Sunday, June 3, 2012

From The Heart - Brooklyn James

First, let me say, I am delighted to be guesting with Donna for her From The Heart segment. Donna and I have become blog buddies through my efforts as an author/singer/songwriter. Donna will be hosting a review and giveaway of my novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me sometime this summer. The Boots My Mother Gave Mewas my first published book. Lo and behold, it won an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as a Quarter Finalist in 2011. The novel was inspired by a true story, following the coming of age tale of a young girl, Harley LeBeau, as she overcomes an abusive childhood. One flattering review likened the piece to Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

This book is a bit unique in that it offers an original music soundtrack to accompany the novel. Being a singer/songwriter in the local live music scene of Austin, Texas, it made perfect sense to me. Movies come standard with music soundtracks, why not a book?

The book and its soundtrack were both ‘heart’ projects for me in rewriting the script of my own life, overcoming an abusive childhood. I believe within each of us, there lies the innate ability to survive, triumph, and overcome…having some power over our fate and the fate of generations to come. Nothing has to be just because that’s the way it’s always been.

If I may share with you a video blog of a reading and musical performance from The Boots My Mother Gave Me. This video excerpt is from the Televised Public Forum here in Austin. This particular forum was dubbed, Creativity Is Therapy, utilizing the power of creativity and its therapeutic effect on the mind and the soul. It was through my own creativity that I came to terms with my childhood experiences. In this video, you will see a reading from the Chapter entitled, Live & Let Love, where Harley LeBeau reads her father’s suicide letter. The reading is followed by a live acoustic musical performance from the soundtrack to the book, featuring the song that shares the same title, Live & Let Love. For anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide: May you find peace among the chaos, light in the darkness and forgiveness in your heart.

Light & Love – Brooklyn James (listen to music here in the Music Store)
Twitter: @BrooklynJames7 

From Donna:
       As Brooklyn said, we have become fast blog buddies. Her cd is my everyday music! Her voice has a way of hypnotizing you, and I love the stories the lyrics tell. I want to thank Brooklyn for taking time out of her busy schedule to write such a wonderful "From the Heart" post in my absence. Be sure to check out her book and cd!

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