We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We are Speaking of Music!

Lady Catherine De Bourgh

“What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.”

“We are speaking of music, Madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply.

“Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I must have my share in the conversation, if you are speaking of music. There are few people in England, I suppose who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.”   Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

 

 

I have often wondered what was required of a young lady to become a great proficient during Jane Austen’s time. Jane Austen, 1775-1817, studied the pianoforte until she was age twenty-one. As we know from reading her novels, music was an integral part of her stories. Several of her heroines played the instrument and sang, not to mention that her characters often attended balls and assemblies or concerts.

I suspect that Georgiana Darcy may have begun her musical studies at a very young age. While her first teacher may have been her governess, as she grew older and showed more promise, her father, and later her brother, would have engaged Masters who resided in London to serve as her tutors. 

“Oh! Yes—the handsomest young lady that ever was seen; and so accomplished!—She plays and sings all day long.”  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

To become truly accomplished on the Pianoforte, a young lady such as Georgiana might have easily practiced five or six hours a day, much like university music majors do today. Her technical studies may have included the older masters such as J.S. Bach, C.P.E.Bach, G.F. Handle, and Domenico or Alessandro Scarlatti. Then she would have been introduced to more contemporary masters such as Clementi, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. In addition, she would have had vocal studies where she would have been expected to learn Italian arias and popular ballads written by English composers.

C.P.E.Bach
Maria Theresia von Paradis

In Darcy’s Melody, I have allowed several proficient musicians to join the cast of supporting characters and I would like to introduce them to you here. For example, in chapter one, we first hear of Herr Schneider, Georgiana’s music master, from her days at school. Coming from a German descent, I envisioned him as having lived in Hamburg where he studied with the notable C.P.E. Bach before immigrating in his later years to London where he took up his teaching position.

Then, in Chapter Two, I mention the acclaimed blind composer from Vienna, Maria Theresia von Paradis, 1759-1824. In my story, she happens to be a summer guest of the Darcys’ cousin, Lady Jessica Helmsley. In reality, Miss Paradis was a personal friend of Mozart and toured extensively in Europe as well as London.

At the hospital concert, in chapter six, Georgiana and her friend Lady Lilyan perform Miss Paradis’ composition, the beautiful Sicilienne. https://youtu.be/LAjkBVlZZho This particular recording of Sicilienne happens to be arranged for the flute and harp and interestingly, was performed on the cello for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

Thomas Moore
Sir Henry Bishop

As for Elizabeth Bennet, while she has not had the opportunity to study formally like her friend, Georgiana, in Darcy’s Melody we find that she has an inherit gift for singing. Her strength comes through her interpretation of the ballad song which was very popular during Jane Austen’s time.

Several of Lizzy’s songs happen to be written by Irish favorite, Thomas Moore, 1779-1852, whose poetry was well known not only in Ireland, but in England. Another of her songs was written by English composer, Sir Henry Bishop, 1786-1855, who became the music director and composer in residence of Covent Garden around 1810. Mr. Bishop was known for his ever popular English Ballad Operas and makes a guest appearance during the course of my story. 

 

Now that you’ve read a few of my thoughts on music during Jane Austen’s time, I would like to share the opening scene from Darcy’s Melody. This scene will be followed by some additional thoughts presented by two gentlemen who find themselves attracted to the very lovely Bennet sisters. Enjoy!

Book Blurb:

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice comes Darcy’s Melody. In the year 1811 the war with France continues to rage, sending many injured men home to England where accommodations are limited. Raising funds to build an additional structure at the London Hospital for the wounded has become a top priority for Lady Eleanor Fitzwilliam, Countess of Matlock. She has not only enlisted members of the ton to assist with her committee, but women who are well-known throughout the trade community. It is within this endeavour that Elizabeth Bennet and Georgiana Darcy meet through a mutual love of music. This is the story of how music and friendship bring two families together, challenging Fitzwilliam Darcy to embrace a new melody within his heart. 

From Chapter One

Under the Cover of Books London

 

Tuesday, 21 May 1811

Early afternoon

Ballard’s was an eclectic treasure trove of rare first editions and unusual books located on the thoroughfare of Piccadilly. Although it appeared somewhat dingy and dimly lit from the outside, inside the ageing building the atmosphere was inviting, and a vast array of literature beckoned lovers of the written word.

