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October Song: A Memoir of Music and the Journey of Time

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In the vinyl era, David W. Berner played rock 'n' roll in a neighborhood garage band. Decades later at the age of 57 he enters a national songwriting contest and quite unexpectedly is named a finalist. But there's more. He's called on to perform the song live at a storied venue for Americana music. Grabbing his old guitar and the love of his life, David hits the road, hopi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Roundfire Books
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Wendy Wuenker
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very authentic account of one man's dream left unfilled that will certainly be the impetus for many readers to revisit dreams of their own they have pushed aside...Berner's style is authentic and genuine. He makes me feel the tenderness of times as well as the sorrow of others. I hope there is a follow-up so we can really get to know what happens with his relationship with Leslie! ...more
Randy Richardson
David W. Berner’s October Song strikes all the right chords; the high notes and the low notes of a life’s journey – the losses, the lessons, the loves (both old and new). Composed with tenderness and affection, Berner’s heartfelt and ultimately life-affirming joy ride teaches us that you’re never too old to roll down the window, crank it up and belt it out.
Katie Phillips
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading about David's recent adventure! I struggle a bit when asked to read someone's book, but David's short description had me hooked. I am so glad he contacted me to read and honestly review his memoir. It was such an easy and fun read because David is a really great writer! It helped that I found some things in common with him. Currently we are mid-westerners :) I'm a bit more south, but I enjoy another person who can say bum-fuck! The silliest songs make me emotional too ...more
Tina Dreffin
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"October Song: A Memoir of Music and theJourney of Time" by David W. Berner is a poignant memoir of a man reaching for his dreams besides limitations. Beautifully written in candid prose, I was drawn in to finish this book in one sitting, ignoring the world. My feet tapped to the song lyrics, so simply woven into the story from David W. Berner's former experiences. The tears came. My heart soared. Be prepared to be engaged in this gripping tale of success and tender love. As a memoirist, I know ...more
Dan
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful and moving reflection on music, love, and the versions of ourselves that we leave behind.

October Song is exactly the kind of memoir that in lesser hands could feel aimless or indulgent But Berner pulls it off masterfully. Every story threads into the greater narrative, and he hits his beats like a natural storyteller, keeping the reader interested and engaged from the first chapter to the quiet yet powerful ending.
Kate  TerHaar
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Enjoyable story of it's never too late to live out your dreams.
Bottom line, take a chance and live your best life.
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Cat
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring! Lightning can strike at any age! No one should tell anyone that they are too old to achieve success.
Marssie Mencotti
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely journey of a man in love with love, the past, and the promise of a future of even more love.
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SundayAtDusk
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs-music
After reading the description of this book, I thought author David Berner found song writing fame and fortune late in life. No, that's not what happened. What happened is he entered a song writing contest, went with other finalists to Virginia to play his song, and found that trip stirred up all sorts of memories, as well as intense thoughts and feelings about creativity. There was no giving up the day job. That was okay with Mr. Berner, though, since he's a level-headed middle-aged man firmly g ...more
Vickie
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This journalist knows how to tell a tale, and share details. It's sure to please anyone who's wishing they could return to a passion from their younger days. ...more
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