Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.
Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity and creative fulfillment, and finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.
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About the Author
ALAN DOYLE is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. In 2012, Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge, which made the top twenty on the Canadian Albums chart. Doyle lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Table of Contents
Foreword Jann Arden xi
Author's Note xiii
Prologue: Boy on Bridge xv
Chapter 1 Rough Side Out 1
Chapter 2 The Way Things Were 23
Chapter 3 Breaking Bread 44
Chapter 4 Ye Bastarding Doyles 71
Chapter 5 Cutting Out Tongues 82
Chapter 6 Selling Tongues and Picking Capelin 102
Chapter 7 Old Woman's Gulch 119
Chapter 8 The Taste of Salt 145
Chapter 9 Transubstantiation 186
Chapter 10 The Doyles from Petty Harbour 217
Chapter 11 First Attempt 246
Chapter 12 Petty Harbour Dog 283
Epilogue: Boy on Bridge 307
Glossary of Terms (Mostly for Mainlanders) 309
Where I Belong, song lyrics 315
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An outstanding read; second only listening to telling the story himself.
You can hear the voice of Alan coming through loud and clear. A great book filled with his rascally adventures on the coast, the family dynamics of brother and sisters, and the strength of his parents as they lead this Catholic boy to adulthood. Surrounded by love, music and hockey it is no surprise he grew to be the strong performer and leader that he is!
Alan learns to be a man through a “work hard, play hard” upbringing, influenced by a colorful cast of characters you’ll love. Newfoundlanders if nothing else are an intelligent, hard working, entertaining people with good humor and huge hearts. You’ll easily get lost in this beautifully written story, a book you’ll hate to finish, one of the few you’ll laugh out loud reading and memorable long after you put it down.