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Music inspires us – just ask Bob Dylan, who recently sold his song catalog for hundreds of millions of dollars.

While writing my new book, Anchored Together, I listened to a lot of music from the 1970s, because that’s when the story occurs. “Moondance” by Van Morrison, “So Far Away” by Carole King, “Your Song” by Elton John, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor (loved it,) “American Pie” by Don McLean (hated it.)

Writers have been listening to music while working on books for a long time, while musicians often are inspired by a great story and end up writing a song. The connection between the two arts yields a unique way of expression. Music creates a certain mood and in these days of social distancing and self-quarantine, heaven knows we need a good mood.

 A sweet friend recently reminded me of “Come Dancing” by The Kinks, which now plays in my head when I need a perk in my step! What songs make YOU happy?

 “Garrison takes what could be a simple tale of first love and gives it depth by delving into the serious issue of alcoholism, particularly how it can cause disturbing personality changes in loved ones.” ~ Kirkus Reviews