Good Morning Bree, thank you for being here this morning
and answering all these wonderful questions about your adventure...
Q&A with Bree Housley, Author of We Hope You Like This Song
1. What inspired you and your sister to embark on your yearlong tribute to Shelly and then to go on to write We Hope You Like This Song?
What inspired us to begin the yearlong tribute to Shelly was pretty random. I was having a not-so-intellectual conversation with my friends, Ami and Kerry, at the bar shortly after New Year’s Day in 2009. We were discussing the ridiculousness of New Year’s resolutions and how no one ever sticks to them. This led us to talk about things we could maybe do for a week, but not a whole year. Then we moved on as you do with most bar conversations. However, unlike most bar conversations, I couldn’t forget about it. I kept replaying it in my head. It reminded me a lot of Shelly’s way of life. She would do anything on any given day. So on a whim; I decided to try it. I emailed my sister to see if she thought it was stupid…because I was pretty sure it was probably stupid. Courtnee not only liked the idea, she asked if she could join me. We decided at that point to keep track of our “project” via blog. If she hadn’t come along on the adventure, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten through the year!
As for the book, I always knew I wanted to tell the story of my friendship with Shelly, but it was just too sad. I didn’t want to write a sob story about how I lost my best friend. However, once the blog project got going, I found myself opening up about Shelly in ways I never had before. I was basically going through a happy version of therapy. The kind where you don’t have to sit face-to-face and talk to a stranger who just keeps repeating “…and how does that make you feel?” The blog project gave me closure. It was the happy ending I yearned for. I couldn’t wait to put those words on a page and share our story with others.
2. What experience had the most profound effect on you during your Shelly-inspired year?
Well, there were quite a few “resolutions” that taught me valuable lessons, even if I humiliated myself in the process. In fact, Karaoke is a big example of that. I was scared to death to do it, but when I found my inner Shelly and butchered an old Christmas tune in front of a bunch of strangers, it quickly became one of my favorite experiences. I learned that living life out loud (and out of tune) is more rewarding than sitting in the corner humming along. But to answer the question, the blog itself had the most profound experience on me. I learned that opening up to people, whether they’re strangers, friends, or acquaintances, opens up your mind in so many ways. Court and I have always been introverts, so living the live of an extrovert for a year was rather enlightening. And also terrifying.
3. The title of this book is We Hope You Like This Song. What significance does music have to your relationship and memories with Shelly?
So much. One of our oldest and dearest memories was the first time we truly bonded in fourth grade. We were waiting for our dads to finish talking after a chorus concert and before we knew it, we were skipping to the drinking fountain together singing, “We’re going to get a drink, a drink, a drink. We’re going to get a drink and we hope you like this song.” We never forgot that song and still busted it out randomly throughout the years.
We also made each other mixtapes. Much like people who are dating. We had so many special songs. Memories flood my mind when I hear any one of them on the radio. I still have the last mixtape she made for me when I moved across the country after college. She gave me a note with it that explained why each song was chosen. This is the one time my packrat ways proved to be beneficial. I will always treasure it.
Thank you Bree, you no doubt have wisdom beyond your years!
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