"Things Are Gettin' Outta Hand"
About the Author
Larry Buford is a journalist, and singer/songwriter. He is a staff writer for Kalamazoo Michigan s Community Voices, and also appears as a freelance writer for other news publications including the Michigan Chronicle and the Los Angeles Sentinel. Once a songwriter for Motown Records, Larry now publishes his own music, and was recently made aware that a song from his catalog I Think I m Gonna Be Blue was included in a compilation CD titled Independent Soul released in the United Kingdom.
Growing up in the factory town of Detroit then known as the Motor City before it became known as Motown Larry, the eldest of six children, grew up through some difficult times. Early on, Larry learned to escape the reality of hardship by listening to music and reading. He would read anything from Grimmís Fairy Tales to Victor Hugo s Les Miserables. Deeply influenced by music, he sang in his high school Glee Club and studied cello. It was there that he used to opt for the library rather than study hall where he would read (among other things) Emily Dickinson s poems and create melodies for them. It was also there at age 15 that he wrote his first significant song called Sometimes with lyrics that reflected his thoughts of suicide. Through that experience he learned to channel his impulses and emotions through his writings rather than contemplate acting upon them.
Larry attempted his first news article at age 10. He was always writing songs, stories, or poems, but when people began showing more interest in the songs, he placed all other writings on hold. It wasn t until years later when his wife suggested he extend his writings into other areas that he resumed his journalistic pursuits. Larry has since written countless articles, reviews, and celebrity profiles for various publications. This book/CD, Things Are Gettin Outta Hand is a compilation of some of the articles and songs born out of the passion Larry has for writing about real, human interest issues of everyday living.
"This is no time for making excuses. It's time to tell the truth, and show one another how to apply it to everyday living."
"...there are enough things affecting our lives which we have no control over, but the things we can control, we should do with diligence."
"While it seems like all hell is breaking loose, one may ask, is America being judged or tested?
"During World War II the American people were called upon to make sacrifices. Today, no one is calling for sacrifice..."
"For some of us it's gotten so we expect things to always go our way, and we don't want to be inconvenienced in the least."
"Larry, your writings are superb!"
Claudette Robinson, original member of "Smokey Robinson & The Miracles", and "First Lady of Motown"
"Brilliant! Great writing and music to boot!"
Ron Brewington, Educator (Nat'l V.P. of the Motown Alumni Association
"I enjoyed the book. The author is to be commended."
Steve Holsey, Entertainment Editor, Michigan Chronicle
~Larry Buford, freelance writer residing in Los Angeles
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