OSWEGO, NY – When Jim Farfaglia was deciding on a theme for his latest book, he didn’t have to look farther than his record collection and the oldies radio station.
Titled Reach out in the Darkness: How Pop Music Saved My Mortal Soul, Farfaglia crafted a book that features 60 poems about 1960s and 1970s singers and songs, and the cultural experience they created.
“Many of us baby boomers feel that there was something special about the music of that era,” said Farfaglia. “The world was rapidly changing and our favorite singers were capturing that shift in music and lyrics. Taking the time to reflect on what that meant to me as I moved through my teen and young adult years was both satisfying and revealing.”
Farfaglia spent the last two years revisiting his favorite singers’ music, watching video of them in performance and reading their biographies and memoirs.
He then spent several months composing, editing and having his poems critiqued in writing groups and classes.
“The immersion back into that time period really opened me up to write my poems. The feedback from others who related to those songs really helped me see if I was on the mark with what I was trying to say,” he said.
Farfaglia will present his book at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., on October 23 at 7 p.m.
“Bill Reilly, the river’s end owner, suggested that we add music to the evening’s program,” Farfaglia said. “We have invited musicians Gina Holsopple and Matthew Wood to join in. They will be sharing their versions of some of those great songs from the ‘60s and early ‘70s. They’ll give a mini-concert beginning at 6:30 and then join me as we trade poems and songs back and forth.”
The bookstore will be providing refreshments.
For more information about the event, contact Farfaglia at his website www.jimfarfaglia.weebly.com or the bookstore at (315) 342- 0077.