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In my effort to be more active on social media and my website, I’m starting with the year’s first Music Monday. When writing, I nearly always listen to music. In fact, I struggle to switch my brain into writing mode without it. As I started writing on the fourth Howerty novel, I had Spotify on random, and in the middle of a chapter, I reacted as I heard a familiar voice… in an unfamiliar song.

It was the voice of Tommy Körberg, a Swedish singer who has a long and impressive career in musical theatre and other singing endeavours. A national treasure, that man. If you’ve ever heard the songs of the old musical Chess, he is one of the lead singers. At his prime, his voice was absolutely amazing. (There’s a clip on YouTube of him with Celine Dion, where he surprised her with his singing chops… she thought she was just singing a duet with a random Swedish dude, and then this guy starts singing! You can see the surprise on her face.)

Anyway, I loved finding this song because Dead by April is a metal band. This particular song is a ballad, but it still amuses me that they convinced Tommy to join them (who was if not 70 at the time, at least approaching it when they recorded it).

The lyrics speak to me as well, as they feel a lot like how I see Marcus, the hero of the fourth Howerty novel, and as such, this has kind of become my anthem for that book.

What do you think?