Become a Fan
As you read this book, song titles are mentioned. The protagonist couple are ardent doo-wop fans and these songs of jump or rock/ballad vocal harmony with nonsense syllables (rama-lama-ding-dong, cow-wow-wow-cow-wow-wow, dit-dit-di-dit,etc.)have special value and meaning to characters Mara and Orson and are part of what holds them together. Slow dancing "very" close- to these and other ballads is special to them, but they can get up and bop, lindy, chalypso, stroll and the fast dances. The pair and their friends are a throwback to the 50's, comfortable in the innocence of that time, in stark contrast to the hazardous reality of coming events in the story.
As one journeys through "Freckles: Angel on Her Shoulder", many song titles are mentioned as well as the groups who performed them. If you are curious about the songs and want to get the feeling of the particular 'scene' the song applies to, it might pay you to look them up and download them on an I-Pod or MP3 or similar device - or just your PC would do. An understanding of the main protagonists feelings for each other or their moods could only be enhanced by listening to, for example, "Hey, Little One" a ballad by Dorsey Burnette from 1960 as it applied to a spotlight dance the software mogul Orson and the trooper lieutenant Mara partook in at the 'Anacortes Roadster Show' evening sock-hop. I encourage you as readers to follow this directive as a means of making the story more 'real'. It might help out some of the artists in their old age - the ones that should have rightfully made the money in the first place. It will introduce you to musics that you didn't realize were so good or had paid little attention to or perhaps had never heard before. The music might emphasize movement in a particular 'scene' (such as "Cry Baby" by the Scarlets from 1955 when a steam locomotive was at speed, a car racing it to a crossing to get to the hospital ) (The Birth of Mara). This could add another dimension to your reading. Try it and see how it works for you.
Eric G. Waggoner
Freckles Series (the next one is in the oven)