The theme of music pervades The Bird that Sang in Color. The story begins and ends in music and music is played throughout with various instruments and albums. But there isn’t only music in a literal sense. There is also the music of life, such as the rhythm inherent in performing our daily activities. In one of the opening scenes, Donna notices how Vincent walks with his head bobbing back and forth “like he’s keeping rhythm to a song that only he can hear.” In another, she likens her mother’s cooking to a performance: “The music played: the chopping of vegetables, the clanging of metal spoons against pots, and the sweet sound of pouring.” I’m hoping this book helps readers to be more observant of the music in their own every-day lives.
I’m also hoping this story inspires readers to live more fully and happily. The hero of this story is a Renaissance man who doesn’t need to leave his room to be “on the other side of the world.” He travels through his many, varied intellectual and creative pursuits. Many people are using the current pandemic as an excuse to stop learning, growing, and living. But I believe it’s the perfect time to develop a new hobby or interest or resurrect an old one. One such pursuit can be music–the great gift we have that lets us transcend this world and gives us endless joy!
My new series will be about the music in The Bird that Sang in Color and will feature drawings from my brother’s sketchbook that was the primary inspiration for writing this book.