D. Cornell Butler, Jr., First National Vice President of Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated – a fraternity founded in 1985 for gay, bisexual, and progressive men – will release his new book Songs in the Key of Heartbreak on September 4, 2012.
Songs in the Key of Heartbreak is Butler’s first novel. In the book, the protagonist, narrator, and main character goes through a series of things that may resonate with readers of all walks of life. The single most important element of the book however, is the soundtrack. “Music, such that it is, is the story of life. None of us is experiencing something that someone else has not previously experienced,” said Butler. “Music helps us cope because the lyrics are artistically coupled with instruments to tell a story that will connect with us – wherever we are – physically and existentially.”
Our journeys are varied and different, but at the heart of everything, we are in desperate search of acceptance, a sense of value and requited love. No one ever said life was easy, but when we leave this life, we want to be sure that the world knows we were here – that we’ve lived, we’ve loved – and that we’ve contributed to something greater than ourselves.
Songs in the Key of Heartbreak is another patch in the quilt of legacy this author hopes to leave. Some will call it a coming of age novel, and it may be. But what it is intended to be is the beginning of the story of one man’s journey to truth, life and love.