Rock Legend shares insights through books, music
July 16, 2014When Rick Springfield plays at Harrah's Casino on July 20, attendees won't just be enjoying his music, they'll be seeing a real renaissance man in action. The 64-year-old songwriter – rocker – actor has another feather to add to his cap, that of best selling fiction author. But according to Springfield, it wasn't difficult for him to put the words on the page for his new book, "Magnificent Vibration." The story really took on a life of its own, he said in a recent interview with the Valley Roadrunner.
"It kind of wrote itself," said Springfield, adding he always wanted to be a writer as a child growing up. "I didn't really have a plan or a direction for the story. I just kind of let it take its own lead and it goes some pretty bizarre places."
"Magnificent Vibration" is the story of Horatio Cotton, a man who has recently discovered that his wife has had numerous affairs with "a veritable Rolodex of strangers." He steals a self-help book to try and figure out how to rebuild his life and inscribed in the front, finds an 800 number. Horatio doesn't expect it to be God's personal line, but it is. All bets are off from there as Horatio meets two others with the same book, the same phone number, and the same results. The three set out on a journey that just might answer all of their questions.
"The story is about a guy who steals a book and on the inside there is an inscription with a phone number, 1-800-Call-God and he does," said Springfield. "It's actually God on the other end of the line and God has a bit of an attitude and is kind of upset the way we are handling his beautiful planet and it goes pretty south from there, but there are a lot of surprises and twists and turns."
Called "thought-provoking, a surprising odyssey" and "rollicking romp of a book," "Magnificent Vibration" debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List at number 18 and that success is something not lost on Springfield.
"The reviews have been something else. They've been better for my books than for my music," he said with a laugh. "I hope they (readers) have fun with it, it's dark humor and it does have a heart. It's got a soul and a point, but mainly it's a fantasy tale that entertains, which is what I obviously hope it will do."
Penned by none other than Springfield, his autobiography "Late, Late At Night" entered the famed bestsellers list at number 13, and was named one of the top 25 rock autobiographies of all time. "Magnificent Vibration" appears to be headed down the same path to success.
Success hasn't spoiled this hardworking entertainer, however. When he isn't at home working on the sequel to his current bestseller, he is out promoting his books and music or he's writing fresh songs to share with his fans around the world. Those who are lucky enough to get tickets to the July 20 show at Harrah's will hear not only what he calls "required" songs but some new music as well.
"It's very important for me to keep playing new music," Springfield said. "I just get up there and give it everything. I just want to get up there and give a great show… It's like a great party and we have the best party we possibly can."
Springfield said that he enjoys playing all kinds of venues, but he loves the audience connection he gets in smaller venues such as the one Harrah's offers.
"It's all about the audience and the energy of the audience for me," he said. "My band is a high energy show and it's really guided by the energy of the audience so obviously with more people, the higher the energy level. But at a smaller show, it generally sounds better and I can connect a little more personally."
For a guy like Springfield though, it's all about the experience and how he can give fans of his music and writing what they want.
"I mean I put my heart and soul into everything I do and people take out of it what they want to take out of it," he said. "In the end it's all just sharing ideas with other people."