We've been really excited about the reconnections that have occured due to the LaPorte, Indiana project. We've recently received an email from Ted Quinn, from Joshua Tree, California, who was born in LaPorte, Indiana, but moved with his family to California when he was a toddler. These days, Ted is a musician (check out his website at www.tedquinn.com). As it turns out, he's already written a song about LaPorte! Here's what he has to say about it:
"I was born in the LaPorte, Indiana, depicted in Jason's book, mid-century, Middle America. My parents dreamed of going west and I was still a baby when they took that 'California trip' along Route 66. I grew up in 1960s Hollywood, a million miles from LaPorte, but that little town by the lake remained in my subconscious. On a cross-country drive I took as an adult, I stopped in LaPorte for a few minutes; I saw a boy riding a bicycle. In that boy, I saw my own father and I saw myself if my family had stayed there. Jason's book has a ring of familiarity, in a literal sense, like the recurring dream I describe in the song. My only real memory of LaPorte was always the sight of my father and my older brother raking autumn leaves."
We loved the song so much that we'd like to help share it with all of you: Click here to download an MP3 of Ted Quinn's "LaPorte, Indiana" Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!