Today, I hope you'll all help me welcome Carrie Lofty to the lair. Carrie's latest release, SONG OF SEDUCTION from Carina Press sounds fascinating.
In 1804 Austria, a widowed violin prodigy begins a steamy affair with the enigmatic Dutch composer she's idolized for years--only to learn that he stole his most famous symphony.
If you look objectively at most male musicians, you must admit what I long ago discovered: they're not an entirely attractive bunch. Sure there have been Elvis-level heartthrobs through the ages, and most pop singers are made stars specifically for their polished, packaged look, but I'm talking about musicians. Robert Plant? Bono? Eddie Vedder? They aren't bad looking, but neither are they pretty pinups.
Musicians are the ultimate bad boys. Take an ordinary man. Make him the master of his chosen instrument. Stick him onstage...and for two hours he becomes a god.
Bruce Springsteen once said that he wanted his concerts to resemble a place of worship. I truly believe music has that power, connecting hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of people to one another through the songs they all know by heart. Nothing outside of spiritual revelry has that degree of power.
No wonder, then, that musicians can seem inordinately attractive. It's not just their physical form, but how they swagger, how they pose, how they connect.
This phenomenon is not limited to the age of rock'n'roll. In some places Franz Liszt was banned because girls became so overwrought by his tremendous piano-playing skills that they tossed their bloomers on stage. Women swooned and the police were brought in!
Shall we take a look at dear old Franz?
I see potential there--diffident posture, exaggerated features, smoldering intensity. Put him in front of a piano and yes, bloomers would go flying!
Even earlier than Liszt's mid-19th century exploits, people understood the power of music. During the late 18th century Regina Strinasacchi was also criticized. In an age when most women studied piano--if any instrument--she dared to become a violin virtuoso. Standing up during her performances meant exposing all of her female curves to the scrutiny of audiences enraptured by her vigorous swaying and pulsing. Scandalous!
Of course I had to tap into this maelstrom of sexual potential. The hero of SONG OF SEDUCTION (http://www.carrielofty.com/Song.html) is a piano player and composer--one part Liszt, one part crochety ole' Beethoven. The heroine is a violin virtuoso, all shades of Regina Strinasacchi and her ground-breaking fame. I imagined them as the rock gods of their day, which made for two terribly fiery romantic leads! I hope you'll check them out.
Which musicians strike your fancy? Are they model-caliber hotties, or are they men made extraordinary by their music and performances?