Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water
Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water, and the accompanying music CD, Sing With Me, Brother, For We Have Sinned.
"It’s the summer of 1995, and in the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is ringing a doorbell and chasing a dream. Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built—successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home—and he wants some of that luck for himself. Jumping the fence, Riley brings the shadows of the past back to Will, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny Southern California scene.
Los Angeles is the city of dreams crashed and burned, and summer simmers as Riley and Will craft an album that could be everything or nothing, while Lena and Riley circle each other ever more tightly. Drummers and bassists, surly singers and eager A&R men pass through, and the mysterious circumstances of Riley’s arrival with a few songs in his pocket and a black Gibson in his hand keep everyone wondering what he really wants, after all this time."
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