Sunday, January 28, 2018

"Never Look at the Empty Seats" by Charlie Daniels (a memoir)

My review...

If you are a fan of country music, or if you just enjoy a good memoir, this is a book you will want to check out.

Growing up, my family was a fan of Charlie Daniels’ music, so I was quite familiar with him, at least the musical side. However, this book offers the reader a chance to see the more personal side of the music legend — in his own words. He offers his views on life and world events, including Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, and 9/11. He opens up about his childhood, as well as his alcoholic father. Overall, the book is well-written and insightful. As a warning to some readers, there is mild swearing (less than five times). Daniels is upfront about his political views, as well. The chapters are short, almost as though you are hearing a collection of stories while sitting across the table from Charlie, which makes the book go by quite quickly. A number of personal photos are included, which really adds to the book. This is a heartfelt and encouraging read which runs the gamut of emotions, from funny, sad, to be honest.

Some of my favorite quotes include:

  • “Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price.”
  • “You’re concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn’t. Always give them a show, and never look at the empty seats!”
  • "I've always ascribed to the theory that if you can't get what you want, take what you can get and make what you want out of it."

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the BookLook Bloggers program, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

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