Living by Ear Giveaway & Party: Day 4–Don’t Make Me Sing!

mike_lbeWell, we’re nearing the end of a fun launch week, and the party is starting to spool down a bit. In fact, I think we might be reaching that point where some of the guests start breaking out the guitars and jamming a bit.

So if you feel like doing that, go for it. If you’d like to enter the raffle to win either a Kindle or Paperback copy of Living by Ear, you can post a YouTube video–or just the name–of a song you like in the comments below. Or, if you prefer, post a video of yourself, or you and some friends, playing or singing something. It’d be fun to hear some real indie music. Then, on Saturday morning, I’ll put all the names in a hat and pick one Kindle winner and one paperback winner. And no worries if you don’t have a Kindle–I can send a pdf if that’s better for you.

If you don’t win, Living by Ear is available on Amazon, and I’d be thrilled if you’d go over there to check it out. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a female musician named Chris Daley who “temporarily” gave up her career to marry and start a family, only to realize, sixteen years later, that she doesn’t love her husband any more and desperately wants to start performing again.

So let’s get back to the party. As you might know by now, Chris Daley in Living by Ear plays both cover tunes and originals. I’ve been sharing videos of some of Chris’s favorite cover songs this week, but haven’t been able to share videos of the original songs in the book, because, you know, they weren’t on YouTube.

So here’s my attempt to play a couple of her original songs, or at least parts of them.

Yeah, that was definitely out of my comfort zone. So to help clear that from your memory, let’s listen to Dusty Springfield sing “Son of a Preacher Man.” Some people in the book who hear Chris sing say she sounds a bit like Dusty, and I’d give my left arm–or at least a couple of fingers–to be able to sing like this.

Wow. I could listen to that a hundred times and still want to hear it again.

Anyway, please keep on posting those videos and songs. I’ve enjoyed everything you’ve shared–the ones I know well and the ones I hadn’t heard before this party. Just remember to get them up by 6:00 PM EST on Friday September 19.

I’d like to thank everyone who’s listened to some music, posted a video, or just peeked in the window to see what’s going on.



PS: at around noon today, September 19, 2014, I’ll be doing an AMA on Reddit.

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 & Party: Day 4–Don’t Make Me Sing!

  1. Sarah says:

    I’m so impressed by you as an artist and a person, Mary! I love your video and the songs you wrote and played.


  2. Mary Rowen says:

    Oh Sarah, you’re so sweet. Thank you for your support! And thanks for posting those great videos yesterday. I’d love it if you’d do a guest post on here sometime soon and share some of your beautiful poetry. xo


  3. jan says:

    You have a lovely voice! I was thinking more of Judy Collins than Dusty (maybe you need to take up smoking! Just kidding!) I have so many favorite songs/videos that it’s hard to select just one but I’ll give it a shot! Plan to hit Amazon today to fill up my Nook before going on vaca. Best of luck with the launch. I hope it’s going well! Jan


  4. Mary Rowen says:

    Thank you, Jan! I just love Dusty’s voice so much, but Judy Collins is, of course, amazing too. I hate the sound of my voice, but have to admit singing relaxes me. Usually I do it in my room, though, with the door closed so as not to disturb the family or pets. I hope you post a song–in the mood for some good music!


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