Hey, guys! I know we're already operating on holiday hours around here—a.k.a. only posting for IWSG—but I thought I'd jump on the chance for us to learn from SIGGY himself. The one, the only, Mark Koopmans...
It’s the last week (wow, that went fast) of the REVIVAL – The Donald Braswell Story Tour. Thanks, Carrie, for hosting me, and in case you don’t know, Carrie is the Graphics Goddess who designed REVIVAL’s cover.
(And, now for a well-deserved plug: When *you* desire design services, check out her one-stop shop website here)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Carrie asked for five tips when interviewing guests.
Thanks Carrie for having me by, and that was fun remembering some of my favorite features. Tomorrow, we’re heading to Mexico, where Al Diaz wants to know about the emotions involved in writing a memoir.
Thanks back at you, Mark! And for all of you lovely folks at home, be sure to scroll down to learn more about REVIVAL, Mark's debut book, and enter to win some fantastic prizes!
Five years removed from his 1990 Juilliard graduation, Donald Braswell is set to be “the next Pavarotti.” Braswell’s successful career ends, however, not with a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, but alone, lying in a dirty ditch.
Following the hit-and-run accident that steals his voice and future, the “Texas Tenor” struggles with depression and despair—until the night his daughter, Aria, is born. Understanding this new and immediate life change, Braswell fights to relearn how to speak, sing—and share this gift of second chances with others.
Working as a plasterer, a car salesman, and many jobs in-between, it takes thirteen years—and a musical miracle—for Braswell to battle back and sing on a professional stage. His dreams and ambitions collide with a tired and angry crowd when he auditions for America’s Got Talent. For his family, his faith and his entire future, can the Rocky Balboa of the operatic world find the courage and strength to win just one more fight?
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