Tell me YOUR story
Many of you will already know "Organ-isms: Anecdotes from the World of the King of Instruments", which was surprisingly popular in English, as well as in its German version as "Die Königin und ihr Gefolge: Anekdoten aus der Welt der Orgel". If you don't know it, you can read an extract on Amazon.com or on the German website Amazon.de
I am now preparing a sequel, which I hope will be equally appealling to organists and our friends and family, organisers and promoters, and anyone who simply doesn't have a clue what organs are about. It will be similarly light-hearted and humorous, but still with a serious purpose. It will be a larger, glossier production, a behind-the-scenes view of organs and organists, using photographs and cartoons, covering these basic sections:
The book is designed to be both entertaining and educational, presented in an appealing, attractive way. Think of all those outrageous or funny comments, stories, faux pas, bloopers, inspirational moments, those times that make you glad or sad that you are an (or were) organist. Alongside will be photos of organ cases, close-ups, and unique features that fascinate us about the instrument and give rise to so many of our anecdotes. In future, if someone wants to know what you do for a living, or why you disappear into a church on dark nights, or wants to know what all those funny-looking white buttons on your music desk are, give them this book.
What kind of story am I looking for? Just about anything. Quick one-line comments may work best in many cases. The sort of comments you get from choirs, clergy, audiences, congregations etc. You will know what I mean. And of course the almost unbelievable things which happen to us all. You CAN remain anonymous but I'd prefer to credit people where possible. Don't spend hours working it into your finest English because I will have to rewrite it to fit in with the flow of the book anyway. Bare bones are just fine, and I will contact you about the final version, and for checking on your part, of course.
DEADLINE: I'd like to get most of the material by Christmas.
Please do think about jotting down something! Even if you contributed to the last book, I still would love to hear from you. It's always a pleasure to correspond with fellow organists. And you will be helping stimulate interest in the organ worldwide.
Any questions? Email or message Jenny, through the contact page on this website!