Which five words best describe Music Speaks?
Poems inspired by music.
Can you share one highlight from the book?
The poem “Music isn’t about standing still and being safe,” an early work of mine about Miles Davis has been well featured as well as being nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
What is the purpose of this book?
To share my love of music with others.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
In this book, there is a lot of jazz, but my other work tends to be infused with family and religion, which is ironic given that I am not very religious.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
Most all of it was fun to write. but the most difficult piece was probably “Zooz’s Brasshouse Busking.” Trying to capture the group’s spontaneity and mad fun was the challenge in that writing.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I am currently working on a creative non-fiction memoir based on my years as an electrician in the Navy and at shipyards that is coming about accidentally and will be built around the Norwegian folk tale of Peer Gynt.
Raised in New York, Bill Cushing lived in numerous states, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico after leaving the Navy and returning to college later in life. He moved to California after earning an MFA in writing from Goddard College and recently retired after teaching college English in Los Angeles.