Well in keeping with the “Story Behind the Story” theme, I have a new book soon to be released (it’s selling for a song right now). And that book is SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE. I’ll also be giving away a free book today to some lucky blogger so please come on in and leave a message.
I love this book. But before I get into that, let me tell you of another love of mine. I think I must have been all of ten years old when I first saw the movie “Naughty Marietta,” on television. Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. Struck by one of the last scenes in that movie (their love doesn’t stand a chance and she and he are singing their hearts out to each other — she on the stairs, and he staring up at her), I have always loved them. So much so that I wanted to be an opera star when I was about 10 — until my mother spoiled that ambition by telling me that all opera stars are fat…
As I grew older, I eventually saw all of the movies that they did with each other — and I was struck by the fact that these two people were very much in love. If you don’t believe me, look at the movie, “New Moon” and their duet together beneath the trees and stars. He can’t keep his hands off of her and she stares into his eyes with a passion that isn’t acting.
That lead me to another book entitled SWEETHEARTS by Sharon Rich, and I found out that I, indeed, was right about these two star-crossed lovers. They were very much in love — were in love all their lives through — but due to studio (MGM) pressures and outright suppression, they never married, although in the filming of ROSE MARIE, Nelson proposed to Jeanette and she accepted. But executives at MGM at the time weren’t about to let these two lead happy lives — they needed to sizzle on the screen…
I’ve often called SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE my musical. Yes, yes, I know it’s only a book. Yes, I know there isn’t a song going to jump out at you when you open the book. Still, it’s my “musical,” with the characters based on what I considered the personalities of both Jeanette and Nelson.
I highly recommend getting and reading Sharon’s book, Sweethearts. They were on again, off again lovers, forever misunderstanding one another and thus, often setting the other against him — however, they remained true to each other all through their lives. Jeanette died in her sixty’s of heart failure and Nelson soon followed her two years later.
A story told to me by someone in my church (Nelson was a member of my church) said that Nelson had come into the church shortly after Jeanette’s death, and told him that Jeanette was with him always. Shortly after that — so the story goes, he followed her in death.
Grandfather George tells the story of MGM in those days — telling the story of how these two people kept trying to be together, but that the studio keptpulling them them apart using lies and other devices — even blackmail to keep them apart. They (executives, I guess) even arranged a marriage for Jeanette, which she later, according to George and to Sharon’s book, regretted. But that isn’t the main story that George tells. He tells me that one day, (now here I have to to rely on your imagination) these two people (young people in the 1990’s) approached him, and told him the story of who they were, that they were Nelson and Jeanette and that now, at last they could be together…
I asked Grandfather George once who these people were in today’s world, but George told me they had sworn him to secrecy. But after reading their love story (tragic though it was), it was nice to have a “happy ending.”
What does this have to do with SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE? A lot, I fear. I was enraptured with this story (and all of their movies) as I was writing this book — thus, I call this book, my musical. Now before I go, I’ll leave you with a link to my book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, but also with a link to two of the most impassioned scenes caught on film. Enjoy!
This is the scene from New Moon, where these two sing to each other — and it literally takes your breath away. The song is : Wanting you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RdqU5kJ3Os And here’s the link to that scene that first started me loving this couple:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_m7unArv8g — the song is “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life.” Enjoy!
And here’s the link to buy SOARING EAGLE”S EMBRACE:
Now, while I’m at it, let me also post two more links of the most beautiful duets and scene romance ever caught on film:
Both of these are from the movie, MAYTIME. Enjoy!
So yes, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE is my musical.