SINGIN' SOMEBODY ELSE'S SONG by Mary Blount Christian

SINGIN' SOMEBODY ELSE'S SONG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

After his friend's suicide, a teen-ager travels to Nashville with the songs they had written together. Jeremy had the looks, personality and burning desire to Make It in country music; 17-year-old Gideon, weighed down by grief and guilt, decides to build a memorial by having their songs published. It's a long trip from Gopher's Gulch, Texas, to Nashville, and in more than miles: Gideon is actually surprised to get the cold shoulder from every publisher he sees. But he's encouraged by new friends, including Raelynn, a young waitress helping her brother start a recording career. Gideon does at last sell two songs; but when a prospective manager asks, ""Why do you want to be a country music performer,"" Gideon realizes that he doesn't, that he's only been ""hitchhiking on Jere's dream."" Gideon's discovery comes slowly, especially since he works at being his own person from the beginning; and the themes of grief and recovery are not dominant here, as in Pfeffer's About David; this is more of an ""Innocent Abroad"" story. Christian notes the desperation and drug abuse into which young artists trying to break into the Nashville music scene sometimes fall, but Gideon encounters no examples--what he does find is a polite, laid-back Darwinian attitude that will caution, and amuse, readers without alarming them.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1988
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Macmillan