Books are timeless. Music & Movies: maybe not so much…? by Brian Paone – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Books are timeless. Music & Movies: maybe not so much…?

Books—unlike music or movies—never seem to be dated. My wife made a good point a few days ago when she said that books are truly timeless. Think about it. I grew up listening to a heavy dose of 70s prog rock bands (I still, to this day, will tell you that prog-rock is probably my favorite genre of music, followed closely behind industrial-rock). The soundtrack to my childhood, pre-teen, and high-school years was pretty much exclusively Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, The Who, Rush, Yes, Jethro Tull, Queen, and few others. It wasn’t until recently, and I’m talking within the last few years, that those albums that I loved so much sounded … old. The production, the mastering … the style. It just felt old. This was hard for me to swallow at first. I can’t remember a time in my life where Pink Floyd’s The Wall or Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway or The Who’s Quadrophenia or Electric Light Orchestra’s Face The Music weren’t as much a part of me as wearing pants was. But for the first time, I could see the stains and the fabric being thinner at the knees. These albums might be classic, but I’m not sure anymore that they are timeless.

Film. I watched the movies Soylent Green and And Justice For All for the very first time last month. I know, I’m late to the party. And for the first time, a movie from the 70s felt … old. Maybe it’s because I didn’t see it decades ago, or grew up with it. Some other films from that era like Star Wars, Rocky, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange, and The Godfather don’t feel that old. Maybe it’s because I grew up on a steady diet of these films, so it’s hard to see them as an adult. But I can’t imagine Solyent Green is the only film to look like that. I wonder how Papillon would look if I watched it for the first time now. Again, they might classic movies … but they don’t feel timeless anymore.

Books, on the other hand, don’t ever get old. Someone could pick up Stephen King’s Carrie and read it today for the very first time, and it won’t feel like it’s from the mid-70s. Someone who watches Carrie for the first time, will have a hard time getting past the hairdos and quality of the film stock. The book is timeless. It seems that writing a book might be one of the only ways to be immortalized, never aging a single day from its release.

New bands are constantly covering older songs … we live in an age when there is a reboot or remake on almost every movie that was made between 1975 – 1995. But yet, new movies are still being made based on books that were written over a hundred years ago. Timeless. It would be interesting to see someone 200 years from now listen to Yes’ Fragile album for the first time, then watch Blade Runner for the first time, and then read Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth for the first time, and have them try to date which era each came from. I can guarantee that the book will be furthest from the correct release era.

MediaKit_BookCover_YoursTrulyJeff Blue-the victim of a time-travel conspiracy-wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?

J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff’s journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming-something human.

During Jeff’s perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0’s origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.

Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins-a time over one hundred years ago.

Enjoy an excerpt:

J0 stepped aside and finally let me approach the table.

“Oh, no. Not Susan. Oh, God.”

Her face was turned away from the door. She was completely finished from her waist to her head, but there was nothing below her hips. It was as if someone had started building her and just stopped. There were loose wires and metal sticking out of her pelvis, giving the impression that she had been ripped in half and not in the process of being constructed.

My eyes kept returning to the dangling red and blue wires. I thought that they looked like severed veins.

“What is this place?” I screamed.

“Looks like the Man-Delay project was thriving well beyond my knowledge,” J0 said.

“It’s sick, and it’s evil. Who was trying to duplicate her?”

“Probably Junior.”

“Why isn’t she finished? All of the other Man-Delays are just hanging on the walls like marionettes. My poor little Bluebird is unfinished with only half a body. Cruel mother—”

“It’s not really her,” J0 said, grabbing my shoulder for comfort.

I collapsed into J1’s synthetic body.

“But it is. Look at her. She’s perfect from the top of her head to her waist. That’s my little girl!” I yelled, sobbing.

“No, it’s not. That is a copy. Like I am a copy of Julie. It isn’t your little girl. Your little girl is safe in heaven. This is just a pile of wires and metal. She’ll never know what it feels like to cry at the lions at the zoo or to cry when it’s time to take a nap, because she’s not your Bluebird.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_YoursTrulyBrian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel, a personal memoir about his friendship with a rock-star drug addict entitled, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” was published in 2007. Brian’s second novel, “Welcome to Parkview,” was published in 2010 and is a macabre journey through a cerebral-horror landscape. Brian’s latest novel, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was published in 2015 and follows a man who wakes up one morning, trapped in the future, to discover he’s been the victim of a time-travel conspiracy. Brian is married and has 3 children. Brian’s wife is an Officer in the US Navy. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.

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  1. sounds interesting.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. I totally agree with you that generally speaking books are timeless. I also agree with you regarding films. When I look back at movies from the 70’s and 80’s they do seem old and outdated. The hairdos they’re sporting and the clothes that they’re wearing are a dead giveaway. Where I disagree with you is on the music. I’m assuming we’re around the same age because the bands you mentioned are some of my all-time favorites and are the soundtrack of my youth. To me, that music will forever be timeless. I still love to listen to it as much as I did back then and it always invokes great memories. I think even kids today enjoy listing to that style music sometimes. Classic rock is timeless as well as good books and for me that will never change! Awesome post!!

    • I was talking about the “sound” of the music, not the songwriting. I guess it was just over the last year when I started playing The Who and Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens and Electric Light Orchestra and other bands to my kids (* & 6) where I started to notice the production. It sounded dated for the first time. Again, not the song writing, but the sound production of the albums. It, for the first time, “felt” like it was 40 years old. And it had never felt that way before. Maybe because I was playing it for someone who had never heard it before… I don’t know,

  4. Brian … Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • To be honest, I’ve never suffered from writer’s block so bad that it extended past a day or two. And how I overcome it is, when I go to bed at night, I close my eyes and try to figure out a plot-point (any plot-point) in the book, and that usually opens up the floodgates for the current situation that I might be stuck on.

  5. Thank you for having me!

  6. Douglas esper says:

    Congrats on the book. Do you think maybe your ears are tuned to the over-production of today? I’ve noticed that albums with the irregularities in sound that occurred before everything became so digital/cold/precise stick out to me…not in a bad way, just different.

  7. Joshua Houmard says:

    For starters I find your work awesome. What was your inspiration to start writing both music and novels?? I noticed you’ve been doing music for years now but what was it that triggered your inspiration to become a novelist??

    • Some of my all time favorite albums are concept albums, with a plot and characters, and a climax etc: Pink Floyd “The Wall” & “The Final Cut”, Genesis “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, The Who “Tommy” & “Quadrophenia”, Electric Light Orchestra “Time”, Roger Waters “The Pros 7 Cons of Hitchhiking” & “Radio KAOS” and many others. I always loved to write but I always loved music more. But it seemed there were so many stories in these albums, that I use music as my inspiration when I write, through lyrics of concept albums.

  8. The book sounds very intriguing.

  9. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  10. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed reading the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

  11. Really great post I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing the excerpt 🙂

  12. What are some of your favorite movies?

  13. Great guest post, thank you!

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