rock’n’roll! The fame, the glamour and all the good and bad that follows! Daisy Jones is a young girl who has forever chased affection, seeing as she never got any from her self absorbed parents. She drifts from one thing to another and starts to build up a profile – she’s stunning too so that always helps her get away with more than she should!

And when her path crosses with the band The Six, super-stardom is soon on their doorstep and while it may seem a dream to many of us, it often turns into a bit of a nightmare and we get to look back on the highs and lows of their careers in a cleverly told story that reads like a magazine interview, with various viewpoints chipping in with their recollections of different times during the years and it’s a great way to tell the story.

Daisy is such a different character to the others in the band, so it’s fascinating to see their stories alongside her. While many are happy just to be in the background, the main man of The Six is dealing with his own addictions and issues and he and Daisy make for the main focus of the story and all the headlines the band receive with their clashing personalities and outlooks on how the band should go forward.

I really couldn’t put this down once I had started it and I’m already eager to pick it up again and enjoy it all over again!! READ THIS BOOK!!

Do I love it even more now I’ve listened to the audioversion?! HELL YES!!

There concludes my review….. haha!! 

This was brilliantly brought to life by all the narrators and just felt like you were listening to a rockumentary on the radio as the evolution of Daisy Jones and The Six is brought to life in all its’ glory!  The spirit of each character comes across wonderfully well in audio version and makes them feel even more real! Are you sure they weren’t a real band?!

If you haven’t read this book yet, then I highly recommend giving the audiobook a listen! The cast capture it perfectly!!

★★★★★

#MusicMonday ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS NEW YEAR’S DAY by HURTS

Happy Music Monday and Merry Christmas to you all! Time for a bit of music for the tag hosted by Drew at THE TATTOOED BOOK GEEK , a weekly chance to share some songs and videos!
And I’ve gone festive this week! With a song that sums up my thoughts towards this Christmas… hurry up and be over already!! I think this is the least festive I’ve ever felt and I’ll be a happy bunny when this year is over and done with!! Cheery soul aren’t I!?

Everybody waits for Christmas
For me it’s New Year’s Day
That’s gonna come and take my blues away

I’m wishing on the stars for Christmas
And hoping for a better day
When it doesn’t hurts to feel this way

And everywhere there’s joy around this
First day of time of year
And happiness has never felt so far away

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
I’m singing Goodbye to the year before
I know that the next one will be different – soo much more

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
And I’m not supposed to feel this way
All that I want this year for Christmas is New Year’s Day

It’s only seven days ’till Christmas
Six more ’till New Year’s Day
It’s not a good time to feel this way

Everywhere the snow surrounds you
And melt your troubles away
I can only hope to feel the same

I know that there will be tidings of joy
This time next year
But happiness has never felt so far away

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
I’m singing Goodbye to the year before
I know that the next one will be different – soo much more

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
And I’m not supposed to feel this way
All that I want this year for Christmas is New Year’s Day

I remember how I used to feel at Christmas

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
I’m singing Goodbye to the year before
I know that the next one will be different – soo much more

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
And I’m not supposed to feel this way
All that I want this year for Christmas is New Year’s Day

All of the bells ringing out for Christmas
And I’m not supposed to feel this way
All that I want this year for Christmas is New Year’s Da

yAll of the bells ringing out for Christmas
And I’m not supposed to feel this way
All that I want this year for Christmas is New Year’s Day

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Hutchcraft Theo / Anderson AdamAll I Want for Christmas Is New Year’s Day lyrics © Emi Music Publishing Ltd

#MusicMonday Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Monday again already?! The only positive thing that means is time for more music!  This is a weekly tag hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek where you get to share a favourite song or video! Come join in the fun!!
Back to the 90’s for me today and Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry – Neneh’s brother!! This video always makes me smile too with him playing all the characters! Saved on the budget!!

