Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Where oh Where is Heart Full of Soul?

Here it is July 11th and I still have not been able to locate Heart Full of Soul. I have checked in the town I live in, at Wal-Mart, the library and our local bookstore. I have even called the town next to us. The bookstores said they would only order it if someone requested it and then they would only order the copies requested. The woman said that if a book doesn’t get a lot of publicity from company that markets the book then they don’t order it. She said she had no idea Taylor Hicks had a book coming out. I then called the Wal-Mart in that town and they will have it Friday, she also said they have had about a dozen people come in to the store in the last day requesting it. She is not sure how many they will have but she took my name and said she will hide one back for me just in case.

I never thought it would be hard to find a copy, so I did not preorder. I have learnt my lesson. From now n if I want something really bad I am not going to count on my local stores having it I will pre-order. However at least I know Friday I can purchase the book. Three more days, I can surely wait that long, I think. Another good thing came out of calling and trying to find it. Our library is going to request copies for each branch, there are four branches so at least their will be chances for people to find the book at the library and read what Taylor Hicks has to say.

I have seen several threads on boards with spoilers of the book. I read a couple just to get me a small Hicks fix. I have since stopped reading these threads though. When Taylor’s CD was set to come out a site had the whole CD where you could listen to it. I could not resist the temptation and I listened many times to each and every song.

I then went to Wal-Mart at midnight the night it released and purchased two CDS. I was so very excited to have the CD in my hands; however the excitement of putting it in the CD player and hearing Taylor’s soulful voice was gone. Now don’t get me wrong. I loved listening to it on the way home. I still play it everyday but the initial excitement was not there because I had already heard each song many times. Except for Hell of a Day, I had not heard the new version of it, so there was that thrill of hearing it for the first time. Noticing the new verse that had been added, it was amazing hearing it that first time.

I ignore the book spoilers, because I want the excitement of reading each and every line for the first time. I want to read Taylor’s Hicks story from beginning to end and let me mind freshly picture each life story he takes me through on my own. I want to be in those moments and not stop and realize I have already that part. I want the fresh excitement of discovery.

It is like at Christmas when you want to know what you are getting. If you find out before you open the gift it is great to know what is ahead for you, however when the time comes to open that gift and you know what is inside even though you are happy about what it is and you know you will use, wear of play with it many times, that initial excitement, when your heart races and you feel like jumping up and down because you got what you wanted, that excitement is gone and cannot be recreated again.

I want that heart pounding feeling when I begin to read Taylor’s book. I want to draw my own conclusion and thoughts on what I read. So even though it is hard to resist the temptation to read the spoilers, I will, I will avoid temptation and Friday Night when Heart Full of Soul is my hands, I will find a nice quiet place and I will sit down and read Taylor’s book from start to finish and then I will reread it again. My excitement will be fresh and new.