Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: The Distracted Drummer: "Thank you, Toledo, and Good Night" by John B Meilink

File Size: 576 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

You can find The Distracted Drummer: "Thank you, Toledo, and Good Night" by John B Meilink for the Kindle ereader on Amazon.

Ever wonder how a rock musician got started? And once started, how they manage to keep everything together - work, bills, gigs, band members that fail to show, and fiendishly jealous girlfriends? This is the story of one musician's rise from rags to respectability, or a reasonable facsimile of same. It's painfully funny, and I recommend it to everyone who is looking for an enjoyable read.

Our hero starts life in the North End of Toledo, Ohio.  This is the same area where you could find the pool hall on Galena Street, which was mentioned by Jamie Farr as Corporal Klinger on M*A*S*H*.  The difference being that the protagonist doesn't have Danny Thomas as a mentor, and knows that the pool hall is not a particularly rough place.  By North End standards, anyway.

Navigating a childhood rife with catastrophes that are all taken in stride, the protagonist gets a piece of wood in each hand and starts pounding on things.  He eventually joins a band and starts playing at bars, while his insanely jealous girlfriend beats up any female fans that dare to come up and talk to him.  Then there are the regular problems we all face, like drunken relatives, crazy family members and fellow musicians who don't show up and don't call.

The story is told in a lighthearted, humorous way that had me laughing out loud one minute and shaking my head in disbelief the next.  In the end I found myself cheered up, if a little tired.

I recommend this book as an enjoyable, easy read.

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