Go on and close the curtains
Cause all we need is candlelight
You and me, and a bottle of wine
To hold you tonight (oh yeah)
Well we know I’m going away
And how I wish, I wish it weren’t so
So take this wine and drink with me
And let’s delay our misery

Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone

There’s a log on the fire
And it burns like me for you
Tomorrow comes with one desire
To take me away (oh it’s true)
It ain’t easy to say good-bye
Darlin’ please, don’t start to cry
Cause girl you know I’ve got to go (oh)
And Lord I wish it wasn’t so

Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone

Tomorrow comes to take me away
I wish that I, that I could stay
But girl you know I’ve got to go (oh)
And Lord I wish it wasn’t so

Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Save tonight and fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone
Tomorrow I’ll be gone
Tomorrow I’ll be gone
Tomorrow I’ll be gone
Tomorrow I’ll be gone

Save tonight
Save tonight
Save tonight
Save tonight
Oh that’s right
Save tonight
Save tonight

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Eagle Eye Cherry

Save Tonight lyrics © Diesel 2 Publishing & Management Ab, Kobalt Music Scandinavia Ab

#BookReview PRINCE by MARIA ISABEL SANCHEZ VEGARA

ABOUT THE BOOK


In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Prince, one of the most iconic performers in music history.

From a young age, Prince was obsessed with music. Even though he couldn’t read it, his talent—whether on piano, drums, guitar, or vocals—turned him into an icon. Combining funk, disco, soul, and almost every other genre out there, his songs are some of the best-loved all around the world. Prince knew that he didn’t have to be like anyone else to be a star—and there was no one quite like Prince. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the music legend’s life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS! 


PUBLISHED BY FRANCES LINCOLN CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PUBLICATION DATE – 5TH JANUARY 2021


PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon
hive.co.uk


MY REVIEW


What a lovely little book! As a big Prince fan, it was lovely to see his life explained in this way to reach a new generation and show his journey into music


Full of wonderfully colourful illustrations, it’s a great look at the man behind the symbol! From his childhood to his introduction to music and how he made it big.  I’d never seen this series of books before but I’m now interested to read more as I think they’re such a great way of learning about important names in a variety of fields.  


It’s full of positive messages about working hard for your dreams and will be inspiring for littlies all over the world!!


★★★★★

My thanks to Netgalley for the advanced e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Is it Monday again already?! Racing through them now aren’t we!! And I love Mondays now because of Music Monday – a weekly tag hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, and it’s a weekly chance to share some favourite tunes and videos!

I seem to have fallen down an Eighties movie rabbit hole recently, and that’s what I’m sharing again today! Pretty in Pink by Psychedelic Furs!! Turn it up!!!

Caroline laughs and it’s raining all day
She loves to be one of the girls
She lives in the place in the side of our lives
Where nothing is ever put straight
She turns her self round and she smiles and she says
“This is it that’s the end of the joke”
And loses herself in her dreaming and sleep
And her lovers walk through in their coaches

Pretty in pink, isn’t she?
Pretty in pink, isn’t she?

All of her lovers all talk of her notes
And the flowers that they never sent
And wasn’t she easy?
Isn’t she pretty in pink?
The one who insists he was first in the line
Is the last to remember her name
He’s walking around in this dress that she wore
She is gone but the joke’s the same

Pretty in pink, isn’t she?
Pretty in pink, isn’t she?

Caroline talks to you softly sometimes
She says, “I love you” and “Too much”
She doesn’t have anything you want to steal
Well nothing you can touch
She waves, she buttons your shirt
The traffic is waiting outside
She hands you this coat
She gives you her clothes
These cars collide

Pretty in pink, isn’t she?
Pretty in pink, isn’t she?

All their favorite rags are worn
And other kinds of uniform
Kitty, you’re really free like individuality
You are what you want to be
Until tomorrow the driveway’s broken
His doorbell sings its chimes
In time with what and for who
God knows why I tried this
Vicious drug and I shake

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: T. Butler / John Ashton / Duncan Kilburn / Roger Morris / R. Butler / Vince Ely

#MusicMonday Will You? by Hazel O’Connor

Hello! Happy Monday!! Time for more tunes! This is a weekly tag hosted by Drew over at THE TATTOOED BOOK GEEK which gives you the chance to share a favourite song or video!
Another walk down memory lane for me today and back to the eighties as this came up on a random playlist the other day  – Will You? by Hazel O’Connor! Check out the sax solo!! Not sure I’ll be copying her make-up though….

