It’s Wednesday. I have a new book out. OF COURSE I’m going to give you a snippet from THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION for #1lineWed. Like…d’uh! Today’s theme is **LIGHT**. While I normally post a snippet from a WIP, with the release of THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION, I can’t resist sharing this snippet about my hero, Deacon Tate, because the dude is in the spotlight. A lot! 😉
The lights dimmed, a stool appeared on stage and he picked up his acoustic guitar and sat down. One blue spotlight picked him out. Head down, he strummed a few chords. The cheers and whistles slowly faded as he played. The chords gave way to the melody he plucked on the strings. The band remained silent, unsure of where he was going. Performing this song was totally unplanned. He’d written it for his cousin Cash’s wedding but hadn’t recorded it.
Deke’s little brother, who was also the keyboardist for the Sons, was the first to recognize the song. After Dillon’s piano riff, their guitarists, Bryce and Xander, picked up the tune and Kenji, the drummer, found the rhythm. Ozzie picked up the bass line without missing a beat.
“Are you ready to take a walk?” he crooned into the microphone. “Darlin’, are you ready for me?” The crowd started to sway in time to the music and the groupies lining the stage pressed forward. Deke closed his eyes. “Are you counting the minutes? Can you feel my heart race?” He riffed on the guitar. “From this day forward, you’ll never walk alone. I’ll shelter your heart. I’ll be your home. You are my love song, my forever song, the last song that I’ll sing.”
He poured out the rest of the words, his voice growing husky with emotion. Deke had watched each of his cousins find and fall in love with the women who completed them. Something inside him wanted the same thing, in a vague someday way. But none of his brothers had taken the plunge and there was something wrong with that picture. The Barrons were the wild bunch, the Tates the steady gatekeepers. Well, except for him. His mother said often and loudly that he was more Barron than Tate, but her eyes twinkled when she said it.
Deke sang of finding love, of losing it. He sang of getting it back and when he sang the chorus again, the women in the front row had faces slick with tears. His voice broke a little as he finished the last few lines and added, “You’ll be my home, my love song, my forever song and the last song I ever sing.”
The spotlight went out. Stunned silence filled the theater, where 2,500 fans were jammed in wall-to-wall. Then pandemonium erupted. Strobes flashed and spotlights probed the stage, but Deacon had disappeared. People screamed and whistled. They clapped their hands and stomped their feet. When the band launched into the opening strains of “Native Son,” the noise volume doubled. Normally, this song was the finale but tonight, it was the encore.
I have to admit, Deacon is one of my favorite characters, but he presented me with a real challenge! Not only is he a country music superstar, he writes songs. A couple have been featured in other books: “Native Son,” which was Clay Barron’s campaign theme when he announced his candidacy for president (THE BOSS AND HIS COWGIRL) and “You Are My Forever” which, as mentioned above, he wrote and sang at Cash’s wedding (REDEEMED BY THE COWGIRL). Now, quoting lyrics in books is a chancy thing at best, copyright infringement at worst, so…I turned into a lyricist. I do sort of wish I was a musician because I’d love to put lyrics to music. And yes, I do have full lyrics for Deke’s songs! 😆 Anyway, this is my lighthearted contribution to #1lineWed today. What about y’all? Want to shine some light on your words?