Peace Love Music

Peace Love MusicBy Cornelia Amiri

Publisher: Eternal Press
Publication Date: May 6, 2011
Genre: Romance
Source: Author

Jodi’s birthday breaks her free of the foster care scene and launches her on a journey of self discovery. She thumbs her way to Woodstock to groove on peace, love, and music.The moment Blue spots Jodi strutting toward him barefoot in the rain, he’s overcome with déjà vu. She doesn’t share his feeling that they were lovers in a previous life, thinking it’s half crazy, still she feels she’s meant to be with the irresistible hippie. As an adult now Jodi’s free to be naughty rather than nice and he’s the man who can make her wildest dreams, the sensual ones, come true.

Is she headed for a love in at his tepee?

Goodreads Summary

With little more than a bedroll and pictures of her parents who died a long time ago, Jodi’s been hitching her way across New York, saying goodbye to her foster family in the Bronx to get to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel for Woodstock.  She may have arrived homeless and lonely but now the atmosphere of community and love envelops her.  Caught up in the music, she meets the eyes of Blue and is struck with the feeling that she’s met him somewhere before.  He feels it too – and believes they’re destined to be together.  They spend the entire weekend together, singing, dancing and engaging in a little free love.

I’m a little young to have had anything to do with the original Woodstock (seriously, I am!), so this sounded like fun.  I did have to consult a few ex-hippies with questions, so this may need to be considered a joint review.  Seriously, I’m not going there with that joke.

This is a very short novella, so there’s not a lot of room for character development or plot – and all of this takes place during the course of Jodi’s time at Woodstock which was only three and a half days.  While they did take up some room, I loved all of the little details that reminded me where and when this was taking place – the kids climbing up on the scaffolding to get a better view of the stage, the oats and fruit that got passed out for breakfast, communal-style (and the comments about it not being cool to eat meat) and of course the sliding around in the mud before skinny dipping in the pond.

The dialogue didn’t take up much room – when, “groovy,” is an all-encompassing answer to anything, there aren’t a lot of long periods of discussion.  I think the author let the music do a lot of the talking for Jodi – the lyrics seem to have often been chosen to reflect what she was feeling or to give insight into her character but by the last third of the story I was tired of the bands and ready for something else from the characters.

I didn’t think the “past lovers” storyline worked here, mostly because the story was too short and it wasn’t explored well but also because the small piece of it in a dream Blue has is odd – odd enough that I really don’t know if I was supposed to take it literally, given that he called Jodi, “my lady.”  Blue was very sweet to Jodi in a sort of hippie romantic way (I was told there was such a thing by my source) and I thought their relationship was believable enough except for one sexual encounter at the end that I considered out of character for Blue and pretty much shocked me right out of the story.

My Summary: This story has the historical details of Woodstock down perfectly – the sights and sounds are conveyed well and even though it’s not my generation, I still had the flavor of it.  I felt like the characters were spawned from Woodstock rather than being conceived separately from it though – without the music, there would have been no Jodi and without Blue’s feeling of being reincarnated with her, there would be no feeling of them having to be together.  Something simpler could have worked beautifully.

My Rating: C



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