Monday, May 12, 2014

Dear "Greg" on Goodreads.... thank you

Dear "Greg" from Goodreads,

Thank you! Thank you for your review of "Shotgun Lovesongs" by Nickolas Butler. You've got your settings set up on Goodreads so I can't send you a message on Goodreads directly. I know it's unlikely that you will ever see these words either.

You inspired me though. First of all, I went back to Goodreads and changed my own settings just in case some day someone sees something that I write and wants to comment on it.

Secondly, and most importantly you inspired me to look up "Bon Iver". You said in your review of the book that you are not a Bon Iver fan, and yes you know he has another name, but you're going to leave it at that. You said that "Shotgun Lovesongs" seemed to be about "Bon Iver". Thank you for that.

I had never heard of Bon Iver until I read your review. Today I looked him up, and yes I found Justin Vernon. I also found Volcano Choir, Gayngs, The Shouting Matches, and Kathleen Edwards while I was at it.

I found Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and NPR. I've listened to over an hour of Volcano Choir's music today at work.

So, Greg wherever you are... Thank you for all of that. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the book as much as I am enjoying it, but thank you for mentioning the reference that other reviewers didn't know about. Thank you for introducing me to new music.

I'm not actually done with the book yet myself, but now that I have this music to go with the book I think I'll enjoy it even more!

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