MARVIN BAXTER'S BACKGROUND MUSIC
This was judged as the winning piece in the international Eyelands 9th Short Story Competition.
The competition theme was 'Round Midnight' and this particular story revolved around Miles Davis' famous song by the same name of the theme.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
7 year old Marvin Baxter grows up with a mother who changes her men like she changes her clothes.
Through all the unrest and instability within his life, Marvin uses the music from vinyls to help him drown out the trauma he is continually faced with.
Even with all the drugs, therapy and other means of help available to us, not everyone can get the help they need, when they need it.
Marvin's use of music as a coping mechanism is testament to finding a way to endure, when no way seems to possible.
Interview after being announced the winner
How did you feel when you saw the results?
This was an international contest and as a writer you’re often scared to put your work out there. Especially on such a big platform. I remember opening the mail that announced the winning results and not expecting much. When I clicked on the link to the site and saw my name there, I shouted out loud. My college at work sitting next me thought I was crazy. Now I’m a crazy man who’s won an international contest. I’ll take that.
How did you hear about the contest?
A friend told me about it. Her name is Google.
When did you start writing?
We’re all writing from a young age. Whether it’s at school or whether we’re scribbling on a wall we shouldn’t be scribbling on. To be honest, I don’t remember when exactly I started writing nor do I remember whether I truly enjoyed it as a kid. But 2009 was a significant year for me. I couldn’t find a job so I started writing a book. After that, I knew that writing was an outlet and a channel for me to address whatever I was going through in life. Since then I’ve found it very hard not to write. It’s a sickness I quietly pray I will be never be cured of.