Challenge criteria: A book about a hobby
(Trigger warnings: this book contains instances of domestic abuse, thoughts of self-harm, starvation, child abandonment)
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
Music has been a pretty big part of my family. My Dad’s father played the accordion for years before he passed away, and his parents used to hold dances in a hall by their house. IN Ireland in the 1950s, dances like this were a Big Deal because they were where a lot of relationships started. Ask your grandparents – it’s likely they started “courting” in one of these dance halls.
I played the piano for years, though I haven’t played in ages and I feel like now, I would be really rusty. It doesn’t much help that sight reading was never my strong point. My brother can play guitar, and one of my 2019 new year’s resolutions is to learn it myself. So, it’s no big surprise I love reading about books that also add in a little bit of music in their narrative.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Season of Hopes and Dreams by the wonderful Lynsey James. While I have actually read the book, and will have a full review of it up later on, I wanted to do a little something different for my stop on the tour today. While I read the book, I was in constant contact with Lynsey, and we both would send back and forth songs we thought would fit into the book perfectly. So, that’s what I decided to do with my stop on the tour. Lynsey and I have put together a little playlist that perhaps you can listen to while you read this book.
Image via Neverland Blog Tours
While I did a Disney tag post a while back, it didn’t have any scope for outside influences – for instance, my favourite Disney soundtrack isn’t a Princess movie. With that in mind, I’m going to take Brooklyn’s tag and delve into my Disney music tastes.