Literature And Fiction: The Big Wide Calm - A Novel
A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album
Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way.
When John Bustin, a rich, reclusive, former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like some strange attractor is pulling her in. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.
But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naïve about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together, and in the process, discover their authenticity.
One part coming-of-age story and retrospective, one part rock and roll epic, The Big Wide Calm focuses a lens on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.
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I have to admit that the first thing that drew me to "The Big Wide Calm" was the cover... it's unique, engaging and stunningly evocative... a perfect pairing to this thoroughly enjoyable novel. The novel dives into Paige, a young woman with dreams of fame, fortune, success and a place in history as a gifted musician. She's a person who reaches for the stars and has grand dreams, but Paige gets the chance to record an album with the wizened John Bustin things take a turn for the better and the worst as the two try to navigate life, dreams, differing personalities and the growing relationship between them.
This is an evocative and introspective novel that really explores the characters in a wonderful way. It has a smooth pace and a vividly engaging writing style, sucking the reader into Paige's sassy and effervescent life as she deals with the struggles of her dreams and the reality of life as a burgeoning "rock star". The novel is at times poignant, funny, emotionally charged and charming. It's a coming-of-age tale that explores self-discovery, life dreams, failed goals and the beauty of life in all its complexities. The well-written novel had me eagerly reading until the very end and was altogether a novel well worth the read.
Rich Marcello could choose only one creative mentor, he'd give the role to Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. This is not only because he currently resides in New England, where Jonathan started, but because of his life as a contemporary fiction author, poet and songwriter, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs he's written. Rich grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word.
For a while it seemed right to travel the musician's path, especially during his stint in his college folk group, at The University of Notre Dame, where he wrote and recorded his first original songs. But, as is true for many musicians, graduation led him down a different road, one on which he found his love for high technology. There, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.
During his time in technology he never stopped creating art, and eventually his love for song and the written word grew to the point where he walked away from his first career to pursue poetry, song, and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in business. In The Color Of Home, his literary voice melds all three together with honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and "unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen."
He's currently working on his second novel, The Big Wide Calm, which will be published on 2014.
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