Living by Ear Giveaway & Listening Party, Day 3 with #FranzFerdinand

mike_lbeOK, we’re now more than halfway through the party, and it’s time for all you people who’ve been standing around or sitting down doing the head-bob to get on the dance floor. For those of you showing up very fashionably late, we’re celebrating the re-launch of my novel, Living by Ear, which is about a forty-something woman trying to reclaim both her music career and love life. There’s more information about the book in the posts from yesterday and Tuesday, and also on Amazon.

So I’m going to request that the DJ put on Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out.”

This is the first song I ever heard by the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, and I was instantly smitten. It came out in 2004, and every time I’d get in my car–my kids were in preschool back then and didn’t care what music I played–I’d turn on the radio and hope to hear it. I loved the way FF combined a disco beat with a hard rock sound. They were cute, artsy lads from Glascow who could rock it out like Zeppelin when they wanted.

There’s a scene in Living by Ear in which Chris is getting ready for a big audition, and she thinks about how in a movie of her life, the song “Take Me Out” would play as she gets dressed and puts on her makeup. I won’t give away any plot spoilers, but please have a listen, dance if you’d like, and share your opinions on the song. I think it’s particularly significant today, as Scotland votes on whether or not it will become an independent country, and the band Franz Ferdinand is a strong supporter of the “yes” vote.

Also, I’d be thrilled if you’d post a YouTube video of one of your favorite songs in the comments section below, so I can enter you in a raffle to win either a Kindle or paperback copy of Living by Ear. And if you’re not sure how to post a video, just name of the artist and song you’re thinking of.

Thanks, and happy Thursday!



About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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4 Responses to Living by Ear Giveaway & Listening Party, Day 3 with #FranzFerdinand

  1. Sarah says:

    So many wonderful music videos to choose from. Here’s one favorite, a beautiful video by a singer with one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard…


  2. Sarah says:

    This Jersey girl has got to post another one that gets me every time, by the Boss of course! 🙂


    • Mary Rowen says:

      Ok, well this one not only gave me chills, but I shed a few tears too. Where would we be without Bruce? I’ve never seen this video before, Sarah, but I just love the shots of all those faces. And Bruce performing with Patti–so beautiful. Gives me hope for this crazy world. Thank you so much for posting. xox


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