Why I wrote a second autobiography

Why I wrote a second autobiography

Posted on September 5 by Liona Boyd in Non-fiction
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My second autobiography, No Remedy for Love, has just been published by Dundurn Press along with a re-release of In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music, the autobiography that was published way back in 1998 by Stoddart Publishing.

Well, somehow it seemed time for a new memoir considering that so many things had changed my life, and one day in 2013 I decided that I owed it to myself and also to my fans to write a sequel to In My Own Key, in part to explain my absence from the concert scene for six years, in part to explain why I suddenly decided to become a singer-songwriter as well as a guitarist, to explain why I divorced a man who most women would jump at the chance to marry, to explain why I left a glamorous international life based in Beverly Hills returned to Toronto, and in part just to please myself. Yes autobiographies are not completely written for fans and friends; they’re written for the authors themselves. Perhaps some writers find the process torturous or defer to a ghostwriter, but speaking for myself I have always loved the writing process, whether creating poetry, penning an essay or sharing my life experiences in an autobiography. I imagine that sometime long into the future I shall sit, nursing a cup of tea, in some well-worn rocking chair…. (and hopefully not a wheelchair!) and these two books will serve as a kind of diary that I’ll occasionally dip into and enjoy reliving with nostalgia the memories of my times past. So yes, I guess writing any autobiography is both a generous and a selfish act.

Over the years I’ve had so much satisfaction composing classical music for my beloved guitar, and now have the double pleasure of creating poetic lyrics, many of which have been included at the end of my latest autobiography, No Remedy for Love. I’ve used my words to convey feelings about such varied subjects as the degradation of our planet and global warming, the abuse of animals, and my take on love and romance. I chose to use the same title, part of a beautiful quote by Henry David Thoreau, as it seemed to fit both my album and the new book.

No Remedy for Love began to take shape in the magical city of Venice, Italy, while sitting listening to the orchestra play in San Marco Square. It was an unplanned yet utterly inspiring experience to realize my connection to so much of the music. I also wrote obsessively on planes, in airports, on buses and trains, at friends’ cottages, and sometimes in the early mornings in Palm Beach or late into the night in my Toronto condo. I remembered the psychic who had predicted I would become a writer when it was the furthest thing from my thoughts.

Well here I am in 2017 with a new book and an old book (that I read and recorded last winter for future audio version). I also just finished a few concerts with my wonderful 26-year-old musical accompanist Andrew and look forward to upcoming performances this fall. I certainly have lived many more chapters than most people I know and believe me, I count my blessings every day! I survived both emotional and physical challenges and now have a beautiful new album of songs to go along with the books. I'm very proud of both and have many people to thank for helping me along my journey.

Liona Boyd

Posted by Kendra on December 20, 2016
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Liona Boyd

Liona Boyd, known around the world as “The First Lady of the Guitar,” has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles, many of which have gone gold and platinum. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Guitar Gallery of Greats, and won five Juno awards. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.