Seeking book and music reviews! Scottie Miller's Carnival Cocoon. (Poetry collection and CD).

Scottie Miller
July 20, 2022

Hello creative friends of The Loft community! The folks at The Loft were kind enough to permit me to post a request for review of my forthcoming, debut poetry collection and album Carnival Cocoon. (Release date: September 15th, 2022.)

I would be honored to share my project with you. If you are interested in reading the book or listening to the music, perhaps you would consider writing a review, blurb, or a simple quote. If you’re willing, please contact me at: scottiemiller@comcast.net with your preferred email address. I will gladly send you an advanced reading copy, and sample of the music! You can also take a quick read/ listen at: https://www.scottiemiller.com/carnival-cocoon/press-kit.html#book. This developing landing page includes a sampling of poems from the book, music from the album and videos. I'd be humbled to hear your thoughts, critique and words of wisdom!

I have been a part of the Twin Cities music scene for the past 35 years, performing with my own Scottie Miller Band, and touring internationally with four-time Grammy- nominated singer Ruthie Foster. However, I am new to our vibrant literary community and your support and experience would mean a great deal to me. Thank you for your consideration!

Carnival Cocoon - Scottie Miller (Release date: September 15th, 2022.)

Book and album description:

Carnival Cocoon is a poetry collection and album by singer-songwriter-pianist Scottie Miller. Inspired by the beat stylings of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and drifting beautifully through classics like Yeats and Eliot. The book features poems he selected himself and is arranged into five, vibrant chapters that revolve around the human condition. Free verse, ekphrastic, narrative, lyrical, beat and classic styles spring to life in each section: music; interaction with nature; greed/abuse of power; romance; and tales from the musician's life spent on the road. The book pages are filled with deeply emotive, full-color illustrations that convey the vulnerable content. The collection empathizes with addiction, recovery, mental illness, inequality, homelessness, wrongful imprisonment and the divisiveness of the world. The beehive activity of Berklee College of Music in Boston and the warm, welcoming light of an Irish tavern, all told here with strength, experience and hope. From the gum-spotted sidewalks of New York City to the frozen streets of “nordeast” Minneapolis, the ringmaster recites haunting, romantic stories and hazy memories of wild times spent in Mexico.

A poetry collection and musical masterpiece in both book and audio format, this ambitious body of work triumphs with select poems that are set to music, and featured on the album version of Carnival Cocoon. The music, often completely improvised, charges ahead bravely with 23 poems from the collection arranged for blues, jazz and rock combo. Scottie's classical influences are discovered too, with lush, string quintet compositions, always with a spotlight on Scottie's shining piano and voice. Both spoken and sung word take you where the beat poets gather, as if you're listening in on a discussion of the human condition over a coffee, or a whiskey with Tom Waits or Willie Nelson; where Kerouac might stand next to Steve Allen on piano, while the youthful energy of Peanuts' Vince Guaraldi blends with a taste of Beethoven.

Welcome to Scottie Miller's Carnival Cocoon!

Poetry and music written and produced by Scottie Miller.                                                                                                             © 2022 Scottie Miller

All rights reserved. Except for brief passages quoted in a newspaper, magazine, radio, television, or website review, no part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author: Scottie Miller | scottiemiller@comcast.net

Published in the United States of America
ISBN 979-8-9864834-0-5 (paperback) ~ ISBN 979-8-9864834-1-2 (ebook) Library of Congress Control Number: 2022913059
First printing August 2022

Published by Scottie Miller Music LLC. Minneapolis, MN. USA. (c),(p)2022 Scottie Miller. Vulfy Publishing/ASCAP.              Book design and illustrations by Lynn Phelps and William Phelps of Phelps Design. Photography by Jim Vasquez.           Album recorded at Wild Sound Studio in Minneapolis, MN. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Kaul.                       

Musician website: https://scottiemiller.com