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You see, what began to play from the all-over-the-house speakers (note to self: I need some of these) was the most incredible version of Bridge over Troubled Waters I had ever heard. This gentle unassuming man with his chalky-soft speaking voice and eyes that spring quickly to tears had sung in front of a crowd of thousands and the sound could melt the hardest heart. Never mind that the audience had paid their money to hear the "main man". This chap was pure gold.
Now here's the thing. When his producer happened to mention to the main man's producer that in his opinion this particular track was the best on the album, his reaction was to never allow this to happen again. Despite wowing the live crowds, he appeared on no future albums. Professional jealousy at its ugliest, I think.
So, what have I drawn from this with regard to my writing? Well, first, we should never judge a book by its cover, as Susan Boyle and my home-owner have so eloquently modelled. Second, even if we haven't played to capacity crowds, our stories are all worth telling - and hearing. And third, instead of biting down on sour grapes at someone else's success, let's join in the cheering. The heavens declare the glory of God, and so do we when we share in His creative process.
Jane Clamp is Creative Writer in Residence on the BBC Radio Norfolk Sunday Breakfast Show and on the Thought of the Day team at Premier Radio. She is currently editing her first novel and will be at Scargill House in June!