Guest Blogger: George Earl Parker ‘Vampyre Blood: Eight Pints of Trouble
I am a huge fan of country music so you can imagine what a thrill it was when I found out George Earl Parker was going to guest blog today at Literarily Speaking. I mean, okay, it’s not the fact that he’s the fantastic author of a new book called Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble (it’s so new Amazon doesn’t even have the cover up at this point but don’t let that stop you from purchasing!) and it’s not the fact he’s touring everywhere (his single The Rebel in Me is currently #2 in Sweden, #16 in Norway, #21 in the United Kingdom and #38 in Denmark) but just maybe it’s the fact I’m so excited he’s going to talk about how songs can be interwoven in with his book, Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble.
I’ll let Earl explain…take it away Earl…
Songs by George Earl Parker
I’ve just completed a book called Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, which is a crazy romp through New Orleans with a cast of characters seeking a place in history where they can relax and be themselves. It’s not an uncommon pursuit; we are all involved to some degree in searching for shelter from the storm.
My book however, is distinguished by the fact that chief among these seekers of enlightenment is the ultimate bad boy himself, none other than Count Dracula.
What sets him apart from most everyone else involved in this search is not that he’s a reformed vampyre, or that he’s over 450 years old. It’s that he’s playing violin in a Goth rock band called The Techno Zombies, and searching for an answer to where he came from; a most human quest.
The fact that he endeavors to find himself through music is not unique. It is something we all do. Music and song elevate the soul, taking us to places within ourselves, places we would have no access to without them.
Songs are metaphors for that which cannot be said easily. They add up to more than the words in them, and at their best they are feelings transmitted through emotion. So it’s no surprise that the Count is attracted to their allure; they represent the light of consciousness.
Freed from his hunger he is able to see for the first time that he has been a prisoner of habit bound to the heart of darkness by a force so strong, he needed supernatural help to escape its confinement.
We are all attracted to songs that help us achieve freedom from some pesky preoccupation that refuses to let us go. My latest song is titled, Out of The Ice, and from the reception it’s getting it appears to be one of those songs that is greater than the sum of its parts.
It’s not that songs are going to ride in and free us from ourselves, but they do help us to understand the corners we paint ourselves into. Whether it’s joy or sadness, love or pain, heartache or desire, somebody’s been there before, and left behind a map of the territory.