Ken Bontempo The Love Songs of Henry Canary

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The Love Songs of Henry Canary

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Kelly Kane, 25, is on a personal quest to write about her mother's first and only love for her magazine. An interview with Henry Canary recalls his life from his childhood in Connecticut in the 1940s to his life as an emotional drifter in California in 1988. Kelly becomes entangled in Henry's life and neither can predict the surprising outcome of his story.

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Mr. Bontempo is an advertising copywriter who attended high school in Connecticut, received his BA from CCNY and an MA from NYU. The story of Henry Canary is a compilation of people, places and events that have influenced and affected the author's own life.

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Prologue

"'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

If Alfred Tennyson were alive today he might have spoken those words to Henry Canary.

The Love Songs of Henry Canary is, indeed, a story of love, but it is not exactly a romantic tale. It is about a man who is in love with life even though his life seems as disoriented as a blind man walking through a minefield. It is the story of the boy-next-door who grew up in a small factory town in Connecticut believing life should be fair and, in spite of his experiences to the contrary, that the pursuit of happiness was still possible.

Henry's is a life filled with loves and losses, hopes and dreams, with happiness and tragedy balanced by humor and kindness. His life is full, yet empty--crowded with emotional, psychological, and philosophical dichotomies.

"Be careful of what you wish for because you might not get it." -
Henry Canary

Celebrities keep telling struggling contenders to follow their dreams. Psychologists often tell their patients to give up their fantasies. How do you know if your dream is really a fantasy? At what point do you give up the fantasy and try to understand reality? Can you be happy with your reality knowing that you have given up your dream?

If, sitting in the back of a tavern, Henry's friends were to comment on his life, they would probably say his life is just a life, unlike any other, yet similar to all around him. Were Henry to enter the tavern, they would certainly invite him over for a drink and ask him to tell them a story, for Henry always had a story to tell. Henry would tell his story to the entertainment of his audience, then be dismissed from their consciousness minutes after his departure.

At many points in time, we all become stars for a moment. Then we slip back into being a member of the audience. The trick to living a well-balanced life is knowing when, and to whom, you are truly a star and when you are merely a spectator.

If you have love, you will always be a star. Without love, you will only be a spectator (or a spectacle).

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