OK, 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!