Every now and then, a book comes along that allows you a glimpse into the perception of circumstances presented through a decently told storyline. The Waymor tells the story of unfulfilled dreams, unrealized passions and basic human drama. The story revolves around four older jazz performers that form a band called “Four the Hard Way”: Marvin, Lucky, Kenny and Perry. They receive a call to fill in for a band that cancelled at the last minute at The Waymor, and it is in this performance that one of the members realizes that he should never have given up playing to begin with. Clearly, this is (and has always been) his first love.
The night that “Four the Hard Way” play at the The Waymor, they meet four women: Emily, Mary, Shirley and Crystal…and the drama begins. You get the sense that this is the author’s first attempt at writing a book, and you would be correct. This is not to say that this is a bad read. It’s not. But there is so much more that could have been done with this story from both a character development perspective as well as a composition standpoint. With that being said, the basic storyline isn’t bad. The publication, although set in a jazz club isn’t about jazz at all; it’s about human dynamics. In many ways, it plays to the “What if” questions that most older individuals encounter at one point or another in their lives. It’s about misunderstandings and forgiveness…two redeeming qualities of this story. It doesn’t rely on typical street drama to tell the tale. Clearly, the authors come from a generation where creativity overruled the addictions of the street. There’s a certain level of maturity that guides the reader into the world of The Waymor. But the story glows when it could have shined. It reads as if someone were telling you a story as opposed to allowing the reader to become fully immersed and allowing their imaginations to take them to places unknown.
There are pockets of well written paragraphs throughout the book. This is yet another redeeming factor of this publication. Once again, The Waymor isn’t a bad read, but it isn’t a great read. It’s entertaining. Think of this book as a car ride on a very bad rainy day: You get to your destination but you had to slow down quite a few times to avoid having accidents or hitting potholes.
Note: For additional information about the authors, please see link to “One on One with Will Smith I and Tony Smith” below: