(Thanks to Susan C. Foster for inviting me in to this Blog Tour.)
Fandango, ZZ Top’s 1975 hit record, has always been one of my favorites. The first three cuts are live, showing the band in their prime. The third live track, the nearly ten minute medley called “Backdoor Medley,” includes a bit of spoken dialogue that I later learned came from the John Lee Hooker song, “Boogie Chillen.” It’s a back and forth between a mother and father regarding their son’s need to be out rocking and carousing. Though it surely doesn’t alie any of the mother’s fears, the father’s answer is: “Let that boy boogie woogie. It’s in him, and it’s got to come out.”
That’s how I feel about writing. It’s in me, and it’s got to come out.
It seems like I’ve been writing ever since I could read. I always played with action figures as a kid, creating backstories and adventures that continued in a serialized way for weeks. I still have at home a book I wrote as a little kid, complete with illustrations I created on my Disney lightbox (which I also still have!). In Cub Scouts I won an award for the best fish story at the annual Fishing Derby (an award I still have! No, I don’t throw anything away, so?).
As the years went by, writing was always some part of come thing else I was doing. It was never the focus of my energy until the mid-2000s when I began to do reviews for a site called Americana Roots. Reviews grew to features and I began to branch out to other publications, gathering clips to grow my portfolio.
Then my son was born and I stopped writing to use that time to spend with him. A couple of years later my daughter was born. As they grew, the urge to write slowly crept back in to my mind. So I restarted my site, Music Tomes. One thing led to another, thanks largely to the site, and I got my first two book contracts.
I have to write, whether anyone reads it or not. It’s not about showing off trivial knowledge or anything like that. I do hope I can help those that read my work to learn something about the subject that they didn’t know, of course, but largely, I just have to write!
Now, let me introduce a couple of other bloggers you might want to peruse:
Lee Gaitan has worn many hats in her 25 years as a professional communicator, from public relations writer and television host to stand-up comedienne and educator. She is the author of two books, Falling Flesh Just Ahead and the recently released My Pineappples Went to Houston—Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry. Lee lives with her husband and dog in suburban Atlanta where she divides her time among speaking, writing, teaching and keeping tabs on her tri-continental family.
To read more wit and wisdom from Lee Gaitan or to book her as a speaker, please visit www.leegaitan.com.
Brittany Banister is a teacher blogger specializing in K-3 ed tech and project based learning. You can check out blog at iheartkindergarten.blogspot.com/