Today would have been my grandfather’s 99th Birthday. For me, there is no better way to celebrate his life then to release my second novel Billy’s Cascade on this day.
My grandfather was my best friend growing up, and continued to be until his death in 2006. The values that he taught me carried on into my adulthood. During one of the most crucial times of my life – he was there to pick me up, remind me that life is a journey worth exploring, and to NEVER give up on fulfilling dreams and ambitions.
While the book is fictional, it is based upon the relationship I had with my grandfather, and his amazing life. I hope that you enjoy it, and I thank you all for your wonderful support and well-wishes. Like myself, the main character, Jane, goes through many transformations to ultimately become the person she hopes to be. This book was a project in the making for over ten years of my life, and I am finally glad to be sharing it with all of you today.
As I sit here and look at the copy in front of me, there are so many people to thank and I am grateful for their wonderful words of wisdom. I am also grateful to all of you for being behind this project, and staying with me from the beginning.
In the meantime, I’d like to share with you one of the songs that my grandfather recorded under his stage name Billy Cascade in 1951. Out of all of my grandfather’s recordings, this song means the most to me. He wrote it for my grandmother, and I chose it to be the song that he sings in the night club scene from the book. It served as inspiration for me several times during writing this novel, and now I’d like to share it with you. I also made it so that the song can be applied to Jane as well in the book. You can stream this song on Soundcloud now. It’s called The Night is Young. Enjoy, and see you soon.