Sunday, 8 May 2011

Andrew Relph, author of 'You Get What You Get'

What song would the narrator/protagonist of your story sing at a karaoke bar and why?

Are you joking – this guy goes to the Metropolitan Opera for a good time!

Without being a party pooper or wishing to miss out, the narrator of ‘You Get What You Get’ would not go to a karaoke bar and if he happened to find himself in one would adopt a dignified silence.

As you will find in the story this is not because music and songs are not important to him but because he knows that singing with one’s own voice is a person’s highest calling; that irony and other defences interfere with real relationship; and that celebrity, and more so hollow celebrity, distracts from bona fide merit. By contrast the narrator finds all three of these aspirations to be objectives of literature.

Therefore when it comes to karaoke the narrator wishes to let the poet have the last word:
‘Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter ...’

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