Promptly at one o’clock, Fitzwilliam Darcy entered the bookshop and walked directly towards his favoured section. While paging through a military war journal, he instinctively glanced toward the back of the shop. Even with several patrons milling about the establishment today, Darcy’s eyes were drawn to a young lady who appeared to be examining a small book in the poetry section.

Closing the journal, Darcy ambled over to where the woman stood and began perusing the titles on a nearby shelf. After taking a book in hand, he purposely turned his head towards the young lady. Captivated by her large, dark emerald-green eyes sparkling with mischief, he felt his lips curve into a half smile when she spoke.

“Pray, sir, may I trouble you to hand me the book of Cowper poetry on the upper shelf?”     

Darcy nodded. “With pleasure. Cowper is an excellent choice.” 

As he reached for the book, she continued, “One poem in particular reminds me of Oakham Mount in Hertfordshire. I find I am rather desirous of its solace today if only through the eyes of the poet.”

Handing her the book, he answered in kind. “I understand your sentiments for I, too, am from the country and have longed to return to Derbyshire.”

Arching an eyebrow in his direction, she inclined her head and said, “I thank you, sir.” 

“You are most welcome.”  

As she turned the pages of her selection in search of the poem, Darcy heard the young lady gasp when both of her books slid out of her hands and onto the floor. “Oh dear,” she sighed, stooping down to retrieve them.

“Allow me,” he immediately offered. Both reaching for the books, Darcy felt her small, warm hand carefully slip a folded piece of paper into the palm of his own. The young lady had not replaced her glove after perusing her own book, and her skin was soft to the touch. Leaning closer, the faint scent of lavender seemed to strengthen, causing his chest to tighten and his heart to quicken in response.

Feigning innocence, she looked up at him and said, “Again, sir, I am in your debt. Perhaps I should make my purchases before I have another mishap.”

“Permit me to carry these to the desk for you.”

Acknowledging his offer with a slight curtsey, the young lady whispered, “Sir, I think we are being observed.” Then speaking louder, she added, “Thank you again. You are most kind.”

“Your servant.” He bowed. With his senses heightened from being forewarned of impending danger, Darcy spoke softly in return, “How did you come? I would not have you leave here unescorted.”

“There is a carriage waiting, sir. A manservant is nearby and a maid is within.”

“Then leave now and be careful.”

From Chapter Three

A Musical Interlude

At this point in the story, Lady Matlock has suggested Georgiana become involved in some aspect of her charity project. Part of her charity outreach involves a series of weekly concerts for the benefit of the wounded at the London Hospital. Following, their clandestine meeting in the first chapter, Darcy and Elizabeth have since been properly introduced, although there has been no mention of what took place on that particular day. As you may suspect, Darcy has reservations involving his sister with two women who are currently residing in Cheapside, despite his overwhelming attraction to Elizabeth.

London Hospital

In anticipation of Tuesday’s afternoon concert, all parties had been looking forward to their outing at the London Hospital. Noting their arrival, the Bennet sisters were pleased to see the Darcys and Mrs. Annesley, who were accompanied by two additional guests. Once Mr. Charles Bingley and Lady Lilyan Ashbourne were introduced, the sisters directed everyone to the visitors’ section of the Dining Hall. Promptly at two o’clock, Elizabeth stepped forward to preside over the musical offerings.

Following a lively Jacobite Marching Tune, which was well known by the attending soldiers, Elizabeth called on Jane to join her in a traditional ballad, Greensleeves. One could not help but notice the favourable response from the young men in the audience when Jane stepped forward to offer her lovely lyrical verses against Elizabeth’s richer alto harmony. Jane’s beauty, elegance, and serenity presented a vision that was soothing to their weary souls.

Similarly affected was Charles Bingley. “Darcy, why did you not tell me I would be entertained by an angel this afternoon?” he whispered. “She is the most beautiful creature I have ever beheld.”

“Bingley, you are hopeless.” For those who knew Charles Bingley, it was not uncommon to hear him express those same sentiments whenever he met an attractive woman.

Greensleeves was all my joy,

Greensleeves was my delight;

Greensleeves was my heart of gold,

And who but my Lady Greensleeves….

Elizabethan, 1580s https://youtu.be/x4vq0ooafyM

After finishing their duet, Elizabeth announced she would perform a Scottish ballad. Singing tender words for a love who had departed, the listener could not help but be drawn into the imagery painted by the poetry and Elizabeth’s soothing voice.

