It’s day 4 on the Fierce Ink Press Takeover Week. A quick description of what a ‘Fierce Short’ is before I get started on my review. To quote from the Fierce Ink Press website, “Fierce Shorts are creative non-fiction pieces about all things teen. Love, friends, school, family, fitting in, standing out. For some it’s a trip down memory lane, for others it’s a breath of relief that they aren’t alone.”
Your senses can have a real impact on remembering specific points in time. Sometimes it’s in the form of taste that instantly takes you back to your Grandparents kitchen, sometimes it can be the smell of cologne from an ex boyfriend. In Jamie Fitzpatrick’s case, it’s a case of hearing music. I’ve read Jamie Fitzpatrick’s novel You Could Believe in Nothing back in 2011, so I was more than thrilled to see that his piece, These Memories Can’t Wait was included in the stories that Fierce Ink Press shared with me.
I’m a self proclaimed big fan of coming of age stories, especially if they’re autobiographical. We first meet a young Jamie when he’s twelve years old. An age when you start to notice the opposite sex, a time when you’re learning new things every day, about the world and about yourself. At twelve years old, two things become the focus of Jamie’s world, a girl named Marilyn and a song about a girl. These two definitive components come together at a school dance, when Jamie is determined to recreate the scenario he’s scripted in his head a million times over. Of course, his vision doesn’t play out according to plan and the song doesn’t hold the same meaning as it once did.
Jamie soon learns that new songs come and go, but some can have an impact in very specific ways. Whether you’re sitting in the den of your parents home, whether you’re at a college party, music has an ability to influence your thinking, your feeling. As this story continues we travel with Jamie through pivotal points in his childhood to adulthood, learning who he is by understanding his musical taste.
As you know, time, age and experience can change your perspective , all of which play a part in Jamie’s world. But with change, comes familiarity, this familiarity is discovered in the form of music. A beautiful story that makes you reflect on memories, Jamie Fitzpatrick will take you on a walk through memory lane in These Memories Can’t Wait.
Drop by tomorrow when I’ll be reviewing Cuisve by Chris Benjamin.
My thanks to Fierce Ink Press for allowing me the opportunity to read and review These Memories Can’t Wait by Jamie Fitzpatrick.