Most of us have probably heard Maroon 5’s song Moves Like Jagger. Right? Mick Jagger commented recently, in a good natured way, that he didn’t receive a dime from the use of his name in that song. Well, Mick, I want you to know I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan and have seen you guys in concert three, count’m, three times.
The first time was at Soldier Field in Chicago in the mid 90s during the Voodoo Lounge Tour. The second time was at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul during the A Bigger Bang Tour. And the third time was last July 2015 at TCF Stadium at the University of Minnesota during the Zip Code Tour. Oh man, when you ended the encore with, I Ain’t Got No Satisfaction, the place went bananas. Only the Stones, only the Stones.
Mick and the boys have still got it, and Mick Jagger still moves like, well, Jagger. Which leads me to my Dream! As all of you know I’ve written my first book entitled, Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down the Barbeque Trail. It’s all about my search for the perfect barbeque, and the twists and turns along the way, and the people, oh the people, that I encountered. The cutting truth is that it’s all about the stories, yes, the stories. And don’t forget this is the first in a trilogy. The other two are written and edited, but not yet released.
Which brings me to my current moment. As a fun way to promote my book I’ve taken to registering it on BookCrossing.com. I get a BCID number which I slap on a label and stick in copies of my book I’m sending into the “wild.” Meaning I put them somewhere. Somebody comes along and picks up my book, goes to BookCrossing.com, and makes a journal entry stating where they picked it up. The beauty of this process is that I can track where my book has traveled, much like the website where we can track where a dollar bill has traveled. Currently I’ve got copies in Sencha Tea Bar in Minneapolis, Cha-Time Tea in Dinkytown on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Caribou Coffee in Bloomington, and Brooklyn Center. And I just got them into the Book Crossing Zone at Ginkgo Coffee shop on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, at JMT Subs, and finally at a yet to be known location, a mystery location if you will. And, of course, I have them stuffed in a whole bunch of Little Free Libraries throughout the Twin Cities. Speaking of which, It’ll be in a Little Free Library near Big Daddy’s Barbeque at University and Dale in St. Paul, soon, real soon. Oh my gosh, I love Big Daddy’s. Yum!
And Oh, I’ve got two copies on their way across the ocean to England. Psst … Mick, this is where you come in. I’m sending those copies to Debbie Young, an author and book reviewer, personally and professionally. Now, I inquired with Debbie if she’d be interested in reviewing my book. She replied back that no, she wouldn’t be interested in reviewing my book given she is overloaded with book reviews at the moment and that the topic of my book, barbeque, is not a topic of interest to her. But, I asked her if she’d be willing to receive a couple of copies whereby she’d give one to a friend of her’s and place the other in a Little Free Library over in England. This is something she mentioned on her website for authors who send her books. So I’ve got two of my books hightailing it across the ocean as we speak.
Okay Mick, now for the nitty gritty of your role in all this. You see, my dream is for you to be walking by that Little Free Library where Debbie placed my book, stop, open the door, scan the books, and pick mine to take with you. Little does the world know you love, love barbeque, and you’re still talking about your concert at TCF Stadium. Then I’m dreaming that you’ll read my book, love my book, rave about my book on your world tour, on stage, to every concert goer in the stadium, and have it flashing up on the big screen for all the world to see. And, I’m really dreaming big here, you’ll decide to rename your tour the Mr. Y. Barbeque Tour … because you loved my book so much! I’m not asking for much, am I? If it can work for Adam Levine it can work for me.
Hey, thanks Mick!