| || |
September 10, 2008 - Jim Price
Like many area music fans, I’m looking forward to this Wednesday night’s concert at the
If you like to read, you might be interested in knowing that the opener, Bill Deasy – former singer for signed Pittsburgh-based 90’s band The Gathering Field – is also a published author. Last year, Deasy released his first novel, Ransom Seaborn. And copies of the book should be available for purchase at this Wednesday night’s concert.
I read Ransom Seaborn last month while I was on vacation at the beach. This turned out to be an interesting book, full of unusual twists and turns, and a sad and bizarre ending. The story follows the main character, Dan Finbar, as he enters college and soon befriends the book’s title character, the eccentric Ransom Seaborn. But a brutal plot twist early into the book leaves behind Ransom’s leather-bound writer’s journal and his surviving part-time love interest, Maggie. Dan and Maggie explore the journal together in search of answers, and along the way learn about Ransom’s soul and about themselves. I liked Bill Deasy’s ability to paint pictures with words, as he describes various characters and settings throughout the book’s course. This, of course, is a talent that Deasy also frequently displays in his song lyrics as well.
Musically, expect Bill Deasy to perform songs from his latest CD, The Miles, and perhaps even some old Gathering Field numbers as well. And it is possible that, like last year, Deasy may perform with a full band, which last year included
It should be another great time, as well as one of the last chances to enjoy an outdoor concert during the summer of 2008.
Bill Deasy, during last year's concert at the Railroaders Museum.