You drink your coffee and I sip my tea
And we’re sitting here
Playing so cool
Thinking what will be, will beBut it’s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you’ll stay now
Stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?I move a little closer to you
Not knowing quite what to do
And I’m feeling all fingers and thumbs
Spill my tea, oh, silly me

But it’s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you’ll stay now
Stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

And then we touch
Much too much
This moment has been
Waiting for a long, long time

Makes me shiver, makes me quiver
This moment I’m so unsure
This moment I’ve waited for
Is it something you’ve been waiting for
Waiting for too?

Take off your eyes, bare your soul
Gather me to you and make me whole
Tell me your secrets, sing me the song
Sing it to me in the silent tongue

But it’s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you’ll stay now
Stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Hazel O’connor

Will You? lyrics © Complete Music Ltd.

#MusicMonday ETTA JAMES – I’d Rather Go Blind

Here we go again! Time to get the week off to a good start with some choons!!  This is a weekly tag, hosted by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek to share a favourite song or video!!


A classic for me this week – I never get bored of listening to her voice! Etta James and I’d Rather Go Blind – the live version from 1975!

Something told me it was over
When I saw you and her talking
Something deep down in my soul said, “Cry Girl”
When I saw you and that girl, walking out

I would rather, I would rather go blind boy
Than to see you, walk away from me child, and all
So you see, I love you so much
That I don’t want to watch you leave me baby
Most of all, I just don’t, I just don’t want to be free no

I was just, I was just, I was just sitting here thinking
Of your kisses and your warm embrace, yeah
When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now baby
Revealed the tears that was on my face, yeah

And baby, baby, I would rather, I would rather be blind boy
Than to see you walk away, see you walk away from me, yeah
Baby, baby, baby, I’d rather be blind now

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Ellington Jordan / Billy Foster

I’d Rather Go Blind lyrics © Arc Music Corp., Arc Music, Bmg Platinum Songs Obo Arc Music Corp, Arc Music Corp

#MusicMonday DIAMONDS by BOXER REBELLION

Happy Monday! Bring on the music!!


This is a weekly tag hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek to give you a chance to share a favourite song or video to help get the week off to a good start!!


My choice this week is Diamonds by Boxer Rebellion!!

Pretty little thing did you feel something
Did you always want me to be something
To mend a broken a heart
From a Devil of shallow nonsense
Turned your world upside downWhatever said that it’d mean something
Whatever said that it’d mean nothing
And did I look the part
When it’s all said and done
When it’s all said and doneI’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blameI’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blameNever wanna hide the truth from you
Just hang my head what I put you through
I wasn’t good enough
When what’s done is done love
When it’s all said and doneBut I’mNo good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame’Cause I fall away
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever wasI’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blameI’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame’Cause I fall away
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever wasI have no words

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Adam Harrison / Piers John Towler Hewitt / Todd William Howe / Nathan Ward Nicholson

Diamonds lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, BMG Rights Management

#MusicMonday GOO GOO DOLLS – AUTUMN LEAVES

Hello and Happy Monday! Time for music to get the week off to a good start! This is a weekly tag hosted by Drew over at THE TATTOOED BOOK GEEK giving us a chance to share some songs and videos.

And my choice this week is topical with the changing seasons! Autumn Leaves by Goo Goo Dolls!! Such a lovely video too!

In the trees
The autumn breeze
The winter’s cold
But summer’s soul is underneath

The sun is low
The heavy sky
I sometimes watch it
‘Till it sinks below the tide

So I wait
So I wait

The sun is low
The heavy sky
I sometimes watch it
‘Till it sinks below the tide

Life is change
We move on
And where you go
I hope the summer goes along

So I wait
And I wait

And in the trees
The autumn breeze
The winter’s cold
But summer’s soul is underneath

The sun is low
The heavy sky
I sometimes watch it
‘Till it sinks below the tide

Life is change
We move on
And where you go
I hope the summer goes along

So I wait
And I wait, yeah

Life is change
We move on
And where you go
I hope the summer goes along

Source: Musixmatch]

Songwriters: Andrew William Pearson / John T Rzeznik

Autumn Leaves lyrics © Spirit One Music, Arcade Artists Publishing, Bugtunes Music, Drew Pearson Pub Desgnee