The Soundtrack of a Book

Paul Doiron here—

If you are a reader of my personal blog, this won’t qualify as breaking news, but something very cool has happened in my life as a writer, and I’d like to share it.

The Maine-based folk-rock group, The Pete Kilpatrick Band, has a new album out called Heavy Fire, and I’m humbled to say that closing track is titled “Trespasser.” Pete told me the song was inspired by my Mike Bowditch novels, both The Poacher’s Son and Trespasser. The band has an amazing resume:

The Pete Kilpatrick Band hails from the music mecca of the northeast, Portland, Maine. They have been writing, recording, and performing regularly since 2004 and have released six independent albums to date including their most recent, Heavy Fire (2012). They have been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and have performed over 1,000 shows since their formation, sharing the stage with such notable acts as Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, Guster, Amos Lee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Brett Dennen, The Wailers, Dawes, Blues Traveler, and DJ Logic, among countless others.

As if this isn’t amazing enough, here’s something that really blows my mind. “Trespasser” was mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig of Gateway Studios, the man who cut Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee,” Led Zeppelin II and Houses of the Holy, most of the Band’s famous recordings, and almost all of Bruce Springsteen’s entire catalog of songs—among many, many others.

The song is fantastic (I can’t wait to hear it live). Give it a listen by clicking this link. And buy the album! If you can’t find it locally in Maine stores, you can download it next week. It’ll be available on iTunes on April 24.

I have to admit I was floored when Pete contacted me to say how moved he’d been by my books, moved enough to write a song of his own about them.

Writing is a lonely process. You sit alone for months, sometimes years, with your imaginings, and you put down words hoping that someday another human being will read them and understand what you’d hoped to communicate about your experience of being alive and conscious in the world. When that person is a fellow artist—who takes what you’ve written—and transforms it into something utterly new in a new media, the experience is incredibly humbling, and gratifying.

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7 Responses to The Soundtrack of a Book

  1. Gram says:

    Oh Wow, how wonderful an event in your life. I’m listening to the song again as I type. I love songs where you can understand what the singer is saying. The words here are neat! Dee

  2. Lea Wait says:

    Very exciting, Paul! Thanks for sharing! Lea

  3. Barb Ross says:

    This is just the coolest thing ever!

  4. MCWriTers says:

    So very cool. It’s exciting to see the interactions of writing with the other arts.

    I was at the library in Stoneham Mass last night, and talking about the Maine wardens and someone in the audience mentioned your series and how much they like it. That was so nice to hear.


  5. lil Gluckstern says:

    Lovely and feels very appropriate for your book. How nice that this is happening for you.

  6. Carol-Lynn Rössel says:

    How nifty, Paul! I’ve been taking an advanced audio engineering class at UMA this term and we’re going to Bob Ludwig’s studios this coming Monday to see his legendary mastering setup, and then we go to “The Studio” down the street from him to see THEIR setup. Ludwig is the best in the mastering business. We’re lucky to have him here in Maine. He’s always been generous with his time with the audio engineering students in Augusta. There’s a lot of music talent in this State, and it’s so good some of it connected with you.

  7. Betsy Pohl says:

    The Pete Kilpatrick Band played for the crowd as they awaited the Maine visit from President Obama recently. And in what is surely a career highlight he and his band have been regular performers at Lithgow Public Library’s Summer Concert Series (in Augusta). They are due to return for another concert on July 19th.
    Congratulations, Paul — what a nice tribute to your books!

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