I recently received a galley of Rock On by Denise Vega from Little Brown and Company.
Orion discovered early on that he had a gift with the guitar. As he entered high school, he had aspirations to be a rock star. This story looks at Orion and his band’s process to win the local high school battle of the band to hopefully get noticed. The other part of the story is about the relationship between Orion and his big brother Del. Orion always looked up to his big brother, Del. At the same time he feels that he is in the shadows of his brother. Once Del goes off to college, Orion begins to step out of his brother’s shadow and into his own.
This book not only tells the story thorough the written story but also excerpts from the “band’s website”. This lends to the authenticity of life for teens today. It moves the peripheral characters forward and still part of the main story. I enjoyed the story and the story line about Orion and Del’s relationship felt authentic and very relatable to anyone with an older sibling. I would recommend this book to any teen who loves the music scene or loves a story that looks at the relationships of the characters.
Last night I could not sleep so I began listening to Pandora radio, the Michael W. Smith channel. While I was listening I heard Third Day’s Rise Up from the Album Wherever You Are album. The song brought me back to a place in my life that was very stressful and I was feeling like I had made many bad choices.
During that dark time in my life, I had bought the Third Day album and that song specifically kept me going and continuing to get up and go to work every day. The words, “so rise up my friend no this will not be the end”, were my anthem for about six months. I remember feeling very frustrated, stressed out and questioning why God had brought me to this place. HIS answer kept coming to me with not only with the words this will not be the end but the lyrics;
you’ve tried so hard to make it on your own
That your heart has come undone
so I am here to prove that I alone
Have the power to over come
another verse that really spoke to me was;
Don’t let your heart be troubled
this world will never keep you down
it will never keep you down
The impact that one song has on someone’s life can be immense. I still felt the comfort that the song gave me that what I do in my everyday life has an impact for his kingdom and I need to be working toward that end not the world’s end or for people who are just in the world. Enjoy the video of this song.
I have recently discovered Pandora Radio. Actually, I should clarify, I have known about this Internet radio but have recently begun using it.
When I search the “stations” to find music to listen to, I have discovered a pattern. I really like two basic types of music. I like singer/songwriter and folk music. A few of the “stations” that have become my favorite so far are Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Mary Black, John Denver, Third Day and Hillsong. I have discovered many songs that were very influential in my love of music and writing.
Growing up music was very important in our house. I remember my sister and I listening to an album of the balalaika and the soundtrack of Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. We would listen to Cinderella, sing and re-enact the songs. I began writing music in my early teens and I know that John Denver’s music had a great impact on my style of songwriting.
Mary Black and Mary Chapin-Carpenter both were my favorites in the late 1980’s. I was fortunate to hear Mary Black in Ireland before she even had any records here in America. I was lucky to hear Mary Chapin-Carpenter many times for free in Atlanta as she was beginning her career. Both of these women are more folksy but have experimented with rock and other genres of music. What is music has influenced you?
Here is one of the first songs that I fell in love with from Mary Black.