Losing his religion… if he’d had any to begin with.

Jacob Will was never big on religion, not that he wasn’t exposed to it. At some point, it didn’t “take.” Maybe it was the glut of televangelists on TV that turned him off. So going into a church for his best friend’s funeral was not high on his list, bucket or otherwise.

And a conversation with the minister afterwards was completely unexpected. What made it more so was the life-altering effect it was to have on him.

Had he given it any thought, the lyrics from an R.E.M. song, Losing My Religion might have resonated with him.

A friend’s influence can last forever.

A Coward’s Guide to Living Soundtrack

Throughout A Coward’s Guide to Living protagonist Jacob Will’s life, music had played an influential role. His father played the music which becomes a reflection of Jacob’s thoughts and/or moods. Quite catholic in scope, it makes for an interesting soundtrack to the story.

Richard Thompson‘s ’52 Vincent Black Lightning is just one of the pieces of music Jacob Will references in the book. Read more about Jacob’s Music at bmeisterman.com .