Blog April 9, 2018
Oh The Summer Time is Comin’
I guess I missed my chance to write on St. Patrick’s Day three weeks ago; after all, The Wild Mountain Thyme, my latest from The Wild Rose Press, is all about Ireland.
Ireland, is a fascinating place, and a small as it is, is filled with natural treasures, poets, playwrights, writers of all types, and of course the mystical, magical things that can only be found in places where no man has yet to set his foot.
The setting for multiple scenes is Castle Pollard and the ancient monastery of St. Feichin. The monastery has several renowned sights, a backward running stream, The Holy Tree, and the monastery has not one, but two towers. I created a working monastery there. The brothers I created keep goats, make cheese, and sell their product over the Internet. I had to figure out some way to have a working community so Jim and Megan have a place to recite marriage vows in their minds; sorry, guys, gotta read the book if you want to know what happens!
The best thing to me about TWMT, is Seamus. He sings, plays the harp, and recites poetry. When I was a kid , my brother Bill and I sang together all the time. We loved the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. They are an Irish folk group; four Irish men in Irish fishermen sweaters playing guitars, banjos, and singing in beautiful harmony. Bill plays the guitar like a master, and always has; it was easy to sing with him. I may have a few degrees in music, but he will always be a better musician than I am. We sang lots of places, open mic night during outdoor summer concerts, at school, a coffee house in NYC (don’t tell my parents), but mostly in his bedroom. A lot of Seamus’s spontaneous plucking the harp out of the air and singing reminds me of Bill.
I had lots of fun writing Seamus; the serial killer was a tough one, but again; you gotta read the book!
Have a grand time, as they say in the Emerald Isle, and keep music in your heart.
Check out The Clancy Brothers singing The Wild Mountain Thyme.