Like many music fans I’ve imagined myself as a musician – the 3rd guitar Thin Lizzy never knew they needed. Trouble is, I don’t so much play the guitar as interfere with them. I can only play sitting down and under no circumstances if anyone else is watching. Or listening. Paul’s tale of how he overcame his stage fright to become a travelling troubadour therefore appealed to me, if only to relate how he managed to do something I know I never will.
Paul’s tale is not a simple “How To Get Over Yourself And Get On Stage”. It’s a tale of redemption as well as a gentle reflection on his parents, friendship, his children and most importantly himself. The book alternates chapters between his formative years and his gradual steps towards playing songs in public.
The twist in the plot – and I’m giving nothing away as it’s revealed at the start of the book – is that Paul didn’t acquire the performance bug late in life. In his youth he fronted The Entangled Network, one of Hythe’s foremost rock and roll bands (indeed quite possibly their only rock and roll band) who successful promoted their own » Continue Reading.