ROCKER BYE BABY BY CLAIRE MEAR
ROCKER BYE BABY
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Rocker Bye Baby from the onset is a unique and compelling book. Claire’s impassioned writing launches you into a stratosphere of emotion. Part autobiography, part esoteric, these two elements combine seamlessly to create something quite remarkable. There has been a physical need to produce a book such as this, as the trauma of a full-term stillborn baby leaves you with such a void, but also with an intense need to form some logic and reasoning behind such a heart-breaking loss. This devastation has been the catalyst, the impetus, and the spark behind this memoir. Claire’s life has been one of intense highs and lows. Her story carries us into the realms of big thinking, endless day-dreaming with some miracle-making on the side. Overall, it encourages you to never give up! On this journey, we confront the divine aspects of our very existence. One moment you will laugh aloud, the next openly weep. A piece of writing which can create such an emotional juxtaposition is a rare and beautiful thing. Stark, absorbing, honest and immensely passionate. This book will leave you exhilarated, uplifted, and wanting more. A magnificent life-affirming debut.
If you have followed this page or my ramblings over the years I should not need to introduce the subject of Mearfest. It is a cause that has been close to my heart for what must be more than 4 years( probably more as I have 5 t-shirts now). For those who do not know(or have just not been paying attention, tut tut) Mearfest is a metal festival that was originally set up to raise funds in Brian Mear’s mothers name with everything raised going to charity.
After a great start tragedy struck for Brian and his wife Claire as their unborn daughter Molly was pronounced dead days before her due date and from here on in Mearfest was linked to Molly with money raised going to the amazing hospital where Claire gave birth and said goodbye to Molly.
The festival took what would break most couples and celebrated and embraced Molly with her handprint being used for t-shirts and the backdrop that would be on the stage for the festival. That Backdrop is sitting beside me as I write this awaiting this latest lockdown to be over so I can take Molly on tour of Scotland and spread her legend even further.
These things and more I have known for some time but this book decides to tell the whole story From Claire’s perspective. I will be honest, I was expecting this book to be a tough read, just reading the main page on the website( https://www.mearfest.org) is enough to break most parents hearts so I had to build myself up to it.
I was so wrong as this book is completely uplifting, yes, the book hits you hard at the start as it goes straight into the hard hitting details of a mother and father being told their unborn child is dead but I feel this was to try and give you a jolt, to put everything into perspective. It certainly grabs your attention but after this you are taken on a journey. Claire’s journey from birth to the moment of the opening of the book and beyond.
To be fair it was not a journey I had expected but it gave you a background, a history and summation of how events can change, twist and turn but still head in one direction. All throughout the book I got a feeling Claire was running from things, from her childhood for instance. A childhood that mirrored my own so closely it was bloody scary.
Claire ran and ran to the point she did not really take in what she had achieved with each step she took. Her story is incredible, she done things a lot of people would dream of but she still never found her calling. I felt at every point of her life had she taken a different path she would still be here telling the same story and that scared me a bit.
It also kept replaying a scene from the film Matrix in my head where the oracle spoke to Neo saying you will walk away saying you do not believe in all this fate crap. I always kind of felt like that but life keeps slapping me in the face with my own words and says this stuff is real.
How do you deal with things like that? Well buy this book and Claire will tell you. She has had everything thrown at her and she came out the other side stronger than any person you can imagine...but it was no easy ride.
The surprises that hit me from the book was the humour that Claire has throughout, she laughs at herself and her choices non stop. The next surprise was the spiritual nature of the book. I am sure some people will think what the hell but I have witness some strange things in my time so I was more than open to this and with each tale I knew where Claire was coming from. The last surprise was...just how many mobile phones the woman has had.
I do not want to try and put any more of the book into this review, it would be impossible and Claire does it so much better. I was physically moved by this story. It grabbed me from the start and once I got the courage to read it I finished it in two days. I could not put it down. I could use the old adage its a real page turner but to be fair that is the very least a book should be and it is so much more.
This book is not just centered around one tragic moment, it is not just for those who have felt the same loss. As much as this tale will help those parents understand and forge their own way through the horror it has lessons for us all.
I lost count of how many similar positions I have been in life and how I dealt with them differently, some more successfully than Claire and plenty with a way worse outcome but that is the whole gist of this book. It is not a guide to a perfect life, far from it. It is one woman’s life, her struggles, her woes, her misplaced desperate pleas and her finally listening to her body, her guardians and those around her.
Everyone can learn from this book and for every person that takes just one lesson away from this book Claire has won, her struggles were worth it and most of all the story of Molly becomes wrapped in history and typeset.
Available from Mearfest website(where you will get a signed copy) or Amazon."
By Ritchie Birnie at Jace Media original review here