O, my love is like a red, red rose,

That’s newly sprung in June;

O, my love is like a melody

That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lad,

So deep in love am I;

And I will love thee still, my dear,

Till all the seas go dry….

Robert Burns, 1794 https://youtu.be/JPDdebh9JfM

If anyone had observed Fitzwilliam Darcy during her singing, they would not have missed how he, too, was affected by her performance. Despite his good intentions to remain apart, Darcy’s resolve proved insufficient once Elizabeth began to sing. The melody itself was haunting and the heartfelt emotion with which she sang drew him into her world of song. Upon finishing, not a sound could be heard in the hall until Elizabeth humbly dropped her head, signaling the end.

Later in the same chapter

Darcy House

Proceeding through the hallway leading to the study, Bingley found he could contain himself no longer. “Darcy, did you see her face when she was singing?”

Darcy rolled his eyes, knowing what was to follow. “Yes, I did.”

“The lilt of her sweet voice penetrated my very soul. And when we talked, she smiled at me as though I were the only man in the room. I could hardly bear it. And did you see her beautiful golden hair? I had to restrain myself from touching her long curls.” Darcy opened the door while Bingley continued to enumerate the many charms of Miss Bennet.

“Darcy, I would certainly like to call on her!” he exclaimed.

“What is this?” questioned the colonel with a look of curiosity as the two gentlemen entered the study where he had been waiting.       

“Bingley is besotted with Miss Jane Bennet after only one meeting,” Darcy grumbled. “She was introduced to my friend here during one of your mother’s charity functions for the London Hospital, not more than three hours ago. I tell you, he falls in and out of love faster than any man I have ever met.”

The colonel let out a noticeable chuckle. “So I have heard.”

“She is an angel on this earth if ever I saw one!” Bingley proclaimed.

“She smiles too much,” commented Darcy rather dryly.   

“Smiles too much! Why her smile is warm and inviting and her.…”

“Richard,” interrupted Darcy. “Before Bingley pledges his undying love to Miss Jane Bennet, do you think you could enlighten my friend here on the great disadvantages associated with the pursuit of that particular young woman?”

“Darcy, I protest!”

“Bingley,” the colonel began. “As much as I love a pretty face, there is some merit in my cousin’s assertion. According to Mother, the Bennet ladies come from a small estate in Hertfordshire which is entailed away to a second cousin of their father upon his death. They have little portion of which to speak and would definitely be frowned upon by any member of the ton, given such a situation. If either of these women wishes to secure a future, they must aspire to raise their prospects by aligning themselves with a man of means, which makes you, my dear fellow, the perfect prey.”

“Not to mention,” Darcy added, “an alliance with a woman in such a position has negative consequences which could equally affect your sister’s prospects for making a good match.”  

“Darcy, you are ahead of yourself,” stated Bingley. “I certainly have no intention of marrying Miss Bennet after one meeting! I simply found the woman I met today to be quite charming, and I would like to know her better. At any rate, I shall see Miss Bennet again at the Matlocks’ dinner party, and that is the end of it.”     

“It appears you are overruled, Cousin. I must confess, I am heartily looking forward to meeting both of the lovely Bennet ladies myself.” 

Darcy muttered, “Shall I call forth the reading of the marriage banns for you as well?”

“Enough! I will not hear any more censure of Miss Bennet or her sister. Gentlemen, I must be off. Caroline is expecting me to join her and the Hursts for an early dinner, to be followed by a viewing of an art exhibit. I shall see both of you on Friday. Darcy, my friend, I thank you for a very delightful afternoon!” Bowing, he finished with a broad grin and left.     

 

 

Now for my giveaway!

Thank you so much Austen Authors for hosting me here today. I have been a long time follower of your blog, and I hope your readers have enjoyed my guest post. In appreciation, I’m giving away two eBook copies of a Darcy’s Melody (international) as well as one print copy accompanied by a DM tote bag. (USA and Canada) Please leave your comments below and feel free to include any thoughts you may have about your favourite music, as I would dearly love to hear from you. Jen Red. 

 The giveaway ends at midnight EST on Thursday, September 27, 2018. 

