The first trimester

Posted By on May 15, 2012

My book, Invisible Soul, has been in gestation for nearly a year and a half now, but I still feel as if it’s in the earliest stage. I’ve written (and revised and rewritten) several chapters, at one time up to six; now there are about three, and I’m not totally satisfied with any of them. I also like parts of them a lot.

Apparently, the material is enough to stir ongoing interest. My discussions with an academic press in the South are progressing nicely. Just today, I mailed the editor I’ve been communicating with since last fall the core of the raw material I’ve accumulated: notes from more than 50 interviews with Invisible Soulmen and women. And by June 15, I’ll send him a new outline, along with another chapter I’ve been cobbling together for the past several weeks.

And this morning, George Hendricks of the Hesitations floated the idea of an Invisible Soul Revue featuring players from that era who are still making good music. I like it, I like it. I think it could draw a really motley crew of fans seeking the authenticity of local music, soul-style.

And on June 3, I’m tentatively scheduled to DJ a two-hour broadcast over WRUW, the Case Western Reserve FM station. Topic #1: the Boddie Recording Company. I hope to be able to feature other, non-Boddie material from the era, too.

So Invisible Soul is beginning to come together on several different fronts. On the book and e-book front, all I have to do is think it out, map it out, and produce it. By mid-July, I should have a pretty good idea of its timeline. This is exciting.


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