From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.
Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous, and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf, cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and, finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.
Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity, and creative fulfillment and, finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.
©2015 Alan Doyle (P)2015 Random House Audio
"inspirational for any aspiring musician."
Doyle's personality shines through in this biography. It is a feel-good romp through the harbors of Newfoundland. Leaving you with a smile on your face and a hankering for some good Tunes!
"Fan of his music ,now of his book & narration"
This sixth generation Texan finds the dissimilarities as well as the strange commonalities between Doyle's "country" and my own fascinating. He is more a contemporary of my forty year old children , but some of his childhood is more like growing up in fifties rural Texas...substitute heat and sand for his cold and snow. The hardiness of the people of Newfoundland and their remarkable fondness for their country which lives in their hearts and on their sleeves can be felt in this book. They are a very talented people, singing and writing songs. Alan is one of their best ambassadors. Go to you tube and listen to Where I Belong by Alan Doyle, you will be hooked and want more of his story.
"Where I Belong"
I found Alans descriptions a bit too vivid at times,but I really enjoyed hearing about his life.Loved it!
"A must read for any GBS/Alan Doyle fan"
A very interesting and entertaining life story told by an amazing storyteller. I didn't want it to end.
"Loved this book!"
Brilliant and very entertaining storytelling! Alan charms the heck out of you! Bravo and thanks
"Where I Belong - Belongs on Your Audible "Reading" List!"
Easily the most enjoyable audio book I have "read" all year. A rare "perfect" book!
I felt like I had a front row seat to his adventures!! I loved it!
"very entertaining "
Deadly. what else can I say. I really enjoyed it. loved that Doyle narrates it himself. the singing at various times and the recording of his mother sharing her bread recipe were nice touches.
"Mr Doyle has found where he belongs!"
I absolutely loved this audio book! Having Alan Doyle narrate his life story was brilliant!
"The book was good but the audible version was fantastic!"
A wonderful biography, made even better when read by the author. CBC needs to make a series of these wonderful poignant moments of the Author's childhood. Thank you Alan for sharing!
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