Alex Zeitman is, of course, made up of a good bit of Sherrie Cronin, as are all my characters, the sympathetic and the less so. My tastes in music run more towards stirring lyrics and less towards rhythm than Alex’s tastes do, but I think that he would join me in cheering for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. It’s a haunting two-sided song yet it has that mesmerizing tempo that Alex loves. I was glad to see it win record of the year, and to know that in spite of Alex’s concerns thirty-two years ago, good music has hardly died!
February is music awards time and the novel z2 begins with hero Alex Zeitman sitting dejectedly in a hospital room watching the 1981 Grammy Awards. Alex likes his music uptempo and he’s rooting for Fame, made famous by Irene Cara, to win song of the year. He’s just torn his ACL and his dreams for playing professional basketball are going up in smoke, and to make the evening even more miserable Christopher Cross with his soft rock sound of “Sailing” ends up winning in every major category. Christopher Cross even beats out Pink Floyd for album of the year. What is the world coming to?
Check out this video to see why Alex was cheering on the song “Fame.”
Purchase the music to Fame here.