The Secret Ingredient

Music and language are intimate partners.  When words sing, they create powerful memories and engage deep emotions. This is why you remember certain songs, poems, and books, forever.

Each of us has a unique form of music wrapped up in the way we express ourselves in words. My secret ingredient is musicianship. Through my extensive musical training and experience, I’m able to hear the music inherent in how you express yourself. Then I use what I hear to make your book sound just like you.



In addition to being a best-selling writer, I’m a performing musician.* I will weave right into the book you want to create all the music in your words, your characteristic tonalities and rhythms and hints of melody, as well as the distinctive word choices that define your unique personal voice. My attention to sonic detail gives your voice its own distinct life on the page, helping me write the book, speech, or marketing materials you would create for yourself – if you had both the time and the training to do it alone. That’s why my book with Wolfman Jack sounds like the Wolfman himself, my books with Pat Riley sound like Pat, and so on through every book collaboration I’ve ever done.



* The vintage guitars and ukulele pictured above are from my ever-growing collection of great American instruments. I also present a multi-media lecture/performance program called How to Get the Blues, detailing the African-American contribution to America’s musical heritage. My audiences have ranged from elementary schoolchildren to high school and college students as well as museum-goers and Adult Ed students. This article describes a 2010 show.