As I promised yesterday, today I am reveling a song that had something to do with one of the characters in Amity of the Angelmen. When I come up with the name of character, I often start with looking up the character's personality in name meanings. In the instance of this one character, I just had a name pop into my head that seemed to flow. No, it is not Eleanor Rigby. It is her counterpart in the son, Father Mackenzie.
I had just about completed the novel before I realized why the name "Father Mackenzie" rolled off my lips so easily. It didn't dawn on me until I heard the song one day. I had to laugh, as I had sung that song hundreds of times as a kid. So, no, I did not name him for the song. At least, not on purpose. A funny coincidence, but not meaningful. As for his surname, Abel, well, there is some importance there. If you remember what the son of Adam did that pleased God, it will offer you a HUGE clue to an important event much later in the series.
When I first heard this song, at age 12 (mind you this was YEARS after the Beatles had disbanded, and even after John Lennon had been killed), I had no idea or even really any desire to be an author. Twenty-something years later, I listen to it and smile, holding my first paperback novel in my hand. Mind you, it is much less than 1,000 pages, and it is not a dirty story of a dirty man. I think that's been done.
EXTRA NOTE: There is a character in Amity of the Angelmen who is a reference to another Beatles song. Do you know who it is? I will add a special post tomorrow with the answer.
This gets to be my first post because it is my most recent favorite song. It is upbeat and keeps me moving, which is a must to be on my running playlist. The attitude of the song is somewhat aggressive. The songwriter is ready to defend whatever naysayers might have against him. It reminds me of I Peter 3:15 - "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."