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Crossroads Novel — Cover & Soundtrack (with Author’s Note)

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XR140911a - Crossroads Cover

 

Crossroads Soundtrack on YouTube (Lyrics Videos)

Crossroads Soundtrack on Spotify

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Author’s Note

Everybody knows what a music video is. Well, this is a “music novel.” When I first conceived and wrote this story many, many moons ago, one of the basic premises was that a book whose characters are musicians should have a soundtrack. Modern technology has enabled me to fulfill that vision in ways I could not have even imagined back then. At the beginning of each of the twelve parts (like a 12-bar blues) and embedded occasionally along the way are thumbnails for YouTube lyrics videos. The images are all links that you can click on to listen to those songs and read the lyrics. The words and feel of these songs were specifically chosen to reflect, resonate and amplify the story’s characters and action far beyond just the specific stanza or chorus cited. In the videos themselves, I strove to present the lyrics in a tasteful, non-karaoke way, to capture the poetry of the songwriters.

In accordance with the wishes of the copyright holders, not all videos will be available on all platforms or in all countries. I wish you could listen to every one of the songs on your e-Reader as you enjoy the novel, but I guess I’m still just a little ahead of my time.

Of the 28 songs, only two videos were blocked completely, which is why you will hear Mozart instead of Led Zeppelin’s Over the Hills and Far Away. I have asked Warner Chapell Music to have this video unblocked and maybe they will allow it someday. YouTube deleted the video for Supertramp’s Take the Long Way Home, due to a copyright claim by Evergreen Social Media Associates. Therefore, I had no choice but to substitute a little bit of elevator music for that great song.  The Beatles catalog is not available on Spotify, so a tribute band’s renditions of A Day in the Life and Back in the U.S.S.R. were included on that playlist.

I literally wore the vinyl grooves down on many of these tracks. I hope you enjoy them, too, and encourage you to buy, download or stream these songs and albums.

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Written by M.T. Bass

September 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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