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What’s In A Name?

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August 15th, 2019 Posted 7:44 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about Heart of Barkness?

Mrs. P: The brand new Chet and Bernie? Take it away!

Pete: Well, then, let’s take a look at Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters, a has-been or never-was country music singer.

Mrs. P: Country music? Bernie’s a big fan – as are you, I hear.

Pete: True. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, it more than hints at the wandering minstrel, and there are echoes of the old country song I Am A Pilgrim, recorded many times but never more beautifully than by the Byrds on their Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. I hear you thinking: Pilgrim? Maybe too on the nose? But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose. The famous Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard said country music was three chords and the truth.

Mrs. P: And as readers may not know, Lotty sings a Song For Chet. Let’s go out on that, and see you next month for more of What’s In A Name!

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Some Background …

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May 25th, 2019 Posted 8:23 am

… on the Song For Chet video. (See yesterday’s post.)

People who comes to this page know about Chet’s Friend of the Month. This is like that but on steroids. Heart of Barkness is about a country music singer named Lotty Pilgrim who has dark secrets – not even understood by her – in her past. During the course of the story, she makes up and sings a Song For Chet. It has become a real song and – with the help of you and your member or members of the nation within – we’re going to make a video to go with the song. A video that celebrates our best friends and the two-way emotional connection we have with them. All we need is you to help! (The song lyrics are by Peter Abrahams, music by Mitchell Watkins, producer Robert Edwards.)

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What’s In A Name?

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February 15th, 2019 Posted 8:24 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about we get to HEART OF BARKNESS?

Mrs. P: The next Chet and Bernie, coming July 2 but available now for preorder?

Pete: That’s the one! Specifically, there’s Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters, a has-been country music star.

Mrs. P: Country music? Bernie’s a big fan – as are you, I hear.

Pete: True. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, you might say – well, a bit too on the nose. But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose.

Mrs. P: I understand she sings a Song For Chet.

Pete: Spoiler alert!

Mrs. P: In that case, see you next month for more of What’s In A Name!

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