Category Archives: His Master’s Voice

Changing Your Tune

I recorded a radio interview yesterday. We talked a bit about the theme of my new book. Sofia’s Tune has a musical theme to be sure.

Antonio is a vaudeville pianist and church organist who dreams of becoming a concert musician. Sofia’s eccentric aunt harbors some records with the emblem of his master’s voice. And, everyone thinks Antonio’s dog resembles the dog on the labels. He is such a loyal pet, always listening for his master’s voice.

There is a famous musician in the story. He would have been in New York City around that time, and he meets Antonio in a manner that he probably met other struggle musicians.

There is also a family heirloom of sorts. An instrument that Antonio’s father, who had wanted his son to become a musician, had brought over from Italy. And Antonio lives in the building on Varick Street that formerly housed the Steinway & Sons piano manufacturer.

So that’s Sofia’s Tune on the surface. Very musical indeed.His Master's Voice

But with most novels, there is more to it than meets the eye. It’s about changing one’s tune. What does that mean to you? Do you know where the phrase originated? Sofia knows. đŸ˜‰

Today’s Research: Dogs

Or rather the personality of dogs and what people can learn from them. A dog is key in Book Three of my Ellis Island Series. The inspiration is The Master’s Voice advertising icon. That dog is a mixed breed but mostly fox terrier.

I’d love to hear from some dog owners about what spiritual lessons they’ve learned from their dogs. And I have a question: What one thing might someone who doesn’t own a dog and might not really understand dogs learn from YOUR dog?

Talk it up, please.