Saturday, 27 July 2013

Writing - Mortality and memorials.

A music king has died. As you get older and more of your idols pass away it is a constant reminder of your own mortality. I was never a great fan but enjoyed the association with Eric Clapton.

US singer-songwriter JJ Cale had died of heart attack at the age of 74.
An announcement on his personal website said he had passed away at a hospital in La Jolla, California, on Friday.
Born in Oklahoma, Cale helped create the Tulsa Sound, which combined blues, rockabilly, and country. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song After Midnight.
In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale's Cocaine. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.

When we write and self-publish our stories we are laying down markers of our existence. How much they are read in the future after we've gone doesn't really matter but if some person comes across what we have done they may be entertained even in a small way. Almost like a collection of tombstones! The one below is my grandparents headstone in the graveyard at St Matthew's church New Silksworth.

The difference with books as markers is there number and availability. The above is fixed in a rather draughty cemetery over a hundred miles from where I live and is only relevant to me and my family. Books are never intended as memorials but as with any art form that produces a permanent outcome, when the producer dies that's what they become. So JJ Cale will be remembered long after his last relative has passed because of his music. I feel that there is something joyous in that.

My point being that we have a responsibility to do the best we can. What we write will last!

Sold another Kindle copy

Steele's adventures and a little more background seems to be doing some good. Sold another copy across the pond - Thank you. 
There is an extract on the TAB at the top of this page

God Bless