If you would like to hear any of Lizzy’s songs, including the ones reference above, I have recorded all of them as well as a book trailer for YouTube. https://youtu.be/aFwhPuzl5EE

In addition, I would like to share Darcy’s Melody in pictures on my Pinterest page. https://www.pinterest.com/jenred88/darcys-melody/

Lastly, here is the Amazon link to my book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GKRXHNN/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1534507057&sr=1-1&keywords=Jennifer+Redlarczyk

 

 

    

58 Responses to We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

  1. I remember when you were posting this story on AHA, there was a song you linked on YouTube which seemed familiar to me – – and then I realized that I had sung it as a voice minor in college over 30 years ago. I couldn’t remember today what it was, so I checked your YouTube videos. It was When Love is Kind. Fun to remember music from that long ago!

    I wasn’t able to get very far with your story on AHA – – I think RL got in the way – – so I would love to win the giveaway!

    • Thanks Randi for stopping by! How fun you remember my song, When Love is Kind. The words are by Thomas Moore. In the story, Lizzy sings this song when she is teasing Darcy into singing. A fun scene. I hope you have a chance to finish my story. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red
      When Love is Kind if anyone else is interested. https://youtu.be/nBphJ3WJq4A

  2. That’s a very entertaining excerpt that you shared, Jennifer. The first chapter intrigues me to know what is going on between Darcy and Elizabeth. And a besotted Bingley in love with Jane Bennet already. Well Darcy will be next and he can eat his own words when he proposes to marry Elizabeth.

    I love musical scores and soundtrack from films and tv series that I enjoyed watching. I don’t really prefer pop or rock songs but if they are catchy, I listen to them as well.

    • Hi Lúthien, I’m glad you enjoyed my excerpts and yes, Darcy will eat his words when he proposes, as usual. Background music makes all the difference when we watch TV or movies. The soundtracks are awesome and add so much to the drama of the story. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

  3. I met my own Mr. Darcy about 40 years ago, and we fell in love accompanied by beautiful music. We bonded over shared and varying opinions of many compositions and vocalists and he introduced me to some great enjoyment, so I can really identify with this story. Once upon a time, I sang decently and often (practice did make a difference even then). My vocal cords, along with a few other parts of my body, have changed with age, so I no longer sing in front of others, but only to myself. However, I’ve never lost my enjoyment of many different types of music, from classical to Broadway to rock and roll, and I intend to continue til the end. Thank you for another lovely visit to a beautiful time and place.

    • Cheryl, what a beautiful story of you and your husband enjoying music together. I understand what you mean with body parts not working quite as well as they used to. I still sing, but definitely not as high as I once did. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

    • Thanks Elaine, I remember you saying that you were a performance minor in college. Maria von Paradis must have been an amazing woman for her times, with composing and concertizing despite her blindness. I had a lot of fun reading about various composers during Jane Austen’s time when searching out music for DM. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  4. I absolutely loved reading this when you originally posted it! Can’t wait to read again! When it comes to music… Well I LOVE most all music. My fav is Christian rap! But I love everything with the exception of polka! Had some bad nightmares during my first pregnancy 16 years ago when our neighbors played it all night and super loud… Never could hear it again.

    • Hi Alisha, thanks for stopping by. Your polka story is funny, I can imagine your neighbors were having a party. I hope you get a chance to read my story again. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

    • Hi Robin, I also love stories where we have a little music and its fun to include our passion when we write. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

  5. I’ve been circling around Darcy’s Meldody a couple times now but haven’t read it as yet. Thanks for sharing the excerpts…they made me even more curious to read the story!

    As to music…it has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents always tell me I was singing children’s songs in full long before I could speak in complete sentences, something I could never really believe until I had my daughter who is just like me in that aspect.
    Over the years I learned and taught myself to play several instruments and I used to sing in school and church choir. I’m especially thankful that I got to play the violin because it brought classical music to my notice in a way it wouldn’t have otherwise.
    I don’t play and sing as much today as I used to because there’s just not enough time between husband, kids and work but there’s always some kind of music playing in our house…whether it’s the children CDs, my country music or my husband’s traditional bavarian music and it really makes my heart flow over when I see my love for music continue in my children…

    • Kathy, Thanks for stopping by. I love your musical background. I also play the violin. In fact, I teach voice, violin and piano and was a vocal performance major in college. I know you’ll have a great time over the next years sharing your love of music with your children. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  6. I love music almost as much as I love reading. I have loved Elvis since I was about 7 and still regularly play his cds. My one regret is that I never got to travel to America to see him live and he never came to England. I do like lots of others including Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Marx Taylor Swift & Rick Springfield to name a few
    I hope the Colonel isn’t planning on torturing Darcy by pursuing Elizabeth. I do look forward to reading this but please don’t enter me in this giveaway as I am lucky enough to have won a copy on Meredith’s post 🙂

