Max calls the tune

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

An Auck­land au­thor has com­bined his pas­sion for a quirky story with his love of mu­sic.

Max Cryer’s new book Love Me Ten­der ex­plores the sto­ries be­hind 40 of the world’s favourite songs.

Long-time One­hunga res­i­dent Mr Cryer says he has been in­volved in mu­sic in one way or an­other since he was a child.

Along with re­search­ing his ra­dio show Cu­ri­ous Ques­tions, he says the two things came to­gether eas­ily.

“Th­ese in­trigu­ing lit­tle snip­pets would cross my desk at Ra­dio Live,” he says.

Re­search­ing the sto­ries be­hind the songs took him two and a half years. In the book, Mr Cryer delves into the back­grounds of songs rang­ing from Amaz­ing Grace and Si­lent Night to Twin­kle Twin­kle Lit­tle Star.

He says pub­lish­ers Ex­isle were very stern when se­lect­ing the tunes, in­sist­ing he stick to only very well-known ones.

“There were some that I had to turn down be­cause there was no story,” he says.

Mr Cryer’s fas­ci­na­tion with the ori­gins of lan­guage and songs is ob­vi­ously shared by the pub­lic – the first print run of the book sold out in 10 days.

Two of his ear­lier books The God­zone Dic­tio­nary of Favourite New Zealand Words and Phrases, 2006 and Cu­ri­ous Ques­tions were best­sellers.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Songs and sto­ries: Max Cryer’s new book Love Me Ten­der ex­plores the mean­ings be­hind our favourite songs.

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