Saturday, July 17, 2010

My #1 Summer Read

If you're looking for a great book to read this summer I highly recommend this one. I took it with me on the plane when I left for Canada, and was able to finish it right after we got back.

Ozzy has always been a bit mysterious to me.  Growing up I always heard he was a Satanist so I didn't buy his music, but it turns out that was a fabricated description he chose not to correct until years later.  I've never really followed his life, but I admire the success he's become.  Plus I really enjoy seeing his wife Sharon on tv.  She reminds me a lot of my mom with her style and her 'I am what I am' attitude.

Reading this book was what I imagined sitting down and having a conversation with Ozzy would be like. It was easy to get through 40 pages in just one sitting. Granted, if we were really having a one-on-one conversation I wouldn't have understood Ozzy as plainly as reading a transcription.  His heavy accent, plus his slurs and slang, make for a complicated interaction, I imagine.

His story is a roller coaster ride, as I'm sure you can imagine if you've ever known any details about his career.  He's really a lucky fellow, but he'll tell you that too in the book.  I love a good rags to riches story, especially when people turn out better in the end.  I hope I have as many guardian angels as this guys has, although I don't think I'll ever consciously test that out like Ozzy did time and time again.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think I could be good friends with the guy knowing what I know about his past. I have a hard time doling out patience to grown men who have led a life with little or no self-control. But, I'm keen on a happy ending, and it seems like that's what he's had.