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City Called Heaven

      City Called Heaven - San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble

Somewhat to my own surprise, in the new millennium I became an author. I really didn’t start writing until about the time I turned fifty, but after buying my first home computer, I found I really enjoyed the process and write a little almost everyday. I now have two published books which are both of the autobiographical/commentary variety, and have completed a fiction piece that I’m trying to decide what to do with, while working on the third part of the autobiographical trilogy.

Writing is a great tool for facing yourself and getting to the heart of the matter. You may not always succeed in finding the truth, but there is something in the attempt that helps one grow and deal with the world. I’m fairly sure I will continue writing as long as I am able.

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Life's  an Art BookThis tomb follows Jim on his personal romp through the second half of the Twentieth Century –and odyssey that brushes up against fame, death and enlightenment, on a journey that is fed by the joys and sorrows of a lifetime in the exploration of musical wonderment. Jim’s a searcher who never quite finds, tut because of the search is led on a unique labyrinth of experience that takes on a real-life Forest Gumpian proportion — and every man’s attempt to lead a creative life outside the music ‘biz’, although he is continually knockin’ on that door.

You will recognize many of the names and faces here, as well as many you would never have heard of otherwise. Conversational in style, you will get a light-heated entertaining look into Conroy’s heart and the times he passes through — from his coming of age in the sixties and the discovery of both the power of music as well as his own power through that medium, to a surprise ending that comes just days before 9-11. You will take the ride of his lifetime, from innocence to the beginnings of wisdom. Enjoy yourself with someone who has had a ‘hell’ of a time trying to get ‘there.

Laura (Sinclair) Carlson
Laura (Sinclair) Carlson Major Conroy Fan
You are capturing memories for me. It is wonderful!
Bruce (Turner) McNeill

Anyway, may I say that at this point, the mere fact that you’re getting in the ocean these days gets a big high five from me.

ISBN 1-930401-10-8

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All books including the limited edition release of my new fiction novel “The Myth of Id” are $15 + $2 shipping. This makes a quite modest total on only $17.00. (American)

If you are in the San Luis Obispo area and want to avoid the shipping cost, e-mail me and perhaps we can work something out.

If you order two books I will send you any one of my cds of your choice free of charge as a bonus.

Of Course Book CoverTitle: “Of Course” A journey to the source Paperback Publisher: Original Intent Publishing (2004) ASIN: B005NFDOMS
TheMythofIdBookCoverIt is possible that what mankind needs is a new myth? It’s been over a millennium since an archetypal analogy poured down the pipe providing pattern to our passion play. Perhaps it’s time a fresh fable forme3d for fold to fancy. Could the old ones, although filled with ancient wisdom,lack a certain relevancy to our whacked out world? After all things have changed a tad – wouldn’t you say? What would Prometheus do with the Atomic Bomb or Icarus say about a man on the moon?

Into this voluptuous void steps our hero, “The Amazing Mr. Id”, a somewhat unlikely candidate for mythic proportions, but the Gods seem to be shining a flashlight into his eyes in order to wake home for KP duty to humanity. Id carrie3s the qualities of the Shaman and the fool, but it’s hard to decipher which is in control at any one moment. Somehow through a combination of innocuous innocence and cosmic clowning,. Id manages to stumble onto a path of profound prophecy for civilization to follow — if they care to wake up in time for breakfast in bed with the divine at the dawn of a new-newfangled age.

Reviews

“Ingenious !” — AY

“I liked it, but then again I wrote it.” –jc

“Remember, wherever you go there you very well are aren’t; you?” –LB

I liked it, but I wish the author would have toned down the alliterative abundance.” –nasty critic in the future

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Musical track: “City Called Heaven” with Vocal Arts Ensemble @Kathamiux International Choral Festival British Columbia

-2nd Place Folk category