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Jim White's "Angel-Land"

Image courtesy of Jim White

In addition to being a masterful storyteller (check out his short story, "The Bottom"), musician Jim White knows how to pen a song. One of the best parts of my job is helping find and license relevant songs that evoke the themes and feelings in Big Read books. The tone and the lyrics of White's quirky song "Angel-Land" somehow perfectly punctuates the ending of our audio guide about what is a pretty quirky novel---Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. I'm not sure why exactly, but it just fits. I'd like to think that McCullers and the oddball misfits that people her book would agree. Maybe you disagree. Of course, that's okay, too. Tell us what song you would choose in the comments.

Here's a lyrical excerpt that really stands out:

I cannot be superman no more,

I cannot walk upon the high wire in my mind.

And now that I understand the extent of my mortal coil.

Suddenly and somehow I have lost all my desire, 

To shine, to shine like the sun, 

To shine, to shine like the sun, 

On a sunny day in Angel-Land...

Special thanks to Yale Evelev of Luaka Bop and Mike Fink of BMG Chrysalis for permission to excerpt this song for the Big Read audio guide.


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