Timothe Davis finds he shares the same perspective about music with his character.
Jordan (the main character in the book) and I both share the perspective that there is a song for EVERYTHING that happens in life. Musicians have managed to capture life’s joys and pains, perhaps, better than any other artists.
Having said that, this is a difficult question. Far too many songs have resonated with me for a variety of different reasons. But to name a few, in no particular order …
1. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera) – I lost my sister to cancer. And while she was strong throughout, I knew that deep inside she battled her own insecurities, and I always wondered if she knew how “beautiful” she really was. To this day, the song makes me teary-eyed.
2. Just Call My Name (Alyson Williams) – It’s a R&B classic that sounds as if it’s romantic. “Just call my name, and I’ll come running,” goes the chorus. Then you see the video and you realize that she’s singing to a child. And suddenly the song is about far more than romance, it’s about all the ones that we loved – friends and family – and how we should be there when they need us.
3. War of the Hearts (Sade) – So poetically captures being in love and being in pain, needing to end a relationship and not knowing how to do so. It’s an amazing song!
4. Dust in the Wind (Kansas) – When I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to be bored. If I said to my mother, “I’m bored,” she would say something like “read a book” or “go find something to do”. This song reminds me that life is fleeting and time is valuable. It shouldn’t be wasted. We are all here for just a moment; we are all dust in the wind. I had a GF who used to say, “Time is my most valuable possession.” She was a wise lady; and it’s a true statement.
5. The Hurting Time (Annie Lennox) – The song is about introspection, taking a hard look at ourselves, and all our “shit”. Peeling the layers of who we are and why we tick isn’t easy, and this song reminds me of that difficult but important process. Not everyone takes the journey of self-discovery. But everyone should. By understanding how and why we tick, our strengths and our weaknesses, we become better people.
When friendships are threatened, how far will you go to protect it?
Jordan Spencer is thirty-six and hasn’t had a relationship that’s lasted more than six months. He’s cool with that, though. He’s got space issues. And what difference does it make anyway? He has his two best friends Gabby and Chris for happy hours, clubs, and weekend hangouts. But Gabby is falling for a guy that Jordan doesn’t like and Chris – the sex-machine – is having a phallic crisis. Jordan thought that their friendship would last forever. But with each day, they drift further apart. Without Gabby and Chris at his side, Jordan finds himself facing his own emotional loneliness. Should he fight for the friends who have become his family? Or has the season of their friendship passed? Jordan Spencer will learn that in a world full of swingers, lies, and drag queens, even the best of friends occasionally lie to each other. Sometimes they cry for each other. But in the end, sometimes you just gotta laugh …
Timothe Davis is a music-loving, martini-drinking, night owl. He spends his days confined within the walls of corporate America but (not so) secretly harbors dreams of writing best-sellers and getting books adapted to movies. Thank God he’s wise enough to have a 401K plan. You can find him wandering around his loft most times of the night. His friends say his sarcasm belies a warm heart and he’s tried MATCH.com not once but twice. Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh is his first novel. It’s a fictional story of love, friendship, acceptance, and the journey we take to make ourselves better each day. He hopes that those who purchase it will enjoy reading it as much as he enjoyed writing it.