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Rashod Ollison

A coming-of-age memoir about a young boy in rural Arkansas who searches for himself and his distant father through soul music Growing up in rural Arkansas, young Rashod Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life. The dysfunction, sadness, and steely resilience of his family and neighbors was reflected in the R&B songs that played on 45s in smoky rooms. Steeped in the sounds, the smells, the salty language of rural Arkansas in the 1980s, Soul Serenade is the memoir of a pop music critic whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, Raymond. Drafted into the Vietnam War as a teenager, Raymond returned a changed man, "dead on the inside." After his parents' volatile marriage ended in divorce, Rashod was haunted by the memory of his itinerant father and his mama's long forgotten "sunshine smile." For six-year-old Rashod, his father's record collection-the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others-provided solace, coherence, and escape. Moving nine times during his childhood, Rashod constantly adjusted to new schools and homes with his two sisters, Dusa and Reagan, and his mother, Dianne. Resilient and tough, while also being distant and punitive, she worked multiple jobs, striving "to make ends wave at each other if they couldn't meet." He spent time with his acerbic mother's mother, Mama Teacake, and her family's living-out-loud ways, which clashed with his father's family-religious, discreet, and appropriate-where Rashod gravitated to Big Mama and Paw Paw, his father's parents. Becoming aware of his same-sex attraction, Rashod felt further isolated and alone but was encouraged by mentors in the community who fostered his intelligence and talent. He became transformed through discovering the writing of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, and other literary greats, and these books, along with the soulful sounds of the 1970s and 80s, enabled him to thrive in spite of the instability and harshness of his childhood. In textured and evocative language, and peppered with une

A coming-of-age memoir about a young boy in rural Arkansas who searches for himself and his distant father through soul music Growing up in rural Arkansas, young Rashod Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life. The dysfunction, sadness, and steely resilience of his family and neighbors was reflected in the R&B songs that played on 45s in smoky rooms. Steeped in the sounds, the smells, the salty language of rural Arkansas in the 1980s, Soul Serenade is the memoir of a pop music critic whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, Raymond. Drafted into the Vietnam War as a teenager, Raymond returned a changed man, "dead on the inside." After his parents' volatile marriage ended in divorce, Rashod was haunted by the memory of his itinerant father and his mama's long forgotten "sunshine smile." For six-year-old Rashod, his father's record collection-the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others-provided solace, coherence, and escape. Moving nine times during his childhood, Rashod constantly adjusted to new schools and homes with his two sisters, Dusa and Reagan, and his mother, Dianne. Resilient and tough, while also being distant and punitive, she worked multiple jobs, striving "to make ends wave at each other if they couldn't meet." He spent time with his acerbic mother's mother, Mama Teacake, and her family's living-out-loud ways, which clashed with his father's family-religious, discreet, and appropriate-where Rashod gravitated to Big Mama and Paw Paw, his father's parents. Becoming aware of his same-sex attraction, Rashod felt further isolated and alone but was encouraged by mentors in the community who fostered his intelligence and talent. He became transformed through discovering the writing of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, and other literary greats, and these books, along with the soulful sounds of the 1970s and 80s, enabled him to thrive in spite of the instability and harshness of his childhood. In textured and evocative language, and peppered with une
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A coming-of-age memoir about a young boy in rural Arkansas who searches for himself and his distant father through soul music Growing up in rural Arkansas, young Rashod Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life. The dysfunction, sadness, and steely resilience of his family and neighbors was reflected in the R&B songs that played on 45s in smoky rooms. Steeped in the sounds, the smells, the salty language of rural Arkansas in the 1980s, Soul Serenade is the memoir of a pop music critic whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, Raymond. Drafted into the Vietnam War as a teenager, Raymond returned a changed man, "dead on the inside." After his parents' volatile marriage ended in divorce, Rashod was haunted by the memory of his itinerant father and his mama's long forgotten "sunshine smile." For six-year-old Rashod, his father's record collection-the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others-provided solace, coherence, and escape. Moving nine times during his childhood, Rashod constantly adjusted to new schools and homes with his two sisters, Dusa and Reagan, and his mother, Dianne. Resilient and tough, while also being distant and punitive, she worked multiple jobs, striving "to make ends wave at each other if they couldn't meet." He spent time with his acerbic mother's mother, Mama Teacake, and her family's living-out-loud ways, which clashed with his father's family-religious, discreet, and appropriate-where Rashod gravitated to Big Mama and Paw Paw, his father's parents. Becoming aware of his same-sex attraction, Rashod felt further isolated and alone but was encouraged by mentors in the community who fostered his intelligence and talent. He became transformed through discovering the writing of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, and other literary greats, and these books, along with the soulful sounds of the 1970s and 80s, enabled him to thrive in spite of the instability and harshness of his childhood. In textured and evocative language, and peppered with une

Language:

English

Narrators:

C. S. Treadway

Length:

8h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:12