Music has influenced my writing. I have written many chapters where the action beats match movie songs I love. A few examples: Unchained Melody from Ghost (the heartbreaking conclusion to Holly’s book, The Last Super), Battle of the Heroes from Star Wars III (Holly’s desperate fight with Dan Mann), Main Theme from Superman by John Williams (Holly’s superpowers manifest when she stops a kidnapping), and Burly Brawl from The Matrix Reloaded (Holly fights about a hundred super soldiers). Too bad I can’t use them in a podcast!
But in September 2006, I influenced a couple of musicians. Or rather, influenced a few people to look in their direction. Years ago, I took a video of Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing a little godfather music at a Mountain View (CA) street fair. Here it is on YouTube. The video quality is low, but this still gets comments and hits.
Here’s an iTunes link to their Serenata Italiana album, which has that song.
Here’s their website, which has all but their latest album on CD or download.
Their latest album, Mandolin For Lovers, is on cdbaby.
Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger will be at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival this weekend, Sept 6 & 7. If you are within driving distance of Silicon Valley, check out Castro Street in Mountain View this weekend and drop by the Heartstrings Music booth. Your ears will thank you. (They will sell CDs there.)
One of these days, I should use Heartstrings Music during one of my open mic readings. I am sure Al and Hugo would not mind. I just need to find a chapter/scene that fits.