    • Glynis, congratulations on wining one of my eBooks and thanks for taking the time to stop by here. I also love Elvis and in the way back sang backups for a Elvis impersonator. It was SO much fun. We made recordings and sang at festivals. I hope you enjoy reading my book and the colonel is not a rival in this one. He is an anchor for Darcy in some of his darkest moments. Jen Red

  7. My PB copy has been ordered and is on its way to me as we “speak,” and I very much look forward to enjoying it. I tried to follow it on D&E but am not very good at reading in serial form.

    When I was in grade school I was a member of the chorus (Ah, the old days … if I sing now I can send elephants stampeding!) singing second soprano, and every year we went to a local shopping mall to entertain Xmas shoppers. One of our favourite carols was What Child is This — the lyrics set to the tune of the traditional English Greensleeves (which amazingly I had never heard before). And this was when I learned that it was common practice to write new lyrics, esp Xmas carols, to traditional tunes.

    Many thanks, JenRed, for sharing this excerpt, and your love of music in all these enjoyable videos, and for your generous giveaway. (Didn’t your giveaway originally end on September 19?) With all best regards …

    • Hi Janis, I love that you have fond memories of singing with a group when you were younger. I think any large music organization is a wonderful activity for students while they are in school. It really helps balance the academics. I agree, Greensleeves is a beautiful melody and several composers have used the theme in their compositions over the ages. I hope you enjoy my book. Thanks for stopping by. Jen Red (The 19th was the close date for Meredith’s blog.)

  8. Thank you for the preview to Darcy’s Melody. I particularly like the scene where Elizabeth slips a note into Darcy’s hand. It was a wonderful surprise to have the musical links embedded in your sample. Greensleeves had always been one of my favorite songs to fall asleep to.

    • Thanks Kate, I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpts. That opening scene is so fun. And thanks for checking out the music links. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  9. Thank you for sharing an excerpt of ypuir new book and thank ypu for this opportunity.

    I can imagine Lizzie having a musical talent for singing enhanced her abilities to play the piano as well. Since she can hear the notes of the song she sings, she just needs to translate it and apply in the piano.

    It is amazing how some have an inherent talent to hear music and write them or play them….

    • Hi Buturot! Being a vocal major in college, I couldn’t resist having Lizzy sing. Although her expertise is not as polished as Lady Clarissa who sings later in the story, she loves the written word and can easily convey that when she sings. As a teacher, I meet students with varying abilities but I take the attitude that each person can make progress and enjoy their singing. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  10. Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who has left comments so far. I LOVE reading about your favorite music and your comments are awesome. Jen Red

  11. I love Darcy’s Melody! I learned so much reading the footnotes, listening to the music and enjoying your photos and pictures. All the little things you include really add to enjoyment of story.
    Thank you for giveaway and tote so beautiful.

    • Hi Linda, I so pleased you like my story and took time to check out some of the pictures and music. The tote bag is really nice. I made it with Photobucket a while back, before they got greedy. Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by. Jen Red

  12. Welcome to the blog! It’s good to see you here! <3

    I don’t listen to music when I’m writing or preparing to write, though I have written a couple stories based on songs. 🙂 My favorite musical genre is country, and my second favorite is praise and worship music. It’s hard to find country p&w, though, so most of what I listen to there is pop/rock kind of stuff. 🙂

    • Hi Zoe and thanks for the welcome. Country and P&W are both great, but like you say hard to find a combination of both. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  13. I loved this story so much that I bought the book, and have read it again and will read it again and again. I love the music chosen and the sweet love story between Darcy and Lizzie.

    • Aw Carma, you are so kind to say so. I’m happy you like my book so well and thanks for your help as I was writing and posting my story on the D&L forum. Jen Red

  14. I would love to read this book! Robbie Burns is a favourite of my parents and I had ‘A Red Red Rose’ playing at my wedding ceremony! Thank you for sharing the video too, that was lovely to watch and listen to.

