A Personal Journey Through Song Lyrics and Short Stories
Author's life captured in poetry and rhythm, to be featured at this year's Frankfurt International Book Fair on October 8-12 in Germany
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Evoking emotions from deep within himself, author Peter Chapel pens down his life journey in poetic verses in "Impressions and Reflections." This collection of elegant song lyrics and short stories will take you on an intimate journey through the author's personal life. He writes with a stunning depth of emotion and candor, unafraid to lay bare his feelings. He combines his poetic eye and ear for a tune to offer a rhapsodic collection in this book. His lyrics are highly rhythmic and evocative, yet exude a subtle simplicity of language and style. The poetry and stories are so very personal and nice – and at times humorously recalled.
Chapel's song lyrics were a consequence of being a captive in his automobile twice a month from 1978 to 1981 while driving eight hours at a stretch, mostly at night. As the words formed phrases and sentences, they fell into a rhythm and evolved into melodies that became his form of self-expression for about two years.
Writing in the first person singular seemed the easiest way to go… and so he did. Because he had no musical training, he depended on a friend to transcribe the songs from tape to lead sheet form and piano accompaniment.
About the Author
Peter Chapel was born in Manitoba, Canada, and moved to New York City at age 18. He served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II, with two years overseas in the Persian Gulf Transport Command. He attended UCLA under the GI Bill of Rights, and has been a resident of Santa Monica, California since 1951. Home improvement and landscaping have been his main hobbies, primarily out of necessity. He has been happily married for 40 years. He continued to drive to his Santa Cruz mountain work retreat for a weekend, and later a week, each month for 45 years. All the work in planning, labor, construction and landscaping on the seven acres of redwood jungle and a rickety little cabin was his own until the earthquake of 1989.
At this stage in his life, the second half of his octogenarian decade, he has embarked on reliving the highs and the lows of his long life in tranquility by writing his "memoirs of an average man in our blessed land of the free, encountered and recorded, in brief, with documentation."
Impressions and Reflections by Peter Chapel
Publication Date: 2014
Price: $7.56; 84 pages; ISBN 9781618565501