A Journey Blessed (novella) – by Stephen Philip Druce

“We’ll be in Shrewsbury soon” said the driver. Gordon had hitched
a lift from Manchester with nothing but a guitar on his back and a
feather in his cap – finally escaping the crime-ridden council estate
he’d lived in all his life. Gordon was a precocious musical talent with
a natural sense of rhythm – learning his trade by hitting pots and pans
with wooden spoons. In his teenage years he discovered an aptitude
for the guitar and the piano – attributing his musical prowess to his father
who played the drums in a jazz band. All the gigs he’d played, the
recording sessions he’d been involved in and the useful contacts he’d made
in the city, all seemed futile now. Without the offer of a record deal the