Happy Bastille Day!
Bastille Day always makes me think of Rush. Although today I seem to have Supertramp's song "It's Raining Again" stuck in my head. For those who don't know, it was their last big hit, appearing on the follow up to their mammoth "Breakfast in America." I also have the Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain Again" sneaking in and out as well. God, I'm old!!! Of course the reason is that every time I look outside my window, the clouds appear darker and more ominous. At least it's not raining men... Hallelujah!
However, in our alternate Wishing Rock reality, it is raining men, for Ruby at least and all but one drop appear to have been acid rain and that happy drop rode in on a storm front from New Zealand . And this is where things get complicated for our beloved narrator Tiffany. Accents can be tricky beasts. It's a fine line between creating a convincing and believable character and a bad caricature. It's easy to whip out a cheezy accent when goofing around with friends and being silly. But in an audiobook, as it is with stage and film, you want the audience to invest in the character and believe in their authenticity. Personally, I have no worries with Tiffany pulling it off, but it does require research and work. And being the perfectionist that she is, she may redo Dan's part a few times before she's satisfied. (I could say the same about Ruby I suppose... :-P [That's for Pip!] Or can I? What awaits our beloved heroine in May!) So last night, we watched an episode of Flight of the Concords, and a few YouTube videos that spotlight a Kiwi accent vs. an Australian accent. To the untrained ear, they may sound similar and yet, they do contain distinct differences.
While we, along with everyone in Wishing Rock, are fascinated by Ruby's experiment with online dating, I thought we might take a listen to Millie's beautiful story of Meriwether and Madeline Brooks and their love at first site.
So once again, Happy Bastille Day! I'll refrain from doing a vintage 70's era Geddy Lee type screech while wailing "There's no bread. Let'em eat Cake!" Although, there are more than a few recipes in our story to satisfy anyone's craving for a tasty baked good. Remember "Letters from Wishing Rock" is more than a novel. It's a novel with recipes. Yummy!