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A Song Inspired by The Lovely Bones

December 21, 2009

Di! Di!

It’s me! JB. Remember my song called “Small Things?” …No? You don’t? Well I’ll refresh your memory. A few years back, I read that book called “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.

No. I know. It was amazing. I can’t even.

The story is basically of a young girl named Susie, who is murdered. She narrates from heaven, looking down on her family as they live their lives, and have various interactions with HER KILLER…yes. They don’t know that he’s her killer but the story evolves into her trying to infiltrate the living world in order to help them solve the crime.

Heavy stuff.

So I lay in my bed one night as a college student and just couldn’t shake Susie’s story. I couldn’t shake her world, Di. It reminded me a lot of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The idea of seeing what you once had, but not being able to touch it. Seeing the life that you lived so casually and all the small things you took for granted. That’s just heart-breaking to me, Di. I don’t deal well with regret. In fact, I don’t do regret at all.

So my song, “Small Things” touches on those ideas. And interweaves a bit of the actual story as well.

Now I know the movie just came out in limited release. And while “Small Things” was inspired by the book, since I have yet to see the film, let me tell you, Di. I have been waiting for this movie for a good 2 years. I heard that it was going to become a major motion picture in 2008 as I was mixing my EP,

My EP, "Music From & Inspired By"

and even submitted my song for consideration to be included in the film. But sadly, they passed on it.

I would love to show it to Alice Sebold, the author. Because obviously, that ship has sailed, but I would feel some sense of completion knowing that she had at least heard it.

Oh well, Diary. But OH! I should include this little vid I did. (rhyme)

I just used some shots from the trailer and laid my song “Small Things” over it.

I hope you like it.

“The Lovely Bones” will be in wide release on January 15. I know this because I foolishly awaited what was announced as opening day, Dec. 11, only to discover that it was not showing any closer than an hour away. In one theater. At all.

In any event, I can’t WAIT to see it on January 15! I don’t care what any reviews have to say. I feel a very personal connection to this story, Di. And no, I’ve never gone through any of the things that Susie does. It just struck a chord. I’ve been playing my song for so long (rhyme) that I never forgot how the book made me feel. Even 4 years later.

With a coy smile,

jb =)

My Will

November 26, 2008

Dearest Di,

      I know we’ve never talked about this but we only get a little bit of time on this earth. When we’re born, it seems like we have forever. When we’re teenagers, we feel invincible. When we’re middle aged, we feel like we grew up too fast and when we’re old, we feel that life has blown by us like a gust of wind. 

Where am I going with this? I’m putting you in charge of carrying out my last wishes, Di. 

No. You can’t turn me down. This is me putting myself out there. You’ve got to meet me half way or I’ll never know how to trust again. So shut up.

Alright. Here goes. My last wishes. 

1. Compose a stern letter to Meg Ryan asking her to stop doing that confused, open mouthed-head shaking face she does in The Women…and You’ve Got Mail…and When Harry Met Sally…and In the Land of Women, and Sleepless in Seattle, and Kate and Leopold.

This video is actually best viewed with the sound OFF. The monologue is incidental.

2. Research and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Nick Nolte and Gary Busey are, in fact, 2 separate men. Current evidence points to the contrary.

3. Call the Skylark Diner in Edison, NJ and complain that their dish “Shrimp 3 Ways” should have more than 6 shrimp…for $13. 

That’ll do for now. If I think of any more, I’ll call you. 

Where is this all coming from? Well if you must know, I accidentally/on purpose, ate some cocktail sauce tonight that expired in 2006.

Yes, it was already open! I don’t know. I guess it had been in my refrigerator for 2 years, DI.

Look, just…if I die tonight, take care of that stuff for me, alright? Thank you.

With love,