About "MUSO"

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CD (single) Songs From The Book $5AUD
1. 'Wait And See'
2. 'Harlequin'
3. 'Wait And See' [backing track]
4. 'Harlequin' [backing track]
Enhanced CD includes sheet music for both tracks in PDF format

[including FREE Tutorials]
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"MUSO" -- a novel and audio CD by Mike Nelson, available direct from the author. Email Mike if you would like the book signed.
BOOK and CD: $29.95 AUD + $10.00 postage to anywhere
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CD only: $5.00 AUD + $2.50 postage to anywhere
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Author's note: "Whenever older musos are standing around after a gig waiting to be paid in the wee small hours, the conversation inevitably turns to the 'good old days' and the idea that there's 'got to be a book in this.' These conversations refer to a time from about the mid 60's to the late 80's when a professional musician could make a respectable living from music.

For a musician, serious about his music, literate, academically committed, prepared to practice hours every day, with a clear business head and an equally professional approach to all gigs whether they be to his taste or not, music was not only a labour of love, it was good business. Musos worked 6 nights a week, often 2 gigs a night. Arranging, copying and studio recordings kept them busy when not gigging.

These were the pre-digital days before home theatres, computers, the internet - when music rode on the back of liquor and vice and if you wanted to study jazz on a campus, you borrowed a fortune and went overseas to Berklee. A night club typically employed a band most nights of the week, served dinner and presented 'floor shows'. Illegal but tolerated gambling establishments flourished, providing ample funds to support lavish entertainment budgets in small venues. Every muso owned the 'uniform' - a dinner suit. These were the days when the public 'went out' (most nights of the week, it seemed to the musos plying their craft on stage!).

This is the story of Hank Kelly whose love of music, dedication and dreams of success are common to all 'pro-musos'. He is the quintessential muso from that earlier time - career oriented and dedicated to the pursuit of self development, more often than not along the pathway of jazz while plying his craft in the seedy clubs and bars that constituted the muso's workplace"


Read all about it - in 'MUSO'.
Review by Lew Smith: President & Musical Director, Jazz Fremantle and former jazz writer for the Sunday Times Newspaper

"Among the WA music fraternity Mike Nelson is well-known as a superb jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and educator. Adding further to his skills, in his mid-fifties he also took a new career path gaining a diploma in mechanical engineering - and Mike now builds high frequency communications equipment.
If that was not enough he has produced a novel called - MUSO - under his more formal title of Michael Nelson. As with all his endeavours Mike has shown meticulous application and thorough research in locations, geography, period and dialogue.
MUSO is much more than the career and activities of a peripatetic pianist. It is also a gripping and gritty thriller, an engaging love-story and a fascinating look behind the scenes of nightclub entertainment in 1970s and 80s Perth and London.
No doubt musicians will find things to relate to and music fans will learn a bit of the dedication and difficulties that a jazz artist has to suffer to progress in a world of entertainment. However, Mike has laced his story with humour and pathos that will appeal to all readers. As a first novel this is an outstanding effort and I am pleased to recommend it to you. I hope it will not be the last time Michael Nelson puts pen to paper - or is it digit to laptop.

MUSO is available from Wrenn Nelson Productions at www.jazzpiano.net.au or at Music Park on [08]9470 1020: price $29.95 plus postage. Mike's complete professional history can be viewed at: www.jazzpiano.net.au"

Reader Reviews

"Michael Nelson is a great piano player, and he writes as well as he plays. This is a thoroughly engrossing read, every bit as good as being there (and I've been there). Excellent!" ... Paul Reynolds (Musician)

"It's hard to believe it is his first novel, it's brilliant. I loved the main character, pace of the novel and the local setting of Perth and surrounds. What a talent! Hope there will be a series." ... Lynn Mosedale (Teacher)

"When I read a book, I like to feel the atmosphere of the scenes,, I want to imagine the characters as if I know them personally. In short, I want to feel that the world of the book is real to me. Muso did that for me. Michael Nelson delves into every detail, bringing to life the smoky bar, the dusty desert or the snowy streets. This is a world of real and flawed characters. It is obvious that Michael has drawn from life experience and has breatherd that life into the pages of this book. If you want a cracking suspense-filled yarn filled with beautifully realised characters, then this is a book well worth reading. I loved it." ... David Smith (Wholesale Manager)

"As someone who enjoys a good action mystery, I looked forward to MUSO providing an exciting read with a twist. It didn't disappoint. Set in a realistic city context, full of unusual yet believable characters, the story was gripping from start to finish. Featuring a fascinating glimpse into the life of a jazz keyboardist was a great idea. Thoroughly recommended." ... Andrew Snedden (Music Teacher)

"I was fortunate to be on holiday at the time this book was launched and have a copy signed by the author at the book signing after his jazz evening's performance. I read it on the plane journey home to England and found I could relate to the charcters and locations easily having been a teenager at the time of the story line. I don't think I needed this knowledge as the book's descriptive wording and local accents painted the picture beautifully. There are chapters that are still etched in my brain and images that won't go away. I recommend you read it for yourself. I lent my prized copy to a friend and she has not given it back. Says it all!!" ... Mr D Cowan (Retiree)

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