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About Those Chapter Titles . . .

One thing my mother successful implanted in me is a love of music. She was hoping I'd enjoy musicals, and I did. Of course, when the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and rock 'n roll came along, I gravitated to that style. I never learned to appreciate symphonies but my tastes did branch out to Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Irish, Latin rock, Alternative and, to a lesser extent, Blues.


The influence of music is all over First Second Coming. Ram is a capable guitar player because I picked up the instrument in college and still own it, though I can't say I was ever all that distinguished. I would sit here at my computer writing the story with music blaring, sometimes in my earphones because my wife isn't a country music fan, or out loud. I did the same while editing my work. I'm sure the book would not have been as good as it is if I had to write or edit it in silence.


I'm still massively attracted to music. My brother, who is a musician, relies on me to find exceptional songs by new performers as well as older ones we've both somehow missed. Examples of performers I recently found for him and myself include Parker Millsap, Tyler Childers, Larkin Poe, the Strokes, Welshly Arms, Jessie Buckley and Ruston Kelly.


If you want to talk music with me, use the "contact" page to, well, contact me. I'm always up for discussing music.


Each chapter title in the book is a song title that gives the reader some notion of what the chapter's about. The complete list is below. The first reader who can tell me the names of the bands/singers for all the titles will receive a free e-book copy of First Second Coming. (Some of the songs have been covered by more than one singer or band, you'll have to guess the one I have listed on my own chart. Hint: generally this will be a recent artist.) Good luck!


Chapter # Song Title Band

1. Stranger in a Strange Land

2. We’ve Only Just Begun

3. Presence of the Lord

4. Dazed and Confused

5. The World Ain’t Slowing Down

6. Living in the Material World

7. Darlin’ Kate

8. Shake, Rattle and Roll

9. I’m Hurtin’

10. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground

11. Do You Believe In Magic

12. Ballroom Blitz

13. If You Really Want to be My Friend

14. Gotta Serve Somebody

15. Getting To Know You

16. I Love You and Buddha Too

17. On The Road To Find Out

18. Burning Down the House

19. Trouble No More

20. Lips of an Angel

21. Mysterious Ways

22. Suspicious Minds

23. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

24. Old Time Religion

25. Riders on the Storm

26. Captured Angel

27. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

28. Losing My Religion

29. We Just Disagree


30. C’est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)


31. Miracles


32. Church (Part of Someone)


33. God Only Knows


34. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)


35. Pride of Man


36. Your Heart is as Black as Night


37. Crying My Heart Out Over You


38. Love is My Religion

39. Get Together


40. How to Save a Life


41. This Masquerade


42. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You


43. Anticipation


44. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love

And Understanding


45. Signed Sealed Delivered


46. End of the Line


47. Chapel of Love


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