The Final Curtain1 by Billy Ray Chitwood

Posted on July 10, 2012 by billyraychitwood1

“The Final Curtain1″ 

        I’ve always been a Frank Sinatra guy and “My Way” has accompanied me on many romantic adventures. “My Way” has been one of those ‘etchings’ to enjoy with someone special at the end of a candlelight and wine dinner, a song that can be parsed and qualified in so many ways…guess that’s my best reason for the blog title.
        It isn’t so much that those lines in the song, “The Final Curtain,” need to conjure up morbid thoughts and ‘let’s all be sentimental’ thoughts. In fact,”The Final Curtain” can conjure up benign thoughts, those that lift the spirit and put an extra swagger in our strides.
        I’m pretty much a ‘romantic’ with some life dreams realized and some that still wish to be. Mostly, these days, my writing speaks to me in so many ways, telling me so many truths about myself. Through the characters pecked out on the laptop, in their actions, reactions, interactions, there are glimpses of me, mini-portraits never seen before. Some are scary. Some are strangely uplifting and gratifying. Some glimpses make me sad. Some make me happy. Some make me confident. Some make me doubt myself.
        There is this ‘thing’ that always keeps me rooted to some true genetic spot: we can be no more in life than what we are intended to be. So, what’s with all the gibberish about “The Final Curtain” and the writing and the glimpses? Truth is, I’m aging with a great deal of reluctance, going through the ‘pages’ past, present, and future, still searching for the elusive and the unattainable, trying very hard to make up for some wasted moments in this passage. I’m here in the ‘wings’ and the curtain has not closed and I’m wanting to know about you, how you differ so much from me, how we are so much alike, how we can somehow better know each other.
        One of my favorite poet/writers is an ex-priest named James Kavanaugh. Among all his work, he has written two beautiful books of poetry: “There Are Men Too Gentle To Walk Among Wolves” and “Will You Be My Friend?” There is so much of his verse with which I identify. His words speak to me with the most marvelous clarity. With my Appalachian bible-belt roots, there is little wonder.
        Sinatra and Kavanaugh are my two favorite ‘etchings’ with some Kahlil Gibran thrown in, each of them fodder for the romantic and soulful parts of me. There is of course nothing wrong with the different tastes in music. There are those who like the brassy groups, the rappers, and the new gents and ladies of song — most of my soul dances favor the ballads. We can’t all like the same music. And, yes, of course, age, time, and place carry our predictable favorites.
        Now, ‘will you be my friend?’ Are you a ‘romantic’ – dreamer – pragmatist – young adult – baby boomer – timid – out-going… How do you approach the page on which you are about to spill your guts — or, your character’s guts? How much of you do you leave on the written pages of your books? You tell me, and I’ll tell you.
        If this kind of soulful musing is not your thing, pass me by…’thirty-one flavors’ you know. If you do like to muse and don’t mind sharing, jump on in. I’ll be lurking around the ‘curtain’ to see if someone shows up on stage. There’s a lot of time before the final curtain.
Billy Ray Chitwood

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Some information on this author:

Billy Ray Chitwood, a hill boy from Tennessee, came out of Appalachia and into an adult world that added to the confusion of a transient life he left behind. Behind him, there were the sad disconnect with a broken family, bad economic times, much mobility, and so many mixed emotions that confounded the youth. Ahead, the adult world was a maze of neon glitter, gin mills, pretty ladies, and so much to absorb. It would be accurate and honest were it said that the author ate some emotional soup in his childhood and spent a lifetime trying to digest it.

Through the years, the author has made his mistakes, taken his risks, and has been forever searching for some elusive ‘white buffalo’ that could make sense of his wanderlust life. These elements are there in the books he has authored, in the characters, in the action and scenes portrayed, and in the musing quality of his narrative style. These elements can be heard in the songs he has written. He has had despair and sorrow. He has had great moments of joy and happiness. His life is likely not so different from everyman.

He has proudly and honorably served his country in the United States Navy. He made it to college graduation with a BA degree in English. He taught high school ‘Advanced Writing’ and subsequently worked for some major textbook publishers. He has owned and run a business. He has acted in film, stage, television, and has been a model. He has lived in many locales, in California, on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and in  Arizona for the major part of his adult life.

He currently resides  in Lincoln’s country, Kentucky. There he writes his books, enjoys the beautiful rolling green hills. He sips and sits and muses as he gazes out upon the people of the land baling their hay, tending their cattle. There is peace and serenity here, perhaps his end-point. Then, who knows when that nomadic stirring settles again within a hidden chamber of his body and he follows the instincts of his soul?

With him ‘for all seasons’ is a cherished wife named Julie Anne and a Bengal cat named George, a feisty fur-ball full of love. His beloved sons, daughters, and families are living along a wide arc of country, from Hawaii to Maryland…but they are never out of touch…

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  1. Hello, Billy! You are one of the fifteen bloggers I nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The award says it all, I guess, and I believe you deserve it. Cheers! Congrats! =) — Francis (www.thefrancisbaraanivblog.wordpress.com)

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    • Thank you for nominating me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award.’ You honor me. Hopefully, I can get about the ‘mechanics’ business of acceptance in the near future. My very best wishes. Incidentally, I’m following you on twitter.

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  2. Searching through postings and comments brought me to you. We have been among wolves… I have just begun this techno-writing. I do enjoy doing set ups for the memoir stories I have written. Take a look. I am building my blogger groups. Then maybe at a later blog time we shall discuss The Shack. In time.

    http://memoriesofatime.com

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  3. I nominated YOU for the Triple Bouquet Award which is The Best Moment Award, The Most Versatile Blogger Award and Sunshine Award. Congratulations!! Come on down by clicking here, http://wp.me/s3ia4v-1187 to collect your awards along with instructions on accepting said awards …which means a little bit of homework to follow said rules.

    Whispering Insights aka Oliana Kim

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    • The pleasure is mine. Thanks for your good posts – they remind all of us why we’re free and the heavy cost paid for our liberty. Hope we can change the current political climate of seeming apathy and ineptness. All my best wishes.

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  4. This was a startlingly familiar history, in how similar it is to my own (except the military). Uncanny… Except that I finally got out west, and was fool enough to leave for “a secure job”. The security is slim, and not worth the price. So now I’m Arizona dreaming; southwest dreaming — again. :) Great big hug to you and yours.

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