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