Hi there, readers!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be to get your read on! Today, I'm writing to you from the great beyond. You know....that place I escape to every so often in the real world that's known as the illusive DAY OFF. Yep, that's right. I had the day off and though I slept a good portion of it, I still managed to squeeze in some shopping, family time, and reading. It is in honor of my recent read that I send this to you while out and about...to honor that spirit of freedom, that feeling of "i-can-do-anything". It's a true story (aka a Biography of sorts) that details a life or rather lives...LIVED. Ready to read all about it? Drum roll please.....
Today's book of choice is....
This is the story of DIVINE WEEKS. Who are they? Simple put, people just like you and me that saw a future bigger and brighter just over the next hill and struck out with all cylinders running to capture it. They were a band drawn together by life and friendship that while seeking their rockstar dreams learned more about life and themselves than they ever imagined. Did they succeed in becoming uber famous mega stars? Not exactly or you'd have known who they were from the start, but that's beside the point.
The real point is that they tried with all their hearts and souls. They left their mark on this life both musically and through personal connections made so despite the band's fall back into animimity, their worlds were changed for the better. It was amazing to see the relationships these guys had with each other...chummy yet understanding, macho but not afraid to shed a tear. (Yes guys, I'm calling you out on the emotional aspects of your journey because frankly is was nice to see another side to all that's normally publicized about rock n roll.)
Throughout the tour they saw many different places and met loads of people, but some of the most memorable were perhaps the most heated...and not in the way you might be thinking. A portion of the tour took place in our neighbors to the north's homeland (aka Canada) and though friendly enough overall, one encounter almost spoiled the entire experience. It seems that racial profiling is not specific to our red, white, and blue borders and these young fellas were face to face with some of the worst (as in rascists at heart but made worse by alcohol). It's got to be one of the most ignorant crimes in my book...I mean just because a particular person from a specific background does a horrible thing, it doesn't mean everyone from their home city or country or religion will as well, you know? That's like saying a German Shepard can only be a scary police dog....umm, yeah ...SO not true (I had one and she was a BIG teddy bear)! Despite the vile feelings and blind rage the oppositions acts inspire the guys grow closer for the experience....like the old adage says, walk a mile in a man's shoes to really understand him,
In summary, not your typical rock n roll story but something altogether more. You'll see life through the eyes of the "invincible" change to one of understanding and the acceptance of a future they know not fully of, but can't wait to stake their claim in. Recommended read for older teens through adults due to an at times colorful narrative and the heaviness of topic a time or two. It's richer read than at first can be perceived but contains a journey well worth taking.
Review copy courtesy of the author (and member of Divine Weeks) Bill See. (Thanks!) For more information about the book, the journey, the author, and even a sampling of their music....check out the official website at www.33daysthebook.com
Until next time...ROCK ON....and happy reading!