What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy?

For Conrad it’s definitely not dusty Los Angeles, where he’s stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters.

Paradise is the forest where his dad still lives,
by the water where everything is beautiful,
where he belongs.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

Eric Hoffer Awards 2019: Finalist, Fiction
"Elegantly written, with vivid, nuanced characters and a strong sense of place." - IndieReader
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~ Journal 10 ~

Tonight the Seattle Symphony and conductor Ludovic Morlot performed a brand new piece for the first time, and an old piece for the umpteenth time (well maybe not for us Seattlites - we don't get tons of Strauss). What they required in common was a very large orchestra and patience. The program:

  1. Da...

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Tonight the guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru plugged the Seattle Symphony into the good juice. The program:

  1. Lili Boulanger: "D'un matin de printemps"
    A short but colorful piece for large orchestra that shows a knack for orchestration.
  2. Elgar: Violin Concerto (with Vilde Frang on violin)

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The Flesh Eaters is a band made up of of LA-scene veterans that orignally formed in 1977. It's not a band I knew much about but its members are pretty famous: John Doe and DJ Bonebreak of X, Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman of The Blasters, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and the poet/frontman Chris D. They h...

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The percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion came to Meany for something rather off-the-wall: a live score to the movie "Paddle To The Sea" from 1966, which was made by the National Film Board of Canada based on a the 1941 children's book "Paddle-to-the-Sea". Third Coast Percussion split the...

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Tonight at Meany Hall I found Juho Pohjonen to be a distinctive pianist. The program:

  1. J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
    This was all clarity and strong delineation, but never dry.
  2. César Franck: Prelude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21
    I love this music, and I've heard many rec...

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