My inbox is overflowing with messages! I will be setting up a new system soon to make it easier to leave messages. In the meantime, here are some with my responses below.
So….Mrs. Amato. Is today an even day or an odd day??
My name is Addison. I read Ur book Guitar Notes and fell in love!
Ya see there’s this smidge of an awkward person in me wanted to become a writer and actress who knows, maybe eve a film director. I have quite an imagination lol!! If You could go back in time to when you we’re writing Guitar Notes…..do u think u could explain what u we’re feeling?
Dear Addison, I try to thrum when I write. I get into character (just like an actor does) and imagine myself as that character. I try to see the world and think the way that character thinks. When it’s going well, I feel very buzzy inside, like I’m thrumming with my character. I hope you finds lots of ways to let that smidge that is in you to keep growing. Write. Act. Direct. Just play. –Mary Amato
From Sam: I loved invisible lines and guitar notes. I sort-of like singing, but how do I get better? I need a higher range.
Sam, you might consider taking some voice lessons. If you can’t, just try to sing lots of different styles of songs and different ranges. Relax when you sing, don’t push it. Keep thrumming!–Mary Amato
I love your books. I have read your book litteraly 5 times. I love the songs you wrote and I write songs myself. I love the idea of thrumming. Just earlier today after I finnished your book for a fifth time. Something inside of me just bubbled up (like when Tripp got the music room) In the middle of the hallway I just burst out singing. I knew right then I was thrumming. You have changed my life with this book. –Abigail
Dear Abigail, a letter like this just keeps me wanting to write more and more. Thanks so much and keep thrumming!
From Ms. Stairs: As our school librarian, I recently read Guitar Notes as part of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award nomination list sponsored by the Kentucky Reading Association. I was blown away by the creativity and sensitivity of this book, and having been a middle school English teacher for eleven years, I have read quite a few. Having said it is the best book I’ve read in at least five years, I convinced our current 8th grade English teacher to read it, and she was brought to tears. She and I immediately agreed to find the funds to purchase enough copies to teach this book to our students this year. We are so excited about them starting it in a few weeks!
Dear Ms. Stairs, I loved hearing this. I hope your students enjoy the book. –Mary Amato
From Carissa: Hi, I just want to say that “Guitar Notes” was probably the best book I have ever read. This book has inspired me so much. This book was full of so much emotion. I always imagined a relationship like Lyla’s and Tripps and when I read this book my imagination came to life. How did you find the inspiration to write this book? Can you please tell me all your thoughts when you was writing this book? And why did you decide to write this type of book? Please tell me EVERYTHING. Thank you for taking your time to read this, I really hope you reply soon.
Dear Carissa, I love your enthusiasm! I can’t tell you everything because I have another book to write! I was inspired by the feeling I get when I sing and I wanted to give this feeling a name–the thrum. May you find and share your thrum! –Mary Amato
I loved your book! Guitar Notes just plain captured my heart… I was already learning how to play guitar and I was loving every lesson, but when I read your book I became evermore passionate about it! I love guitars of every kind and I would love to learn how to play them all…Isabella
Dear Isabella, I love all kinds of guitars, too. Keep thrumming! –Mary Amato
My name is Fabian I am attempting to find the right words to describe the feelings I experienced during Guitar Notes. I am a guitar player myself with continuous practice and limited theory fueling my flamenco/rock style of playing. I however have never written a song. I tend to listen to language in existing music and progressively make changes. Your book however filled a void of socio-emotional feelings I felt growing up. I’ve never had words connect so fluidly with memories. So thank you.
Dear Fabian, I hope you’re inspired to write your own song. I’d love to hear it. –Mary Amato
“She listens to happy new boybands,
I know you love the Beatles and Queen.
I care to much about you,
To watch you fight it out with her.
I can’t just be the little friend
I need to be there till the end.”GREAT JOB!