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John Fullbright rocked Joe’s Pub

As I posted back on April 7, I recently secured permission to quote a line of lyrics from John Fullbright‘s song Daydreamer as the epigraph for my upcoming novel A Ceremony of Losses. Since then, I had been looking forward to seeing and hearing John perform live. I’m happy to say I finally had that opportunity.

He delivered an awesome performance last night at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Not only is he a masterful songwriter, he’s a great performer and a wonderful musical storyteller. If you have a chance to see John play live, do so! If you miss his show, you should kick yourself. His live performance is even more exciting than his recorded work, full of improvisation and flourishes that add to the texture of his music.

This man is the real deal. He and his music defy easy categorization; he transcends labels, genres, and simple descriptions. His work is powerful, pure, and true. He writes songs that reach both the mind and the heart.

My wife and I were lucky enough to spend a few minutes after his show last night hanging out with him backstage. He’s a true gentleman and a tremendously nice guy, and someone I look forward to meeting again.

My next book’s epigraph

Now that the paperwork is signed, I’m happy to share that my next novel, A Ceremony of Losses, will feature as its epigraph a quotation from the lyrics of “Daydreamer” by John Fullbright, off his debut album From the Ground Up.

I chose the first line of the song’s chorus — “Dream me a better world and I’ll find a better way” — as my book’s epigraph because for me it and the rest of the song evoked the mood and the story arc of the book’s main character, Doctor Julian Bashir.

Give the song a listen here, and find out why John Fullbright is one of my favorite new recording artists. (And, just FYI, he’ll be performing in New York City on June 20 at Joe’s Pub, down in the Astor Place neighborhood.)