Seven Songs in Seven Days: Journey of an Arkansas Traveler

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Songwriter Jane Fallon's Father Gerald (Jerry) Dwane Ross, left Arkansas as an 11 -year-old. It was 1936 and The Great Depression had taken its toll across the South. His family made the westward march from guaranteed proverty to potential prosperity. On a trip through Central Oregon, the author listens to her father's stories of a time when work was just what you did and life is less complicated than it is now. Meanwhile, she challenges herself to write a song a day. But what begins as a one song-a-day challenge...
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Overview

Songwriter Jane Fallon's Father Gerald (Jerry) Dwane Ross, left Arkansas as an 11 -year-old. It was 1936 and The Great Depression had taken its toll across the South. His family made the westward march from guaranteed proverty to potential prosperity. On a trip through Central Oregon, the author listens to her father's stories of a time when work was just what you did and life is less complicated than it is now. Meanwhile, she challenges herself to write a song a day. But what begins as a one song-a-day challenge evolves into a journey of self-discovery that is part travelogue, part biography, and part creative treatise. Each day chronicles the life of her 83- year-old father as he grew from a sharecropper's son in Arkansas to an Oregon cattleman. Along the way, he revisits his experiences as a workingman in post WWII California. As she listens to her dad's stories, she ventures into the realm of creativity, exploring where songs come from and how they reflect the world around us. Through music she takes us all to a home that expands far beyond the limits of a house or country and into the realm of the soul and spirit. A companion musical CD is available for this text on CD (UPC: 886470329342)and mp3 via Amazon. See createspace store https://www.createspace.com/1995120
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615508733
  • Publisher: Jane Fallon
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Fallon is also an award winning songwriter with five CD's of original music to her credit. Her songs have been played on radio stations throughout the world . This is her first attempt at non-fiction.
She began her career singing in a trio with her sister and cousin. Later she received formal vocal training at Eastern Oregon University and spent several years in local musical theater.A veteran performer, her smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. With vocals that have been called "angelic" and "mesmerizing", by Boston's Metronome magazine, her original songs "combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual." (Wildy's Word Music blog). Her newest CD "Gemini Rising", co-produced with Jeff Root and Jim Henry has been called by Rambles.net " a collection of songs that stitches itself together note by note and warms the soul." Bill Copeland calls her writing "beautiful, honest, and powerful."
She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Jack, where she teaches Composition and Communications at Southern New Hampshire University, and is the mother of three wonderful human beings named Theresa, Patrick, and Nicholas.
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