    • Hi Claire, How beautiful you had a version of R Burns’ song being played at your wedding. It must have brought tears to many whether they were familiar with the music or not. Thanks for listening to my video and good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

    • Hi Linda, I’m with you.Chamber music is awesome and so very characteristic of the Classic Era when Jane Austen lived. With the industrial revolution more instruments were available to the masses, and it was not unusual for chamber music to be played in the home. Good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

    • Hi Cindy, You are a girl after my own heart as I LOVE Broadway. Some of my students were in Hunchback over the summer and it was so awesome.One of my students played Quasi Motto and two others who graduated HS played the other two mail leads. I wonder if this link will show here. It it does you will here some very awesome singing from Lucas and Jacob. Good luck with the give away. Jen Red https://youtu.be/0jvkIFJzKoI

  15. As a girl I took piano lessons for many years and then taught for a few years. (Although I doubt I would be a ‘true proficient’ per LC’s standards …) I adore the idea of a love of music being the unifying theme in a book and in a romance, and would feel most lucky indeed to win the paperback and bag. My heart is tugged strongly by a simple Irish or Scottish ballad. I own the lovely soundtracks to the Paltrow adaptation of “Emma” and to “Becoming Jane.” Thanks for sharing the excerpts.

    • Sallianne, Thanks so much for stopping by. Lady Cat always cracks me up because she has such discerning tastes, yet never studies herself. I think you will really like the music theme in my book and how it brings so many in the cast together. I,too, love Irish and Scottish ballads and had so much fun looking for songs that suited my story. If you have a chance, please check out my YouTube link. I recorded almost all of Lizzy’s songs. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

    • Hi Chelsea! I’m glad you liked the scenes and I hope you get a chance to read the rest of my story. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  16. I love this tale and the scene with Richard, Darcy and Bingley is one of my favorites! 🙂 You won’t be disappointed with this story!

  17. Love the excerpt! My favorite kind of music is pop music from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. I can appreciate many styles of music, though. I grew up with a lot of country and gospel, and I’m still fond of both.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Hi Pam! I also love your pop music from the mid seventies to eighties.So many classics and songs that are still popular with many like yourself. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

  18. Loved the excerpt , and can’t wait to read the rest of your book. As for my music genre, I am an ” oldies but goodies” person. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Oldies but Goodies are great! My students at Merrillville HS have several medalies they sing when doing gigs. They just did one called It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that zing. Very cute. I hope you enjoy my book and good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red

  19. If the Colonel and Darcy believe the elder Bennet sisters are too far beneath Bingley, wait until they meet Mrs Bennet. My musical tastes range from Black rebel motorcycle club, Nick Cave, Springsteen, rock and roll, and the blues

    • Hi Vesper, Thanks for stopping by. Interestingly, the Bennets don’t come into the story until chapter 14. In this tale Darcy gets to know Lizzy without their presence in the beginning which makes for a fun twist later on. Love your variety of selections. Since I teach Music Appreciation I have the chance to listen to a variety of styles. Good luck in the give away. Jen Red

  20. There is so much here to learn and consider as well as enjoy that I suppose I could be here for half the day although I do plan to attend church services. I read this story while it was a WIP but have not as yet purchased the published edition. So I will now say thanks for this chance to win it. I plan to listen to some of that music while reading today.

    • Thanks Shiela for stopping by. The published version went through a lot of edits, but it’s pretty much the same story. I always think music inspires and fills in the gaps when we need a lift. Enjoy your listening and good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

  21. Austen Authors, Thanks so much for having me as your guest today! I hope your readers will enjoy my excerpts from “Darcy’s Melody” and what I have to say about music! In Phoenix, AZ there is a wonderful Instrument Museum. When you walk in the front door, there is a large plaque on the wall which says “Music is the Language of the Soul.”

  22. Heleen, Thanks for stopping by! I love the Lakme Duet and have taught The Moldau in my Music Appreciation Class. As for your last selection, I went to a live version of “Wash it Down” on YouTube and I wouldn’t call it a lot of noise. That particular song had a lot or repetition to make the point, but with loads of enerfy. You certainly have a diverse interest in music, which I think is wonderful. Music speaks to us in so many different ways. Good luck with the giveaway. Jen Red

  23. 007 Darcy! I’m very curious about the rest of your book!

    As for my music taste: it’s a bit extreme according to my friends. I enjoy classical music (f.i. Delibes Flower Duet and Smetana’s Moldau) as well as very passionate music from System of a Down and Guano Apes. According to my friends: just a lot of noice, but I guess they don’t feel the passion behind it.

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