Sunday, November 8, 2009

STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron

Sammy Bojar has music in his blood. His grandfather earned his living playing piano with some of music's greats. Sammy has his own dreams of music stardom.

The Tragedy of Wisdom is the name of the band Sammy and his buddies have put together. They have free practice space at the local community center, but things at practice have been pretty rocky lately. First, it was the argument about the band's name. It wasn't everyone's choice, but hey, it's just a name. Then there's the tension about their creative direction. Sammy has been writing the songs for the group almost since they began, but one member never seems to be able to learn the music or remember the words and another member seems intent on becoming the new writer for the band. Just when they may have their big chance in a local Battle of the Bands contest, the group may be breaking apart.

Much to his surprise, music is suddenly not Sammy's only passion. Jen5, his lifelong best friend and budding artist, is fast becoming his girlfriend. Who knew the mix CD he gave her last year really expressed his love and not just his friendship? Fortunately, Jen5 feels the same way so their relationship is heading off toward bigger and better things.

Sammy would like nothing better than to be able to sit down and confide in someone about the mounting pressures in his life. Jen5 seems an obvious choice, but she has her own artistic frustrations and a wacky father to deal with besides. Rick, Sammy's gay band mate, understands the music situation but is clueless about romance. There's always his mom, but lately she's only interested in deep, psychological talks about what a woman wants from sex. That leaves Sammy's grandfather. His connection to reality is questionable even on a good day, but it seems the old man may have more valuable advice to give Sammy then either one ever dreamed.

STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron is for all you budding creative geniuses out there. It's for the readers dreaming of being in a band and making it big. It's for the would-be artists trying to put their passions on paper or canvas despite parents and teachers with their "real" world requirements. Skovron plugs right into the hopes and dreams of every idealistic teen and speaks to them in their own terms.

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