Thoughts on Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story. “Just another hill, Isaac. Just another damned hill!”
The echoey sounds of stretching and cracking ice filled the inlet. The surround had become an arena, an eternal, unearthly battleground. The white whale broke the surface slowly. Inching forward, it broke the ice ahead of it, sending mountainous shards into the starry night.
Carney clutched his ATK. He spun to Isaac standing at Carney’s right. “Just another hill, Isaac. Just another damned hill!”
Carney ran at the immensity, screaming as he did at Fort Wagner. He threw the harpoon with great impetus and David-like faith. The ATK stabbed into Moby Dick’s advancing head, dead center, about thirteen-feet up from its upper mandible. Isaac wondered if the lance had penetrated the distal sack.
I’m a Composer. Those who want me to add “author” to my business card mean well. Before I studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, I sat in the back of Corpus Christi Church. At age 19, and in one long sitting, I penciled, “Only for Now.”
“That’s it,” I thought. I have divested myself of the burden. “Now, I must learn about Music.” Years later, I composed Ahab, for Actor & Wind Ensemble. We made a fine recording of it in Leipzig, ten years to the day after the Wall had come down. (Stormworks Chapter 2: Wende.) Actor, Kurtwood Smith enacted all of Ahab’s lines from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Needing to share more of the backstory, I took to book-writing again and penned Ahab, a Love Story. For me, it is as Romantic as one could ever get. “Good!” I thought. Mission accomplished. Back to Music.
This Christmas Season of 2019, on the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, and the anniversary of my Mom’s passing, I completed, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story. For me, the novel is Romance and Adventure at the highest. It completes a trilogy of stories. Ahab, a Love Story, Melville’s, Moby Dick, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story.
Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story, a 280-page Novel from my heart to yours, will be coming in 2020. Watch for it. If you haven’t read Ahab, a Love Story, and you are a fan of Love Stories, Adventures on the High Seas, and Melville’s Moby Dick, this is a must-read.
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Enjoy & Godspeed!
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