Second Wind

Second Wind

by Ray Hobbs


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When twelve ageing musicians are devastated by their exclusion from a breakaway orchestra, TV film composer Frank Morrison sets out to repair the damage and give them a new sense of purpose, by forming a retro dance band. After a hesitant start, they are soon reproducing the wonderful romantic sounds of the 1930s and before long, dedication and soaring enthusiasm lead to a string of successful engagements.

Meanwhile, Frank's personal life becomes increasingly complex with the involvement of the athletic and appealing Regional Produce Candidate and the enigmatic Sarah. His professional life is no less hectic: he is soon working flat out with an impossible workload and, in his exhausted state, he still has to prepare the band for the most demanding gig of all.

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ISBN-13: 9781908128300
Publisher: Book Printing UK
Publication date: 08/25/2011
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Bringing back retro dance music from the 1930s was perhaps a greater challenge than Frank had intended to take on at first in Second Wind, by Ray Hobbs. TV and film composer Frank Morrison decides to bring a grey-haired set of master musicians back into their own after they have been excluded from a breakaway orchestra. At first the group is hesitant, but they soon catch on to the idea and before long they are in full swing and have become quite popular. Frank is working overtime to keep his own professional career on track. He is also involved in a complex romantic relationship with Sarah, an athletic and appealing Regional Produce Candidate who seems to be another exhaustive puzzle to piece together. Throughout it all, Frank continues to build up the band and prepares them for a recording contract. Their success depends upon him being able to hold it all together. Second Wind is a romantic trip into the world of a writer, composer, and a group of musicians as Ray Hobbs chronicles the journey of a retro dance band and the romantic and often hectic life of their leader, composer Frank Morrison. This is an easy-flowing read with music and a little bit of romance mixed in. It is an honest look at the emotions and dedication of those who love music and follow through with their commitments and promises in spite of the challenges. You won’t find a lot of dramatic action, but you will find a pleasant journey like a stroll down a wooded path. Take your time, relax, and enjoy the trip through Second Wind.