Here's what Steve says:
Joe Ely – Satisfied at Last
"This is art by a full-grown man examining his life with, by turns, bemusement and sadness and pride. Ely lists his regrets great and small; he considers God and the afterlife; he tells stories with economy and heart. Every number is perfect.
Here’s the highest compliment I can pay: If Conway Sax, my series protagonist, were one hell of a talented musician, this is the record he would write. In fact, I hereby declare “I’m a Man Now,” the album’s next-to-last song, Conway’s theme:
I’m a man now, I ain’t no kid
I done some things I never should have did
I paid the price – my weight in pain
I’m a man now, I’m free of shameI’ve been a runner for decades. I was once pretty serious about it, but I find myself running less and slower. For the past few years, if you want the truth, I’ve done nearly all my running at the local middle-school track, and only in warm weather.
So on the one hand, my runs are a sad sight: a fiftysomething man scuffling around, logging 12-minute miles.
But boy, do I love that track, my town, the view. There are the pretty ballfields, of course, and a wetlands area below. There’s the handsome school itself. And on every lap, I catch a glimpse of the steeple of my longtime church.
To run laps in a place you love. To run them slower and slower as the years pass. To reflect and recall and regret as you run, and to laugh at yourself about all of it.
I listen to Joe Ely as I run. I believe he would understand."
Steve's next novel in the Conway Sax series SHOTGUN LULLABY will be published on May 14. You can pre-order it here