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Life is a Celebration

Life is a Celebration

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Memoir about how a rock star and his music (Rick Springfield) gave me hope, friendships, and changed my life in unexpected ways.
Memoir about how a rock star and his music (Rick Springfield) gave me hope, friendships, and changed my life in unexpected ways.

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Published by: Claire S. Springfield on Jan 31, 2013
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Life is a
 
Ce ebration
a memoir by Claire S. Springfield
with a foreword by Donna Brucks Birtles
Who knew following a rock star around the country could be the key to happiness?
 
 The manuscript you are about to read was never intended to be this long. It was supposedto be an essay, maybe 3-4 pages, to articulate for myself why and how the music of Rick Springfield plays such a big role in my life. What I found as I started to write was that Icouldn't adequately relate all of my feelings in just a few pages. A fair amount of  background was necessary for it to all make sense – especially if I wanted to address howI ended up taking his last name as a means of moving forward. Much of what I wrote inthis story is about my personal life, and I have tied things together with my experiences atconcerts, friendships I’ve made with other fans, and moments talking with Rick. All of ithas been a journey, one that continues.All of the people represented in this book are real, though in some cases the names have been changed.I want to thank my friends who have supported me in this project, especially SharlaHibberd who has discussed, read, heard, and participated in various elements of this storyso many times she could probably tell it in her sleep. I also want to thank my family for letting me write freely, especially my mother, Madalyn. And to my Super Close Peeps,you know who you are. I love you beyond measure.Last, I want to thank Rick Springfield for being who he is and for not banning me fromhis concerts.
 
 Copyright © 2013 by Claire Springfield (pending)All rights reservedFirst Edition 2013Cover and book design: Sharla HibberdBack photo layout: Katie BossieEditor: Susan CarrollUnless otherwise noted, all photographs are courtesy of author’s personal collection.Cover photos: Courtesy of 
www.BigPartyDJs.com
, Ashley Wren, and Burgess Cobb

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Claire, I plan on sending you an email in regards to what this book did for me! I spent all day yesterday and half of today reading straight through this book of total and complete awesomeness! You are truly Amazing and need to PLEASE keep writing about your life's journey!!! You were one of the FIRST people to have brought me into the "Rick" world again and I felt a closeness with sharing your Da
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Kery Yanda added this note
Wonderful read! Thanks for sharing.
Diane Brucks McDonald added this note
Claire, What a wonderful story of life and moving forward. You have written a book that will touch so many people.....some fans, some friends and some "future fans". That was me.....I first saw Rick in Boca before the cruise. I watched in awe throughout the cruise which was a special treat for me because I am Donna's sister (Beeb Birtles) and it was so wonderful seeing Zoot's reunion concert.
Shelly Luttman added this note
I read this from cover to cover in 24 hours. Once I started, I could not stop. Thank you for sharing such personal information with us. Very well written, Claire. I felt like I was on the journey of life with you.
Eve Weber Smith added this note
Ok, Claire, I "sped read" "speed read" it...and plan to take my time to enjoy it slowly, like it should be in the coming days. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us! <3
Lois M. Ross added this note
Hi Claire, Thank you so much. I love every part of your book. You write very well,but the best part about it is the wonderful emotion and personality that you are able to express concerning the people who have been or still are important in your life. I really enjoyed reading about the steady growth of your friendship with Rick. I did not get to go on the cruise,and I never got to meet the

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