New book of poems, lyrics captures transformative power of art
Manu Rodriguez releases ‘Songs [Still!] Waiting for a Rock Band’
EDINBURGH, Scotland– Published writer Manu Rodriguez returns to the literary world with the release of “Songs [Still!] Waiting for a Rock Band” (published by AuthorHouse UK). His latest collection of work encapsulates his enduring hunger for life and love for music, rendered in exquisitely nuanced poetry.
Music has always been a constant part of the author’s life. As a baby, his mother sang Zarzuela songs in order to, in his own words, tame his rebellious character. He tried to learn to play the piano and, later, the guitar but according to him, “I never could; not just because of my disability and psychomotricity problems, but, I think, because I did not persist day after day.” It was his dream to form a rock band as an avenue for mixing his feelings with music.
“But that (forming a band) remained a fantasy, a dream,” Rodriguez says. “So I started writing poems, lyrics, songs inspired by other songs and by that time I was living.”
“Songs [Still!] Waiting for a Rock Band” brings together some of these writings, a bilingual (English/Spanish) collection of prose, poems and lyrics that illustrate the power of art to transcend differences and connect people in shared experience. Musician Calum Carlyle has this to say about the book:
“Poignant and personal, introspective yet outgoing. Young and carefree, yet heavy with the weight of age and responsibility. These pieces of poetic lyrical prose are like photographs, well thumbed and cherished… In a real, immediate sense, these might be songs - rock songs, even. I have even been putting some of them to music, with Manu’s blessing. Even so, these elusive lyrical fragments are, in their own haunting way, still, waiting for a rock band.”
About the Author
Manu Rodriguez was born in Sevilla. A Spanish author, he has written books in both Spanish and English. His books include “Leyendas Adolescentes (primeros cuentos de finales de siglo)” (Castillejo, 1998), “Llorando palabras” (Celya, 2005), “Manual de Escritura Curativa” (Almuzara, 2010), “La tía que quiero pasa de mí… Y tú riéndote” (Dauro, 2013) and “Doce historias y un secreto” (Eride, 2015) and “Crying Words” (Authorhouse, 2014).
“Songs [Still!] Waiting for a Rock Band”
By Manu Rodriguez
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524632489
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524632502
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524632496
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble