I thoroughly enjoyed this book! As the reader, I felt as though I was right there with the main character due to the way the author described his journey through sounds, thoughts, sights and feelings. You don't have to be a musician or a runner to truly appreciate this book. Any person who has been through times of perserverance, self-doubt, fighting negative thoughts, and feelings of failure will feel validated that they are not alone. The big take home message is at the end of the day, happiness is a choice regardless of your situation. Great, uplifting book! Highly recommend it!
I was surprised the book was written in third person. It was a pleasant surprise. I pictured a cartoonish Mitch the whole time. It was amazing to feel his beautiful soul and his love for Dylan transcend the pages. I was happy, sad, I cried, I laughed. I had so many emotions just like when I hear his music. This a great gift to all fans.
I found Mitch Aldens book AWESOME, and super motivational. I love his dedication to running, music and his love for his wife and fur child Breeze. I find Mitch's book very detailed in all aspects, his mind is amazing with detail. I'm very much (hint- hint) looking forward to his next book, and many running adventures together if our schedules ever collide.
As a friend of the author, I'm a bit bias when it comes to writing this review.
That being said, this is a great read. It is full of personal and honest thoughts from the mind of one of the nicest people to walk/run this planet. He perfectly blends the world of running with the world of music in a way I didn't expect.
If you have a creative bone in your body, be ready to be inspired to get up and go for a run or to create something new. If Mitch can do what he did during the time covered in this book, we have no excuse.
And one final thought that I must share is there is a special chapter told by his beloved dog Roo. This chapter alone makes the book worth the purchase price. It made me laugh and tear up a bit as I had the pleasure of meeting this special furry friend while they were still with us.
I've known Mitch for about 15 years. We first met at one of his gigs in Bangor Maine at a local watering hole/restaurant called The Sea Dog. We heard through a mutual friend that this guy had written a few Stephen King related songs and was playing downtown and so our merry band of King fans, in town for a King convention, headed over and heard him play. What a GREAT time we had! He left such a lasting impression on myself and my friends, so much so, that over the years we would learn of where and when he was playing and we'd follow him and his band, NOWisNOW. I'd never met anyone SO happy & SO positive in all my life. His lyrics touched me, they still do. :)
And so after reading this book, or 'being in Mitch's head' as he puts it, I couldn't believe all the anxiety and self doubt he experiences. Because he always puts out so much positive energy at his gigs, I just couldn't fathom him having any self doubt whatsoever and it made me tear up a bit. The 3rd person was different, yet cute and I hadn't expected it. I smiled and I laughed at him talking to himself out loud. And wondered if he really did that as much in real life as he did in the book. :) Since I know his music, I could hear the songs in my head while reading and it enhanced the experience. Super hugs, super proud and so much Congrats to you Mitch on your marathoning, your marriage & your music! You rock, You run, You rule! <3 xox
Check out this book folks, but before you do that, check out his music: NOWisNOW.com you'll be glad you did.
I was Mitch's high school English teacher in his junior year on Long Island. He graduated in 1987. I, of course, am partial when a former student asks me to read his/her book. MUSICAL MILE, however, presented me with a different challenge. It was about running,( marathons no less) and a type of music that for me was foreign territory. Basically, I'm lethargic and a lover of classical music. So, I was a bit leery as to what my reaction would be to a different world
As began reading, my first impression was, "Wow! This kid can really write !" I was caught up by the sensitivity of his impressions and the accuracy his images. His relationship to his subjects was simply poetical. But then something dawned on me. I didn't have to run to appreciate his total dedication, to and love for this sport. I could simply sit and envy his obvious devotion and drive in attempting to give it his best. The music was an easier solution. He had given me a CD of his music, and here I could easily become part of a world that he had created that was not only true to life, idealistic and poetically explosive, but equally impressive was a voice that without effort pierced through the center of his lyrics. Here was an honest direct and true artist.
As all good books, this one transformed me, changed my outlook on things, and made my life just a bit richer. Mitch and I met a few weeks ago after all these years, and I have to say, and here I will admit to total bias and pride, the man and the writer are one and the same.
George Blouin/Auburn Maine
P.S. I will be attending his concert this summer when he sings in Auburn. My advice? Go into Mitch's world !